Texas Tech interviews Billy Gillispie

Updated: March 16, 2011, 7:26 PM ET
Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt interviewed former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie in Florida on Wednesday.

Red Raiders spokesman Blayne Beal said Hocutt, who took over the program this month, met with Gillispie in Palm Beach.

Gillispie
Gillispie

No announcement on who will succeed Pat Knight will be made until next week, Beal said. Gillispie, who also coached at Texas El-Paso and Texas A&M, was fired at Kentucky in 2009 after two tumultuous seasons.

Texas Tech announced before the Big 12 tournament that Knight would not return next season and Knight publicly endorsed Gillispie for the job.

Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance said he didn't know whether Hocutt made Gillispie an offer.

"I think they're going through the details and we'll see what Kirby does," Hance said.

Hance met with Gillispie last Saturday in Dallas and Hance said he got a "very good" impression.

A "good recruiter and a good salesman" is how Hance described the native of Abilene, a few hours east of Lubbock.

"He's very personable and I think has an idea what needs to be done in the basketball program and would be a good person for Texas Tech," Hance said.

The decision is Hocutt's, though.

Gillispie was an assistant at Tulsa, Baylor, South Plains College in nearby Levelland, Texas State and Illinois before going to UTEP in 2002.

In 2009, Kentucky fired Gillispie after the Wildcats went 40-27 in two seasons under him and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years.

John Calipari, the former Memphis coach, replaced him.

Five months later in August 2009, Gillispie was arrested on a drunken driving charge. In November 2009, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.


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