Texas Tech Red Raiders to Name Tubby Smith Head Coach

Jesse Johnson-USA Today Sports

Last fall, Texas Tech made the choice to part ways with Billy Gillispie, virtually cutting their ties with a decision that could have been deemed questionable from the start.

Chris Walker took over on an interim basis, but the Red Raiders struggled as expected during the 2012-13 season. Now however, Texas Tech has found its new man and it’s a well known name who faces a difficult task in rebuilding the Red Raiders’ program.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Texas Tech has agreed to terms with former Minnesota head coach, Tubby Smith. The Golden Gophers made the decision to part ways with Smith just last week and it obviously did not take long for him to get a new job.

One week after being dismissed from his duties at Minnesota, the Red Raiders have a promising new coach. The only issue at stake here for Smith is that he will have a difficult job in jump starting a program that has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2007.

In his career, Smith has totaled a 511 career victories, but at the age of 61, he will need to rebuild this Texas Tech program pretty much from the ground up. Texas Tech marks Smith’s fifth heading coaching stint, having held previous positions at Kentucky, Georgia and Tulsa prior to Minnesota and now Texas Tech.

Overall, Smith has compiled a 511-226 record, a mark good enough for a 69.3% winning percentage.

 

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