Texas Tech hired Tubby Smith, then denied it once reports started to leak out. The Red Raiders have now officially hired the former Minnesota head coach according to USA Today Sports.
Smith was hired Monday, the school announced late Monday night. Associate athletic director Blayne Beal tweeted that a 2 p.m. press conference was scheduled Tuesday to meet the latest man who is coming from a bigger program to try to revive the basketball program in West Texas.
Interim coach Chris Walker went 11-20 this season and 3-15 in Big 12 play as the program tried to recover from Billy Gillispie’s volatile one-year tenure, which ended when he resigned in September.
The 61-year-old Smith got a six-year deal from Texas Tech, a week after being fired by Minnesota despite making the NCAA tournament and upsetting UCLA.
The clean-cut, do it the right way approach is just what Texas needs at this time.