NCAA, Texas Tech: Billy Gillispie did it again
by Rachel George, USA TODAY Sports
Former Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie continued to exceed NCAA practice limits this summer even after the school self-reported violations in January and counseled the coach, prompting a university review that began weeks before Gillispie was hospitalized and subsequently resigned, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
Texas Tech listed Gillispie’s resignation in September as among the steps it had taken in response to the additional violations, which it reported in October. USA TODAY Sports received Texas Tech’s most recent report to the NCAA on Thursday, in response to a Freedom of Information request.
While no other NCAA violations were reported, Texas Tech also acknowledged “disappointing discoveries” in how Gillispie ran the program. The report noted that practices were precisely timed whenever they were monitored by compliance officials.
In its Nov. 2 response, the NCAA accepted Texas Tech’s findings and conclusion that Gillispie was a repeat violator. The NCAA also agreed with the school that “Mr. Gillispie did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program.”
Efforts to reach Gillispie were unsuccessful.
Gillispie was hospitalized on Aug. 31 in Lubbock, causing him to miss the first of two scheduled meetings with athletics director Kirby Hocutt.
According to the school’s Oct. 3 report to the NCAA, Hocutt then planned to meet with Gillispie on Sept. 15 after the coach had returned from the Mayo Clinic. But Gillispie sent a text message saying he would not make it.
Gillispie resigned Sept. 20, citing health concerns, and left without meeting with Hocutt to discuss the internal review or his employment status, according to the report and a school spokesman.
Hocutt issued a statement on Wednesday to announce “final resolution” on the second set of violations reported in Gillispie’s 18 month-tenure at the school.
“The NCAA concluded that because our actions in response to the situation were substantial and meaningful, no further action by the NCAA enforcement staff was necessary,” Hocutt said.
The school’s Oct. 3 report to the NCAA stated that it had exceeded practice time by 3 hours, 30 minutes during the summer 2012 session. Given that it was the second time this year that Texas Tech reported this type … [For more on NCAA, Texas Tech: Billy Gillispie did it again, click here.]