New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies said he was in Lubbock on Tuesday but has no interest in pursuing Texas Tech's open basketball coaching position, the Las Cruces-Sun News reported Tuesday evening.
An El Paso news station had earlier reported Menzies arrived in Lubbock to speak with Tech officials about the job.
Menzies told the newspaper, though, he plans to remain the head coach of the Aggies, a team he has led to three NCAA Tournaments in three seasons as its coach.
Tech is now almost two weeks into a search for a permanent coach to replace Billy Gillispie, who resigned in September. Chris Walker, who served as an interim coach this season while guiding Tech to an 11-20 record and its first Big 12 Tournament win since 2010, is considered a strong candidate.
Other coaches Tech has had discussions with about the position, according to sources: Former Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton, Indiana assistant Steve McClain and Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson.
The A-J has learned Hinson is no longer a candidate for the position, but he did confirm with the Southern Illinoisan newspaper that he did meet with Tech officials.
"I was not searching for, nor am I seeking a job," Hinson told the newspaper. "I am extremely happy at Southern Illinios, but I honored their request and sat down and visited with their administration."
If Walker is not retained, Tech will begin next season with its fourth head coach in four seasons.