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.