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Texas Tech students indicate support for Gillispie

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Texas Tech head basketball coach Billy Gillispie hasn't been seen or heard from since he was released from the hospital last Thursday. Texas Tech officials have said he is on indefinite medical leave with no timetable for his return.

Many articles have been written about his mistreatment of players. Rumors are swirling that he will be fired when his medical leave is over, but Texas Tech students still support their coach.

"I've seen a lot of support from the team and everyone just wearing their colors and being a proud Red Raider," one student said.

Trovan Hill is a sophomore at Texas Tech University. He says right now basketball is at the front of everyone's mind.

"I think everyone's definitely thinking about basketball. Football season is underway and next comes basketball. The basketball team's already training so it's going to be good," Hill said.

Fellow sophomore Daniel Beeler also pledged his support to Gillispie. He says he wants all of the facts made public before a decision is made on Gillispie's job.

"I think they should just get all the facts together and make sure that everyone knows what happened rather than hiding it and firing him," Beeler said.

"I think as far as practicing his kids too long - from what I understand they took care of that last year... The whole thing with him being sick kind of happened at a weird time..."

Their classmate Jordan Vines agrees.

"He is still Texas Tech's coach, so you gotta support him - gotta back him. That's your team that's your school. In light of things that happened there are some questions that are raised," Vines said, "but still you gotta back your school."

Jordan thinks regardless of who the coach is next year, the players will still give their all.

"I think the players are going to stay strong. They know what they gotta do and play basketball," Jordan said.

Ultimately, the decision on Gillispie's job lies with athletic director Kirby Hocutt, but if it was up to the student body, coach Gillispie would be given a second chance.

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