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Texas Tech Basketball Coach Gillispie Hospitalized

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LUBBOCK (AP) – Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie has been hospitalized for an undisclosed medical issue.

Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said the 52-year-old coach was admitted to University Medical Center early Friday. He declined to provide further details.

Hospital spokesman Eric Finley said Gillispie was initially listed in satisfactory condition before his status was changed to “security patient.” That means no more updates on his condition can be released.

Gillispie was hospitalized on the same day that Beal issued a statement saying the university is looking into “concerns within the leadership of our men’s basketball program.”

The coach has also come under fire for his treatment of players, they claim NCAA rules were broken with marathon practices. These accusations come from several of his former players according to CBSSports.com.

Gillispie is entering his second year at Texas Tech. His first team finished 8-23. He previously was the head coach at Kentucky, Texas A&M and UTEP.

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