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September 11, 2012Tuesday was an eventful day in regards to men's basketball head coach Billy Gillispie's health and the future of the men's basketball program.
News broke around 10 a.m. Tuesday that Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt instructed Gillispie to not engage with the men's basketball program until Hocutt and Gillispie can meet face-to-face about player allegations of mistreatment which have been heavily publicized from ESPN and CBS Sports regarding practices over the NCAA guideline of 20 hours per week after being reprimanded for the same offense in January.
Around 6 p.m., reports surfaced Gillispie left Lubbock for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., by plane to receive further treatment for high blood pressure and stress related issues.
Gillispie had been hospitalized at the University Medical Center in Lubbock from Aug. 31 to last Thursday before being released and taking a medical leave of absence from Tech. Incidentally, Gillispie's initial hospitalization came just hours before he was supposed to meet with Hocutt regarding the mistreatment allegations.
At about 10:30 p.m., Tech released a statement regarding Gillispie and the future of the men's basketball program which reads:
"We hope Billy Gillispie has a full recovery, but we cannot wait forever as we have a basketball team that starts practice soon. In the meantime, Associate Head Coach Chris Walker will assume the responsibility for day-to-day operations of our men's basketball program. Coach Walker will ensure that leadership and accountability will be in place for our student athletes and staff.
"We have been seeking a swift resolution to this issue from the very beginning. We remain committed to communicating with Billy face-to-face regarding the issues related to the men's basketball program; however, time is of the essence."
Keep an eye on RedRaiderSports.com for all subsequent updates regarding the Gillispie situation.
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