Billy Gillispie Resigns at Texas Tech

by September 22, 2012

Once a promising coaching prospect in college hoops, Billy Gillispie officially resigned as head coach at Texas Tech Thursday citing “medical reasons,” ending a disappointing tenure that casts doubt on his future in Division I hoops. Gillispie’s tenure at Texas Tech began to unravel last month when reports surfaced of his alleged violation of NCAA practice-time rules and mistreatment of players. From ESPN: “Texas Tech fans had pinned their basketball hopes on Billy Gillispie. He had turned around two other flagging programs in the state, and they hoped he would do the same for the Red Raiders. They watched a difficult first year in which Texas Tech won just one Big 12 game. Now fans won’t get a chance to see a possible turnaround similar to what the 52-year-old coach had done at UTEP and Texas A&M. ‘Billy has decided to focus on his health, and we wish him a full recovery,’ athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a news release. ‘We are proud of the young men that 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.'”