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Tech's Gillispie told to focus on health

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Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie finished the 2011-12 season with an 8-23 record.
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)

The Texas Tech athletic director says coach Billy Gillispie is no longer making day-to-day decisions for the basketball program so he can focus on his health.


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Kirby Hocutt said Tuesday that he told Gillispie late last week that he was not ''to engage'' in the program in ''any way'' until the two talk face to face about allegations of player mistreatment.

Gillispie called 911 and was taken to the hospital Aug. 31, the same day he was supposed to meet with Hocutt about the allegations. The school says it is investigating Gillispie's leadership of the program. Gillispie left the hospital Sept. 6.

Texas Tech said Gillispie is on indefinite sick leave and that he was reprimanded in January for exceeding the NCAA's weekly practice limit, violations it has reported.

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