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Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt taking wait-and-see approach on troubled Billy Gillispie

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Texas Tech's athletic director can only sit and wait while men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie remains hospitalized.

As allegations from former players, coaches and others in the program continue to mount regarding his mistreatment, Hocutt -- who hired Gillispie a little more than a year ago -- met with the local media on Wednesday afternoon.

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"If this investigation proves that there were further NCAA rules violations -- and again, at this point in time everything has been alleged -- then I'm going to be very disappointed and we will handle it accordingly," Hocutt told the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal.

Hocutt would figure to be disappointed. He's the one who hired Gillispie.

Hocutt said he reported secondary rules violations to the NCAA back in January and implemented sanctions for exceeding allowable practice hours. However, CBSSports.com reported several issues of poor treatment on Tuesday night. Gillispie and Hocutt have not returned several calls to CBSSports.com.

When asked if Gillispie could be fired, Hocutt avoided the question.

"We've got some serious issues on the table that we're working through," he said. "What the end result is, I don't want to speculate. I can't get ahead of myself here. We've got to take it day by day, step by step. We will get to the right place."

Hocutt said that he was scheduled to meet with Gillispie Friday morning -- just hours after Gillispie checked himself into the University Medical Center.

Gillispie remained in the hospital Wednesday -- and Hocutt and Texas Tech remained in a holding pattern.

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