Texas Tech Leading Scorer Jordan Tolbert Does Not Want Billy Gillispie to Return

By Paul Seaver

The ongoing saga continues for Texas Tech and head coach Billy Gillispie continues.

On Monday, Texas Tech leading scorer Jordan Tolbert told ESPN‘s Andy Katz that he does not want Gillispie to return this season.

Gillispie, who is on an indefinite medical leave of absence after being released from the hospital late last week, is no longer running the team operations for the Red Raiders’ program.

Tolbert, who last season averaged 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman, is more than likely the future of the Texas Tech program. His comments certainly send a jolt through the Red Raiders’ program, as some continue to spread support for Gillispie, others believe that he should be dismissed completely.

Gillispie took over the program in March of 2011, but since that point an astonishing 15 players who since departed. Reports and allegations of NCAA practice rules and player mistreatment have continued to surface over the course of the past few weeks.

Tolbert told ESPN on Monday:

“I don’t. Maybe I would for the assistants. I haven’t put that much thought into it. There is a big sense of urgency. I don’t want to play for him if he comes back.”

While the indefinite medical leave of absence does leave Texas Tech and athletic director Kirby Hocutt at a crossroads in terms of making a decision, the school’s ability to relieve Gillispie of his current day-to-day duties may be an indication of something to come.

Last season, in his first year in charge, the Red Raiders finished 8-23 overall.


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