Self speaks out on Gillispie troubles

Kansas coach Bill Self has chosen to remain silent about the controversy surrounding friend and former assistant Billy Gillispie at Texas Tech.

Until now.

Self contacted me after reading an ESPN.com article published Saturday afternoon in which a handful of Gillispie's former players came to his defense. Included among Gillispie's supporters were NBA all-star Deron Williams, Texas A&M All-American Acie Law and former Texas Tech forward Robert Lewandowski, who played for Gillispie last season.

Gillispie's job is in jeopardy following allegations that he mistreated his Texas Tech players and committed NCAA secondary violations involving excessive practice time. He was recently released from the hospital after spending six days there, reportedly dealing with high blood pressure.

Self said he's tried unsuccessfully to contact his friend, but "from what I understand, not many people have talked to him," he added.

"I considered him to be one of my closest friends for a long time. But I haven't spoken to Billy in about a month. We still stay in contact, but not like we used to. It used to be a three or four times a week thing. He's backed off a little bit, but that's only because we play in the same league now.

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