Texas Tech examines men’s basketball troubles
By George Schroeder, USA TODAY
Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt said Wednesday evening that the school is investigating alleged NCAA rules violations and “dealing with a personnel component” related to the men’s basketball program.
Hocutt, who described himself as “very concerned,” did not take questions. He said he had been scheduled to meet with Gillispie at 8 a.m. Friday. The coach checked himself into the hospital that day, telling the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal he had experienced symptoms resembling a “stroke or a heart attack.” He remained hospitalized Wednesday evening.
“Obviously we have not had a chance to get together to discuss the issues that are on the table,” Hocutt said. “We remain concerned about coach Gillispie’s health. We want him to make a full recovery and move forward with that. … We will continue to gather facts and we will continue to move forward with the NCAA rules component as well as the personnel component as expeditiously as possible.”
According to CBSSports.com, Gillispie forced injured players to practice and routinely exceeded NCAA practice rules. Hocutt said the school investigated and reported secondary violations regarding excessive practice time last January. NCAA rules limit teams to 20 practice hours each week during the seasons, and to no more than four hours in a session.
“We used to go more than four hours all the time,” former guard Kevin Wagner told CBSSports.com.
Gillispie, 52, formerly coach at Kentucky, Texas A&M and Texas-El Paso, has been Tech’s coach since March 2011. The Red Raiders were 8-23 overall and 1-17 in Big 12 play in 2011-12. Six players left the program after the season.
Gillespie entered a substance-abuse program in 2009 after an arrest for drunken driving, his third in 10 years.