Having engineered remarkable turnarounds at long-struggling UTEP and Texas A&M, Billy Gillispie entered the 2007 offseason as the most coveted college hoops coach on the market.
Only five years later, Gillispie's abrasive personality and abusive coaching tactics have made him so radioactive that it's unlikely even a low-level Division I program would give him another chance if Texas Tech cuts him loose.
Gillispie's sputtering career teeters on the verge of flatlining this week due to allegations that have surfaced at the same time as he rests in a Lubbock hospital due to what he told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal felt like a mild stroke or heart attack.
Last week, current players reportedly expressed concerns during a meeting with athletic director Kirby Hocutt this week about the way Gillispie has treated them. Then Tuesday night, CBSSports.com shed light on how Gillispie has allegedly mistreated numerous members of his program in his 18 months at Texas Tech, leading 15 players to transfer during that time and numerous other basketball staffers to leave as well.
Among the most serious accusations against Gillispie in the CBSSports.com story:
• Former players said Gillispie ignored NCAA rules limiting practice time to up to four hours per day and no more than 20 hours a week "all the time." Texas Tech even had one marathon eight-hour practice in a single day last season.Read More »from Embattled Billy Gillispie goes from rising star to unemployable in record time