The Texas Tech Red Raiders have a new coach in Tubby Smith who just yesterday agreed to terms with the school.
Associate athletic director Blayne Beal announced that a 2 p.m. press conference was scheduled today to meet the former Minnesota Golden Gophers coach.
Smith will take over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this college basketball season and just 3-15 in Big 12 play. The program is still getting over Billy Gillispie’s volatile one-year tenure, which ended when he resigned in September.
The Red Raiders are hoping Smith can do something that hasn’t been done since Bob Knight retired: make the NCAA tournament.
As YouWager bettors might recall Knight won 20 games in four of his six full seasons. Texas Tech have none since.The much-maligned Smith had five 20-win seasons in six years.
Smith was fired by the Golden Gophers last week after six seasons. The 61 year-old coach led them to three NCAA tournaments and this season delivered the program’s first tourney victory — the 11th-seeded Minnesota beat sixth-seeded UCLA — since 1997.
Smith then went 124-81 (.610), winning 20 games five times. However, he never finished higher than sixth in the Big Ten, going just 46-62 in conference play, prompting the Golden Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague to oust him.
The Maryland native will become the fourth person to lead the Red Raiders in as many seasons.