Breaking news from Ranger, Texas: according to Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, Billy Gillispie is retiring from college basketball. Gillispie, who was fired from Kentucky in 2009, just started his second season at Ranger College, his alma mater. Last year, Ranger went 31-7 and advanced to the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, but had to forfeit all of its wins for using an ineligible player.
Gillispie cited health issues as his reason for stepping away from the game.
“I’ve been very sick with blood pressure issues since the summer, but I’ve tried to fight it out,” Gillispie said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News. “I got a report Monday that told me if I didn’t address this blood pressure situation immediately, irreversible, bad things were very likely to happen here relatively soon and my long-term health could be compromised.”
Here’s hoping Billy gets the help he needs.