Another page has now been written for the on-going Billy Gillispie saga at Texas Tech.
Gillispie will not be handling the day-to-day operations for the men's basketball team at this time and on Tuesday evening according to a statement from Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt, Associate Head Coach Chris Walker will assume the day-to-day responsibilities immediately.
"We hope Billy Gillispie has a full recovery, but we cannot wait forever as we have a basketball team that starts practice soon," Hocutt said in a released statement on Tuesday night. "In the meantime, Associate Head Coach Chris Walker will assume the responsibility for day-to-day operations of our men's basketball program. Coach Walker will help ensure that leadership and accountability will be in place for our student-athletes, assistant coaches and staff."
This announcement comes the same day that Gillispie got on a plane and left Lubbock headed for Rochester, Minnesota to admit himself into the Mayo Clinic to treat his stress and high blood pressure according to ESPN.com.
Gillispie admitted himself into UMC on August 30th, for an apparent heart attack or stroke according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, hours before the head coach was supposed to meet face-to-face with Hocutt in a prearranged 8 a.m. meeting on August 31st, according to Hocutt during a press conference on Wednesday.
According to Hocutt he still wants to meet with Gillispie face-to-face, but knows the program does need to move forward.
"We have been seeking a swift resolution to this issue from the very beginning," he said in a statement on Tuesday. "We remain committed to communicating with Billy face-to-face regarding the issues relating to the men's basketball program; however, time is of the essence."