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LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) — Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie has resigned because of health concerns, the university said Thursday, ending a disappointing one-year run at a program he had intended to turn into a powerhouse.
The university and fans had hoped that Gillispie, 52, could orchestrate a turnaround like the ones he put together at Texas-El Paso and Texas A&M. Instead, he led the Red Raiders to an 8-23 record last season.
Gillispie did not immediately return a call from the AP for comment.
Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley will host two New York City players for official visits on Friday when Christ the King shooting guard Jon Severe and Curtis power forward Hassan Martin trip to the school.
The 6-foot-2 Severe is ranked the No. 43 shooting guard in the Class of 2013 by Rivals. He has already visited George Washington officially and will trip to Rutgers for its Midnight Madness Oct. 12.
Severe said he holds offers from Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Rutgers, George Washington, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Dayton and South Carolina.
“He works really hard on his game,” Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello told SNY.tv. “Any school who gets him will have a tough, hard-working player who will only get better.”
Louisville and Pittsburgh both picked up key 2013 verbal commitments Wednesday.
Akoy Agau, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Omaha (Neb.) Central, pledged to the Cardinals during an in-home visit with head coach Rick Pitino.
“They see me as a guy who can do a little of everything and make plays for teammates,” Agau told InsideTheVille.com recently. “They are going to utilize all my strengths and put me in a position where I can be successful and also help out the team with all the abilities that I have.