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Texas Tech fires basketball staff, with exception of Chris Walker

Interim coach still with the program, though he has not yet been named permanent coach

Posted: March 16, 2013 - 1:27pm
Texas Tech's Chris Walker exits the court after his team fell to West Virginia earlier this season. Tech announced Saturday that Walker will be retained, but his staff will not return.  Stephen Spillman / Avalanche-Journal
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Texas Tech's Chris Walker exits the court after his team fell to West Virginia earlier this season. Tech announced Saturday that Walker will be retained, but his staff will not return.
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Texas Tech has fired most of its current basketball staff, with the exception of interim coach Chris Walker, according to multiple sources.

Members of the staff were told during an 8:30 a.m. meeting Saturday by athletic director Kirby Hocutt that they were being let go, sources told the Avalanche-Journal.

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

The staff members let go: Assistant coaches Jeremy Cox and 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.

The staff members will receive paid administrative leave until May 31.

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, Hocutt said after Tech's loss Thursday to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.

"Chris Walker will be a part of the process," Hocutt said Thursday of the coaching search. "Chris Walker has earned an opportunity to be a part of this."

A call placed to Walker's cell phone was not immediately returned.

A source said members of the staff that was fired have been unable to reach Walker.

Blayne Beal, Tech's associate athletics director of communications, confirmed that the school has parted ways with the staff members, with the exception of Walker.

Keith Garnett, an assistant athletic trainer who has worked with the basketball program the last two years, will also be retained.

Beal said Tech would have no other statement on the matter at this time.

Texas Tech went 11-20 this season, including a 3-15 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The Red Raiders won their first round game of the Big 12 Tournament against West Virginia, 71-69. It was Tech's first win in the tournament since 2010.

The move by Tech clears the way for whoever the next permanent head coach is to build his own staff. 

 

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Wow

My money is on Walker does not get the job. Too bad for Bubba, he might have done a good job. Hiring Bubba would make sense since he was a player at Tech while I attended Tech. After all they did hire a former athlete recently.

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coach walker

wonder if coach walker was at a supper for recruits & had to leave?

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Normal Procedure

This is normal procedure for the new coach, whoever that may be, to be able to assemble his own staff. Previous assistants may or may not be rehired by the new head coach.

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Be Honest

and simply FIRE Walker- thats what this is all about.

They took a fun program to watch and ruined it v. so many ego related- buddy hires in the past . Its all about recruiting and its going to take a few years to clean up this mess.

BTW- Walker deserves better.

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seriously

They usually don't fire the whole staff until they have a new coach in place. Sometimes they (the new coach) have a desire to keep 1 or 2 of the older staff members. Sometimes not but it does happen. Honestly they should have just down a clean sweep if this is what they were planning.

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why not?

He was the head coach, the buck stops with him. If they are fired, he should be as well.

He did nothing to improve the team. Period.

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Tech basketball is a joke!!

Tech has never had a great basketball program they should just scrap the whole program!!! No talent!! Take a look at the stands on game night and you see how many people agree!

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They need to take a look at

They need to take a look at the women's basketball program as well. Sorry to see Bubba go, I liked him as a player a man small in stature, but big on principals.

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Get a Job

Coach Walker should say, "Tech has given me a great opportunity this year and I love my players and know that they will continue to get better. Thanks for the opportunity. I am very interested in the Tech job, but until you tell me otherwise, I am beginning to search for a head coaching job elsewhere. This is my first choice but my family comes first."

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FIRE CURRY NEXT

Maybe they can fire Curry, and get a good womens basketball coach also.!!!

Let's clean house!!

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I'm a little perplexed

at how this is being handled. Let's hope the best for everyone involved.

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everyone's a critic

No one knows what's going to happen, but I think they made it easy for Walker on purpose. I think he'll be retained as head coach and he won't have to fire anyone now....Bubba was a great player and has been on the staff a long time but maybe his downfall is in recruiting. As far as Tech never having a great BB program that obviously comes from a person who doesn't know what he is writing about. Most schools don't have a great BB program, but Tech has had many many great and exciting seasons through the years. Tech will rebuild again.

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Whoever the next coach is will want to put his own

staff in place, so this move is just common sense. The fact that Coach Walker wasn't fired is a good sign, as I believe he's the right man for the job.

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Walker will be

Coach Walker will be the full time coach, Kirby knows that the team was young, only one senior and you forgotten that 9 players left. I do believe that the reason the assistant coaches were let go so that Chris could fill his staff with his own assistant coach .

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There he goes again

This time, Kirby has gone over the top.

It's the responsibility of a head coach to fire members of his staff - NOT the AD.

Kirby screwed up already by hiring an alcoholic to coach. Now, he's trying to cover his tracks.

Bad move, Kirby.

There's only one person an AD should fire - and that's the head coach.

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Bubba

Maybe Bubba could coach the Lady Raiders?

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Ho Hum TTU Sports, Again

This has been going on for years! Back in the 80s, scandals, terminations, FBI investigations, and more. Nothing like an employer who repeatedly fails to keep a competent, confident, enouraged, productive staff. The fish rot from the head down - for decades over there! Recycled politicans should not be running academia!

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@ feaco

Boy is that not the pot calling the kettle black. Frank that is what you do on every post you make on RRS. You constantly stick your nose in where it is not supposed to be on a sports blog.. You can't post without hance name somewhere in it

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@bill214

I do not post anything on rss. I do not go there. However, I do read the Avalanche Journal and make comments there. My comment was about the decisions allegedly made by the athletic department. They are just as valid as your comments which are based on blindly following hance and his cronies.

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@ feaco

Your argument is like me saying "I didn't say rss, I said RRS" . I know it's the avalanche journal fool. Of course you don't post on RRS, not only would they probably run you out of town but it's a different forum and hance talk is not liked there either since that's all you talk about.

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@jbadge

Mr. Gillespie was not Kirby's hire.

Accordingly, you are banished from the site.

My take: Walker is gone--and I thought he did the best he could. He has a fantastic resume.

The last time the building was empty we went and got Bob Knight, and the building was filled overnight. At this point in history, I honestly don't know who you could hire who would have such an effect.

Good luck, Kirby. Maybe you can hit another Kliff Homer.

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@bill

When you employ the term "fool," you identify yourself as a childish intellectually deprived person.

This information was free of charge.

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@ facts

Yeah your right facts, my bad. Fool should never be used to describe the manlove feaco has for his boy hance. Idiot is probably more appropriate. Constantly dragging politics into sportstalk that most people including myself could care less about makes no sense at all.

Thanks for the advice

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@bill214

It is not politics when someone like hance makes an institjution like Tech his monarchy. I realize you are one of his mouthpieces, but the bottom line is that the firing of the assistant coaches under Walker is something that hance would do. As pointed out by several people above, either Walker should have been let go, the entire coaching staff should have been let go or nobody should have been fired until a decision had been made as to who the head coach will be. If the decision made was Hocutt's, then my respect for him as an AD has dropped considerably. My opinion of you and your buddy hance remains the same, not very good.

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bubba

i played with bubba at tech he is a major asset to the program. somebody will jump on him quickly. still cannot believe he is not the head coach now. I had a heart transplant in august bubba was the first teammate or coach to call me. Great christian man and very good teaching coach. A.D. should have ponder this one little bit longer!!!!

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Fired Coach?

They fired in the WRONG PROGRAM! Shoulda started in the women's basketball!!

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