Basketball Coaching Staff Fired, Walker Kept

Changes have begun for the Red Raider basketball program, starting with the coaching staff.

Following a first round victory in the Big 12 Conference Championships against West Virginia and then a beat down from Kansas to end the 2013 season for the Red Raider basketball team on Thursday, changes have already started for the future of the Texas Tech men's basketball program.

 

According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal the entire men's basketball coaching staff except interim head coach Chris Walker have been relieved of their duties during a meeting with Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt on Saturday morning.

 

Following a debacle in the fall following reports surfacing of NCAA violations by Texas Tech under former head coach Billy Gillispie, health issues forcing Gillispie to step down and leave the program on September 20, the person to lead the program into the season was not yet known.

 

After a few weeks of searching, Hocutt announced they would stay in-house making Chris Walker the interim head coach on October 4.

 

Since that point Walker led the Red Raiders to an 11-20 overall record and 3-15 mark in Big 12 play, including a series sweep against TCU and Iowa State.

 

With the announcement on Saturday morning, Texas Tech is parting ways with assistant coach Jeremy Cox and assistant coach Bubba Jennings, director of basketball operations Craig Wells, assistant director of operations Jim Shaw, director of video production Josh Mills and assistant director of video production Derrick Jasper according to a report by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

 

Cox was in his first season with the Red Raiders following a stint at the University of Nebraska and brought 21 years of coaching experience to the table.

 

Cox spent 10 years as an assistant coach at the Division 1 level and eight as a junior college head coach and was a part of four Division 1 post-season appearances and nine post-season appearances in the NJCAA.

 

Jennings leaves the Red Raiders basketball program after his 12th season with the team, spending time as an assistant in the Bob Knight, Pat Knight, Billy Gillispie and finally the Chris Walker eras.

 

The Clovis, New Mexico native was also a decorated player while at Texas Tech before joining Gerald Myers' coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 1985. He then went through a string of high school coaching jobs including time at Coronado High School.

 

Wells was in his 10th year with Texas Tech athletics and was the first assistant athletic director of basketball operations, Wells joined Texas Tech in 2002 and oversaw external operations most recently.

 

Walker is the only coach to be retained on the staff and is a prime candidate to take over as the head coach, but the decision has not yet been made if he will have the interim tag removed or not.

 

More coming on this story in the coming weeks as it continues to develop.


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