Texas Tech's Tolbert doesn't want to play for Gillispie

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Texas Tech forward Jordan Tolbert doesn't wish to play for Billy Gillispie should the coach returns from an extended medical leave, the sophomore told ESPN.com.
"I don't," Tolbert told ESPN.com in a phone interview. "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 play for him if he comes back."
The team's leading scorer as a freshman last season, Tolbert was one of the players that met with Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt recently after the compliance office questioned them about practice time.
According to Tolbert, the players are unaware about Gillispie's job status or his health. He was released Thursday from University Medical Center after a six-day stay.
School spokesperson Blayne Beal told ESPN that a meeting between Holcutt and Gillispie hadn't been set up as of Sunday night. Once they meet, the players would again meet with Holcutt.
In the meantime, the players have worked out with the assistant coaches, said Tolbert, who averaged 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds a game on the Red Raiders' 8-23 team (1-17 Big 12).