Texas Tech's Jordan Tolbert: I don't want to play for Billy Gillispie

Monday September 10th, 2012

Jordan Tolbert Jordan Tolbert says he won't play for Billy Gillispie if the coach returns to Texas Tech. (Ed Zurga, Getty Images)

As more details emerge about Texas Tech's investigation of Head Basketball Coach Billy Gillispie, one of his star players has added to the disturbing details uncovered in recent reports, most of which came from unnamed sources.

Rising sophomore Jordan Tolbert, who led the Red Raiders in scoring as a freshman, told ESPN that he would not play for Texas Tech if Billy Gillispie, currently on medical leave and hospitalized after complaining for heart-attack like symptoms, returns as coach this season.

"I don't,'' Tolbert said by phone. "I don't. Maybe I would for the assistants. I haven't put that much thought into it. There is a big sense of urgency. I don't want to play for him if he comes back.''

Tolbert and several of his Texas Tech teammates met with the university's athletic director Kirby Hocutt two weeks ago, complaining that Gillispie forced the players to practice excessively, sometimes to the point of causing injuries and purposely aggravating existing ones. Texas Tech has made no announcement yet concerning the future of Gillispie, who went 8-23 in his first season in charge of the Red Raiders.

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