|Gillispie coached just one season at Tech, going 8-23. (US Presswire)|
The expected has come to fruition. Billy Gillispie has resigned from Texas Tech.
The 52-year-old head coach had been away from the program for more than a month after reports surfaced about his alleged mistreatment of players and combative nature within the program since his arrival there in March 2011.
The school and Gillispie say Gillispie's resignation is due to health concerns. Gillispie reportedly traveled to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., last week to deal with high blood pressure.
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"Billy has decided to focus on his health, and we wish him a full recovery," Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a brief statement. "We are proud of the young men that he has brought to this campus. Billy's decision allows him to concentrate on his well-being and allows us to turn our attention to preparations for the upcoming season."
Gillispie will be paid for the rest of his contract, which expires on April 30, 2013. Associate head coach Chris Walker, who took over day-to-day duties for the team in recent weeks, has been named the interim head coach. He's the team's fourth coach in four years.
Texas Tech begins practices Oct. 13.
Gillispie came to Texas Tech after two rocky seasons at Kentucky (2007-09), when he coached the Wildcats to a 40-27 record and missed the NCAA tournament in 2009, the school's first absence from the tournament in 18 years. Gillispie replaced Pat Knight at Texas Tech on March 20, 2011.