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Texas Tech's Gillispie leaves hospital

Associated Press Modified: September 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm •  Published: September 6, 2012
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie was discharged from the hospital on Thursday after a six-day stay amid an investigation into alleged player mistreatment.

University Medical Center spokesman Eric Finley said Gillispie left the hospital sometime after 3 p.m. Thursday. Messages were left seeking comment from Gillispie and athletic director Kirby Hocutt.

Hocutt has said the university is investigating allegations that Gillispie mistreated players.

Gillispie called 911 on Friday morning, just hours before he was set to meet with Hocutt to discuss what the AD had heard from players Aug. 29.

His breathing sounded labored as he told a Lubbock police dispatcher and an EMS operator his address, according to a tape recording of his call obtained Thursday through an open records request. The recording was redacted once Gillispie was transferred to the EMS operator due to medical privacy.

Gillispie told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal last weekend that he felt like he was having a heart attack or a stroke. He also said he was told his blood pressure was dangerously high and that he has been dealing with stress.

Gillispie is entering his second year as Red Raiders coach. His first Texas Tech team finished 8-23, winning just one Big 12 game.

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