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NCAA Accepts Texas Tech’s Self-Imposed Penalties

Scott D. Weaver, K-State Athletics

Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt announced Wednesday that the NCAA has accepted the school’s self-imposed penalties after former Red Raider men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie exceeded limits on practice time last fall.

The NCAA deemed the issues seconday violations.

In September, Gillispie resigned because of health concerns. His departure came about a month after players alleged to Hocutt that the coach was mistreating them.

The team was docked twice the number of hours per week that Gillispie had exceeded the limit during a two-week period in December.

The NCAA allows 20 hours of practice per week.

Texas Tech issued the following statement:

“I am pleased to announce that we have final resolution regarding the NCAA issues within our men’s basketball program. The NCAA notified the university late last week that it has accepted our self-imposed penalties and has classified this case as secondary. These self-imposed penalties were served in the fall of 2012 with a reduction in practice time over a period of four weeks. The NCAA concluded that because our actions in response to the situation were substantial and meaningful, no further action by the NCAA enforcement staff was necessary. We are looking forward to an exciting season under the leadership of Coach Walker.”

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