Former Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie continued to violate rules regarding practice time this summer, despite having been reprimanded for the same offenses in January, according to documents obtained Friday by the Avalanche-Journal.
The documents, the contents of which were first obtained and reported by USA Today Sports, show Tech alerted the NCAA on Oct. 3 that Gillispie violated NCAA bylaws stating that participation in required summer activities be limited to eight hours per week, with not more than two hours per week to be spent on skill-related instruction.
Tech told the NCAA that countable athletically related activities had been exceeded by a total of 3½ hours this summer, marking the second time in 18 months Gillispie had violated rules regarding practice time. He received a written reprimand from Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt in January stemming from secondary violations that occurred last fall.
The university also determined Gillispie violated an NCAA bylaw requiring a head coach to “promote an atmosphere for compliance.”
Gillispie resigned his position as Tech’s head coach on Sept. 20, citing health concerns.
In addition to the violations, Tech wrote in its report to the NCAA that its investigation of Gillispie yielded “a number of disappointing discoveries.”
Tech wrote that Gillispie told each player following the second summer session whether they could have “3 days off, 7 days off, or no time off.” The university wrote that players believed they had no choice how much time they could spend at home during their summer break. The report said at least two players felt they couldn’t return home before the fall semester for fear of not having their scholarships renewed.
“Despite the Athletic Director (Kirby Hocutt) reassuring each student-athlete that their scholarship renewal would not be impacted, they felt as though they had no choice due to the communication from the head coach,” the report said.
Tech listed its acceptance of Gillispie’s resignation as one of the corrective measures it took in dealing with the violations. It also self-imposed reductions in practice time, penalties the program served during a monthlong period from Sept. 23 to Oct. 20.
The NCAA on Nov. 2, in a return letter to Tech, deemed the violations as secondary. The governing body told the university it would take no further action since the punitive measures taken by Tech in the case were “substantial and meaningful.”
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