|Gillispie's reputation took another hit with reports of his players complaining about him to Tech officials. (US Presswire)|
Looks like Billy Gillispie didn't learn from his disastrous tenure at Kentucky.
Now his career seems in jeopardy again.
Texas Tech players expressed concern about the way they are being treated by second-year coach Billy Gillispie during a meeting with athletic director Kirby Hocutt this week, multiple players told ESPN.com. The players were initially called to meet individually with members of the compliance department about the number of hours they were being asked to practice. After the meeting with the compliance officials, the players met with Hocutt as a group.
That's the gist of a Friday afternoon report from ESPN.com. A Texas Tech official subsequently confirmed to CBSSports.com that the meeting between the players and athletic director did take place, and that Gillispie was hospitalized Friday morning for an undisclosed reason. CBSSports.com asked a separate source who is close to Gillispie if the Texas Tech coach's job is now in jeopardy. That source's response: "This is very, very serious."
"We are aware and are looking into concerns within the leadership of our men's basketball program," Hocutt said via a released student. "Student-athlete well-being is our top priority and a matter that we take extremely seriously at Texas Tech. Texas Tech is devoting its full resources to look into this matter."
That Gillispie is allegedly mistreating players should come as no surprise to those within the basketball community given his reputation earned during stints at UTEP, Texas A&M and Kentucky, the last of which being a place where he was fired after just two seasons of not enough on-the-court success to make the administration ignore his off-the-court problems. He's tough and hard and sometimes irrational. It wears on administrators, players and people in general. And now it just might cost Gillispie his job before his second season at Texas Tech even gets underway.