Billy Gillispie back from Mayo Clinic
Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie has returned to Lubbock, Texas, after spending parts of four days at the Mayo Clinic, KAMC-TV of Lubbock reported Friday.
The station aired video of the coach on the tarmac Friday at Lubbock’s airport.
Gillispie left Lubbock for the famed medical facility in Rochester, Minn., Tuesday, texting the Avalanche-Journal of Lubbock that he was being tested for high blood pressure and stress “amongst other things.”
Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt said Tuesday before Gillispie left that the coach had been removed from day-to-day decisions regarding the team and was not to be involved with the program “in any way” until he and Gillispie could have a face-to-face meeting.
School athletics spokesman Blayne Beal told the Lubbock newspaper late Friday that there was no immediate word when Hocutt and Gillispie would meet.
The two were originally scheduled to meet Aug. 31 to discuss allegations of player abuse and secondary NCAA violations related to practices. But before the meeting could take place, Gillispie was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock early that morning. He later told the Avalanche-Journal that he felt like he was having a stroke or heart attack.
Gillispie spent six days in the hospital, after which time the school said the coach was on indefinite sick leave.
Assistant Chris Walker remains in charge of day-to-day operations of the team.