RANGER, Texas -- Former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie retired Wednesday, citing health concerns as he stepped aside as coach at a Texas junior college.The 57-year-old Gillispie said in a text message to The Dallas Morning News that hes been battling high blood pressure since the summer. The former Texas A&M and Texas Tech coach said he is following the advice of doctors by leaving early in his second season at Ranger College.Gillispie was a rising star in the coaching profession after quick rebuilding jobs at UTEP and Texas A&M, leading to the Kentucky job in 2007.He was fired after two seasons when the Wildcats missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 17 years. The West Texas native took the Texas Tech job following a two-year hiatus that included a stint at John Lucas substance-abuse program in Houston following Gillispies third arrest for drunken driving in 10 years.The Red Raiders won just one Big 12 game in Gillispies only season, and he resigned shortly before the start of his second season, citing health concerns amid allegations of player mistreatment. Texas Tech later admitted to violations of practice rules under Gillispie.Ranger went 31-7 in Gillispies only full season, reaching the national junior college tournament before forfeiting all the wins because of an ineligible player.Timing isnt great, but Ive decided to do what I was told and try to return to healthy ASAP, Gillispie said. Ive had a wonderful career and in the last two years some of the best days Ive ever experienced as a coach. I hate leaving this team because they are really coming around, but they understood me being sick.Gillispie has an eight-year record of 148-108 in his four NCAA stints.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25Cheap New Balance Shoes .35 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Plouffe batted .254 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 477 at-bats last season, his second as a regular in the lineup. New Balance Australia Womens . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. http://www.cheapnewbalanceaustralia.com/ .Y. -- Canadas Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse have another World Cup gold medal after winning the two-women bobsled race on Saturday in Lake Placid, N. New Balance Australia Sale . Those lessons were more than enough to overwhelm the Utah Jazz. Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 victory over the Jazz on Friday night, winning their third straight and for the fourth time in five games. New Balance Clearance Outlet . Haas said he "felt a lot of pain" in his right shoulder when he slammed his racket to the ground in frustration after losing his serve at 3-3 in the first set. BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Ed Orgeron says running back Leonard Fournette has asked to practice this week in preparation for the 25th-ranked Tigers game against No. 23 Ole Miss on Saturday night.Orgeron is not committing to playing Fournette against the Rebels, wanting to see how practice goes as the junior running back tries to return from a nagging left ankle injury he aggravated at Auburn on Sept. 24.Orgeron says the injury took a toll physically and mentally on Fournette, whoo wanted to be out there helping the team with this new start, after LSU fired coach Les Miles and installed Orgeron as interim coach.ddddddddddddLSU has won both of its games in the three weeks Fournette has sat out.Fournette has 386 yards and two touchdowns rushing in three games this season.---Online:APs college football site: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '