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.

Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.

h/t ShockerHoops.net

AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.