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Texas Tech reportedly fires nearly entire staff after 11-20 season

Mar 16, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

Texas Tech Chris Walker AP

Following early-season drama and the resignation of head coach Billy Gillispie, Texas Tech appears to be clearing house.

According to Nick Kosmider of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt informed members of the basketball staff that they would be let go at an 8:30 a.m. meeting Saturday. Interim coach Chris Walker is reportedly the only member being retained on staff for the time being.

From the report:

Hocutt, after briefly thanking the staff for its contributions this year, told them a search was still being conducted for a permanent head coach.

Though Walker was not relieved of duty Saturday, he has not yet been named to the permanent position, according to a source. Walker is a candidate for the job.

Texas Tech beat West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament this week, but lost to Kansas in the following round by 27. The Red Raiders finished the season 11-20, including 3-15 in Big 12 play.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. thesmedman - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Paging Coach Knight…

  2. vaphinfan - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Id imagine it would be hard to get a good coach at TT after how they handled the Mike Leach situation.

  3. 4cornersfan - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    The Mountain West just finished its tournament, New Mexico (28-5, second behind Duke in RPI, and the MWC regular season champion) beat UNLV, shutting down a very good team in it’s own arena. UNM also beat a very good San Diego State team last night and beat an excellent Wyoming team last Wednesday to start on its tourney run. The MWC is first in the nation in RPI and will most likely 5 of its 8 teams will go to the NCAA Tournament. And yet not one word about New Mexico, the best defensive team in the country, or the MWC, the best conference in the country, in the last 3 days. Do you guys really follow college basketball or just get your stuff from the headlines in USA Today?

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