Tech names temporary coach with Gillispie in treatment

Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 9/12/2012 9:27 am

Coach Billy Gillipsie is out of Lubbock, and for now, he's also out of the men's basketball program at Tech. Gillispie left town and checked himself into the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota Tuesday. He's receiving treatment for high blood pressure and stress.

He has not yet had a face-to-face meeting with Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt about new allegations of player mistreatment and violations of NCAA practice rules. So Hocutt says the program has to move forward.

In a statement Hocutt says: "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 help ensure that leadership and accountability will be in place for our student-athletes, assistant coaches 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 relating to the men’s basketball program; however, time is of the essence."

Gillispie called 911 and was taken to a Lubbock hospital on August 31, which was the same day he was supposed to meet with Hocutt about the allegations.

The team is scheduled to start practice October 12, with the season beginning November 9 against Prairie View A&M.

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