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Sunday, Sep. 2, 2012

Texas Tech's Gillispie hospitalized


LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie was hospitalized for an undisclosed medical issue Friday, the same day the university announced it was scrutinizing his leadership of the struggling program.

Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said Gillispie, 52, was admitted to University Medical Center early Friday but declined to provide further details.

Hospital spokesman Eric Finley said Gillispie was in satisfactory condition and likely to be held overnight. Finley said he had no other details on why Gillispie was admitted.

Gillispie was hospitalized on the same day that Beal said the university is looking into matters stemming from the coach's dealings with his players.

"We are looking into some concerns within the leadership of our men's basketball program," Beal said, reading from a prepared statement. "Student-athlete well-being is something that is our top priority. We take that very seriously at Texas Tech. We are devoting our full resources into looking into this matter."

Gillispie is entering his second year as coach of the Red Raiders. His first Texas Tech team finished 8-23 and won only one game in the Big 12.

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