Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt comments on Billy Gillispie situation (VIDEO)

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To say the least these aren’t good times for the Texas Tech basketball program, as Billy Gillispie is the subject of some serious allegations when it comes to the way in which he ran his team last season.

Already having been warned of his behavior during the season, Gillispie was supposed to meet with athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Friday morning.

That didn’t happen due to Gillispie being hospitalized for what he thought was either a heart attack or a stroke.

But with many feeling that Texas Tech needs to make a change, Hocutt met the media on Wednesday afternoon.

After praising the players for their work, which includes a team GPA of 3.3 for the fall semester, Hocutt voiced his concern with the recent news.

“I am very concerned about the information that has come forward in the past couple of weeks,” said Hocutt.

Hocutt then noted that there are two aspects that the school is looking into: possible NCAA rules violations (secondary) and personnel questions.

“Related to the NCAA rules component we are aware of alleged secondary rules violations, and in accordance with Texas Tech policy we are looking at and investigating those secondary allegations.

“If these allegations are found to be true, then we will submit those to both the Big 12 Conference as well as the NCAA.”

The personnel aspect of the investigation was something Hocutt was to discuss with Gillispie on Friday.

With 15 players and more than 30 staffers having left the program since Gillispie arrived in Lubbock there are definitely things they need to talk about.

While it can be argued that Gillispie should be afforded the opportunity to defend himself, given the gravity of the accusations and the court of public opinion it’s near impossible for Texas Tech to move forward with him leading the program.

The question now likely isn’t “if” Gillispie should be relieved of his duties but rather “when” it will happen.

Photo credit: Texas Tech University Department of Athletics

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Thanksgiving Day Edition!

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.

For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.

The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.


1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.

2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.

3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.

4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.

5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?


  • No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”: