Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie was released from the hospital last Thursday, where he spent six days after experiencing feelings that he thought were a heart attack or stroke. In the meantime, his coaching career could be crashing down around him.
Last week, word of Gillispie mistreating players surfaced as some said they were berated by the coach for their appearance and forced to practice long hours. Allegations have continued to surface from various players, coaches and staff at Texas Tech.
According to CBSSports.com, a total of 15 players have left the program since Gillispie took over in March of 2011. When you include coaches, trainers and other staff, the number increases to 30. The most recent person to bail on the Red Raiders was high-profile recruit Wannah Bail, whose departure was originally thought to have something to do with academics.
“It was because of Gillispie,” a source close to the program told CBSSports.com. “He couldn’t deal with him.”
Bail’s story is an example of one of the more minor issues players and employees have had with Gillispie. Former Indiana guard Tom Coverdale says he quit his job at Tyler Junior College when Gillispie offered him an assistant coaching position. When he arrived, he said he was informed that it was actually a strength position that paid about half of what he was promised. Several other coaches have claimed they were offered jobs only to have the offers pulled. Others say they took jobs and left because they had no idea what their role with the team was.