Texas Tech Red Raider Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt got what he finally wanted from Billy Gillispie. Gillispie, after a tremendous scandal and health issues, handed in his resignation to Hocutt. Gillispie cites health issues for the reasons, not the horrible scandal he’s cut up in, and Hocutt more than generously accepted.
Chris Level from RedRaiderSports.com first reported the scoop and the following quote from Hocutt is credited to his site(RedRaiderSports.com) “Billy has decided to focus on his health and we wish him a full recovery,” Hocutt said. “We are proud of the young men that he has brought to this campus. Billy’s decision allows him to concentrate on his well-being and allows us to turn our attention to preparations for the upcoming season.”
Chris Walker, who was the associate head coach, will continue to handle the day to day business. Walker, who is likely the front-runner for the job this close to the season starting, hasn’t been tagged with the “Interim Head Coach” label just yet.
This is finally the end of the whole Gillispie situation and most of the college basketball community is more than happy. AD Hocutt got his man to resign while most of us thought he’d have to wait to fire him until Gillispie was done being on medical leave.
Ever the shyster, Gillispie still found a way out without getting fired. First he gets a doctor’s note excusing him from work, only to use that time drawing up his resignation to hand it, so he could quit before he got fired.
Stay classy Billy Gillispie. I heard Bernie Madoff thinks you did a swell job of treating people correctly.