Texas Tech's penalties approved

Updated: November 7, 2012, 2:04 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech's athletic director says the NCAA has accepted the school's self-imposed penalties after former Red Raiders coach Billy Gillispie exceeded limits on practice time last fall.

Kirby Hocutt said in statement Wednesday that the governing body for college sports notified the school last week that it deemed them secondary violations.

The NCAA notified the university late last week that it has accepted our self-imposed penalties and has classified this case as secondary," Hocutt said. "These self-imposed penalties were served in the fall of 2012 with a reduction in practice time over a period of four weeks. The NCAA concluded that because our actions in response to the situation were substantial and meaningful, no further action by the NCAA enforcement staff was necessary. We are looking forward to an exciting season under the leadership of Coach Walker.

Hocutt reprimanded Gillispie for the infractions in January.

In September, Gillispie resigned because of health concerns. His departure came about a month after players alleged to Hocutt that the coach was mistreating them.

The team was docked twice the number of hours per week that Gillispie had exceeded the limit during a two-week period in December. The NCAA allows 20 hours of practice per week.

The NCAA does not comment on secondary violations.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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