Embattled Texas Tech basketball coach Billy Gillispie has been ordered by doctors to live in a stress-free environment for 30 days following his return from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The Avalanche-Journal received a text message from an unknown source Sunday night. The text said Gillispie had been treated at the clinic for abnormal headaches and kidney problems and was ordered to live in the stress-free environment while trying to get his high blood pressure under control.
A text was sent to Gillispie’s phone number and the response to the A-J confirmed the information was accurate.
The Tech coach spent parts of four days at the Mayo Clinic and returned on Friday evening.
Gillispie’s status with the program is unclear after allegations of player mistreatment and NCAA violations have surfaced over the past three weeks. The university announced on Aug. 31 it was investigating the head coach following a meeting between athletic director Kirby Hocutt and a group of Tech players, who raised concerns about the way they were being treated by Gillispie.
On Sept. 7, Gillispie was ordered by Hocutt “not to engage” the basketball program “in any way” until the two could have a face-to-face meeting.
Assistant coach Chris Walker has been put in charge of the day-to-day operations of the team.