Just hours after a story on ESPN.com detailed a potential player mutiny that could threaten the stability of his job, Texas Tech basketball coach Billy Gillispie was admitted to a hospital in Lubbock.
In an online report, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal cited a spokesman at University Medical Center who confirmed that Gillispie was in satisfactory condition and underwent an ultrasound procedure around noon. No further details were provided as to the reason behind Gillispie’s trip to the hospital.
The ESPN report from earlier on Friday detailed a recent conversation between Red Raider players, athletic director Koby Hocutt and associate athletics director Blayne Beal. Beal also issued a statement confirming that the meeting had taken place.
“We are aware and are looking into concerns within the leadership of our men’s basketball program. Student-athlete well-being is our top priority and a matter that we take extremely seriously at Texas Tech. Texas Tech is devoting its full resources to look into this matter.’’
Many of the issues raised by the players were similar to complaints heard at the University of Kentucky, where Gillispie coached for two seasons:
The player said that Gillispie is a "good coach, teacher and mentor, but he’s not the most personable person, not the coach you can go and talk to. He breaks you down. But he doesn’t build you back up. It’s hard to play for him when that happens every day. You feel like you’re getting torn down and you can’t get back up.’’
Texas Tech posted an 8-23 record in Gillispie’s first season at the school, and won just one game in Big 12 play. Since the season ended, six players have transferred.