Gillispie not on sick leave; instead using accrued sick days

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider
Gillispie is still employed by Texas Tech and taking contracted time away from the program. (US Presswire)

Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie is using accrued sick days since being released from the hospital last Thursday, Red Raiders spokesman Blayne Beal told on Monday afternoon.

Gillispie has been under fire for his treatment of players, coaches and others within the athletic department. first reported that the current players were unhappy with Gillispie and had met with the administration. It was followed by reports that Gillispie had broken NCAA practice limit rules -- and also that he treated players and coaches poorly. There were also allegations that he reneged on job offers to coaches.

Gillispie spent six days in the hospital with high blood pressure and, according to sources, has yet to meet with Hocutt since he was released.

"He's told Hocutt that he's not well enough to meet with him," one source said. contacted the team's top player, Jordan Tolbert, on Monday. Tolbert said he doesn't want to play for Gillispie if he returns from his medical leave.

"I don't," Tolbert told ESPN's Andy Katz. "Maybe I would for the assistants. I haven't put that much thought into it. There's a big sense of urgency. I don't want to to play for him if he comes back."

Gillispie went just 8-23 last season, his first since signing a five-year deal. He spent two seasons as the head coach at Kentucky and was also at Texas A&M and UTEP. Six players transferred off last season's Texas Tech team: Kevin Wagner, Jaron Nash, Cameron Forte (Howard JC), DeShon Minnis (Rhode Island), Javarez Wills (Ohio) and Terran Petteway (Nebraska). At least 15 players -- and 30 overall people -- have left the program since Gillispie's arrival.

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