Texas Tech’s new coach says college ‘not settling’

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech‘s seek for its new basketball coach did not take lengthy, and did not need to go far.

Mark Adams, the Texas Tech graduate who was born about 40 miles from the Lubbock campus and spent the previous 5 seasons as a Crimson Raiders assistant, was launched Tuesday evening as their head coach.

“I like the sport of basketball, however I additionally love West Texas and I like Texas Tech,” Adams mentioned. “That is dwelling. And I get to remain dwelling.”

Adams acquired his dream job at his alma mater in changing Chris Beard after his departure last Thursday to turn out to be the brand new coach at his alma mater, Massive 12 rival Texas.

Adams was launched earlier than a dwell crowd inside the college’s dwelling basketball enviornment that included his 90-year-old mom, soccer coach Matt Wells and different Crimson Raiders head coaches.

A couple of minutes into his speech, Adams thanked Beard, drawing rapid boos from a crowd of largely college students. The gamers have been seated on the ground with coaches and Adams’ members of the family.

“Boy, this group will activate you fairly fast,” Adams mentioned as he regarded behind him at athletic director Kirby Hocutt, who did not cover his disappointment in saying Beard’s departure final week, two years after he led Texas Tech to the nationwide championship recreation.

“I would not be right here with out coach Beard,” Adams mentioned. “I admire him giving me a chance to educate with him. He is finished so much for Texas Tech. He is a good friend of mine. I get to be proper right here as the top coach and it is due to him.”

Adams, often called a defensive guru, was on the employees for all 5 of Beard’s seasons with the Crimson Raiders after being with him for a 30-5 season that included a first-round NCAA match win at Little Rock in 2015-16, earlier than they went to Texas Tech.

Hocutt mentioned Adams’ expertise, satisfaction and dedication to this system and the college made him the perfect option to be the brand new coach.

“We’re an rising large within the faculty basketball world and we’re not going wherever however ahead,” Hocutt mentioned to cheers earlier than introducing Adams.

Adams is a 1979 graduate of Texas Tech, the place he was beforehand director of basketball operations from 2013 to 2015.

He has a 554-244 document in 23 seasons as a head coach at Clarendon School (1981-82), Wayland Baptist (1983-87), West Texas A&M (1987-92), Texas Pan-American (1992-97) and Howard School (2004-13).

Hocutt revealed Adams’ choice in a social media publish Monday evening simply earlier than Massive 12 college Baylor gained the nationwide championship over beforehand undefeated Gonzaga. That was the primary NCAA title recreation performed since Texas Tech’s time beyond regulation loss to Virginia two years earlier earlier than the pandemic.

When Beard left for the Longhorns final week, Hocutt mentioned he could be a part of a four-person search committee and that an outdoor agency would even be employed to help within the course of. Many former and present gamers publicly campaigned for Adams to get the promotion.

Sophomore guard Kevin McCullar, who averaged 10.4 factors and 6.3 rebounds this season, responded to the information of Adams getting the job with a Twitter message Monday evening that learn, partly, “We Have Unfinished Enterprise!” after which in daring pink and larger letters, “IM NOT GOING ANYWHERE.”

“We’ll construct one thing nice right here,” Adams mentioned. “We ain’t finished but, OK? We ain’t finished but. We’re simply getting began. We’re not going to compromise. We’re not settling. We’re constructing. We’re rising. We’re shifting ahead.”

Beard was 112-55 in 5 seasons with the Crimson Raiders. He was the The Related Press Coach of the 12 months in 2019 as he guided Texas Tech to a 31-7 end and the NCAA match title recreation loss to Virginia in time beyond regulation, a 12 months after they reached the NCAA Elite Eight. The Crimson Raiders made it to the second spherical of this season’s match.