Billy Gillispie has officially resigned as head coach of the Texas Tech basketball program, as reported on Thursday afternoon by Red Raider Sports on Twitter. According to the team's official press release, associate head coach Chris Walker will take over the team until an interim head coach is found.
Gillispie had been accused of various forms of player mistreatment prior to the 2012 season, including installing overly long practices and playing injured players before they were fully healed. He was sent to the hospital because of high blood pressure and chest pains in early September and was recently getting treatment at the Mayo Clinic.
The Red Raiders hired Gillispie as their head coach in March 2011 following a solid coaching career at UTEP and Texas A&M. In his first and only season as Red Raiders coach, Gillispie's team went 8-23 and saw six players transfer out of the program at the end of the season.