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New Texas Tech president weighs in on basketball coaching search

Nellis says there is no time line outlined to hire permanent coach

Posted: March 25, 2013 - 5:32pm  |  Updated: March 26, 2013 - 12:26am
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New Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis offered his take on the school’s search for a new basketball coach during an introductory news conference Monday.

“I have the highest level of confidence in (Athletic Director) Kirby Hocutt,” said Nellis, who previously served as the president at the University of Idaho. “Certainly he’s been keeping me briefed on that search.

“I think Kirby is making excellent progress in identifying key candidates, and I don’t really have a time line outlined that we’ve talked about, but I think we just want to make sure we get the job done right.”

Tech’s search for a permanent basketball coach has been underway since the Red Raiders lost to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals on March 14.

Hocutt has not announced a time line for making a hire.

Current interim coach Chris Walker, who guided Tech to an 11-20 record after taking over for Billy Gillispie just three weeks prior to the season, is one of the candidates for the position.

Other candidates who Hocutt has met with, according to sources: Former Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton, Indiana assistant Steve McClain and Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson.

News of a meeting with Hinson was first reported by Rivals.com.

Fans and candidates aren’t the only ones who have a close eye on the situation.

McDonald’s All-American Keith Frazier, a guard out of Dallas Kimball, is reportedly set to choose between Tech and SMU on Thursday.

Frazier, recently named the Dallas Morning News player of the year, has built a strong relationship with Walker, his lone recruiter at Tech, so Tech’s choice of coach is likely to play a big role in his college decision.

There are currently no players signed or orally committed to join Tech next season.

Staff reporter Brittany Hoover contributed to this report.


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At least pick up.....

the phone and call Ben Howland. What do you have to lose? This guy is a premium coach who could take this program to the next level. UCLA made a mistake in letting him go......lets take advantage of it, if we can pay what he wants.



Curry, needs to go!

Please search for a women's basketball coach at the same time. (try looking at any of the 32 teams that are still playing, and maybe there is an assistant that needs chance, or a great div II, III coach with a winning tradition.)



Why would you look for an assistant. This is a program (women's BB) that has won a national championship and was recently drawing 12,000+ fans to games. Not many programs can say that. But please, please, please, we need a change. Not to do so will cause the program to loose all credibility.


Dear Duane:

You are now working for people unlike any you have met in the past or will meet in the future.

You are working in the most highly charged political climate found at any institution of higher learning in the nation. Every decision you make will be judged based on its contribution to the cultivated arrogance of Kent Hance, Jerry Turner, John Scovell, Alan White, Larry Anders, and Jim Sowell.

Don't say you weren't warned.

Good luck.


hire him

lure steve alford away from new mexico. pay him whatever is necessary.


Dear Duane

Please ignore everything you read from Factsrfacts, feaco, coyote, lodotxA&M and suzyQ. They are considered slow learners and will drive you crazy if you let them.

They say the same things in a roundabout way on everything they post. They are only interested in politics, the BOR, hance, and anything not related to SPORTS.

Consider yourselves warned


Dear Duane

There are a few people like Bill214 who are hired mouthpieces for kent (failed republican politician and lobbyist) hance who like to do nothing more than stir the pot and bring people into a conversation who have no intention of commenting. Bill and these people seem to think that the only opinion that matters is their own. They are very possibly employees of Spaeth.

In any event, welcome to Tech and I would love to see Chris Walker be given a chance to run the team as head coach and not interim head coach.


Holy orange bovine excrement Batman !!!

feaco and I agree on something else. Hire Coach Walker, and not some retread that others fired because he wasn't doing a good job.

Dear Duane: Please let your AD be in charge of athletics, while you 'rubber-stamp' his decisions.

He is a sports 'expert', while you are not, or else you would've been hired as AD.

I will also agree with f'r'f and the rest, in that only the AD should have a say in hiring/firing our coaches. You guys stick to admin, while the AD directs athletics!!

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