Billy Gillispie resigns as Texas Tech men’s basketball coach

Texas Tech announced Thursday that Billy Gillispie officially resigned as head coach of the men’s basketball team.

Gillispie cited health problems as the reason for his decision to leave, according to Texas Tech’s official website.

Last week, Gillispie was treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. according to The Chicago Tribune.  He had been experiencing headaches, kidney problems and high blood pressure.

The Associated Press reports that Gillispie started coaching at UTEP in 2003.  A few years later, he moved to Texas A&M, leading the Aggies to three consecutive 20-win seasons.  His success with Texas A&M grabbed Kentucky’s interest and he signed with the Wildcats in 2007.

But after going 40-27 in two seasons, Gillispie was fired.  He then landed at Texas Tech, taking over for Pat Knight, who went 50-61 in three plus years of coaching the Red Raiders.

In his only season with the team, Gillispie went 8-23 and just 1-17 in the Big 12.  He also came under fire in recent weeks when his players said they had been mistreated by the coach during the season.

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said they had self-reported secondary violations in January because of fall practices going over the allotted time limits.