Texas Tech's Billy Gillispie lasted just one season as the men's basketball coach, announcing his resignation on Thursday citing health problems as the reason.
Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt confirmed the reason for Gillispie's resignation. "Billy has decided to focus on his health, and we wish him a full recovery," said a press release on the school's website. "We are proud of the young men he has brought to this campus. Billy's decision allows him to concentrate on his well-being and allows us to turn our attention to preparations for the upcoming season."
However, some are likely very happy that Gillispie has decided to call it quits, because in the single season since he took over for Pat Knight, the Red Raiders were 8-23 and only 1-17 in the Big Twelve, not to mention the talk of the mistreatment of players. Gillispie had been on medical leave since the middle of September. He was being seen at the Mayo Clinic, telling the press that he was being treated for high blood pressure and stress.
This does not seem to line up with the facts, because the Mayo Clinic is known for treating difficult cases, and most people just go to their family doctor for high blood pressure and stress. Gillispie was told he could not be involved with the Athletics program "in any way" after his poor treatment of players at practice, even causing some injuries.
Chris Walker has been placed into the position of interim coach until they can find a replacement on a permanent basis. Billy Gillispie is 52. His record before joining Texas Tech was 148-108 in eight seasons.
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