Point guard voices support of interim coach Chris Walker (Runnin' with the Raiders blog)

As reports rolled in Thursday that Texas Tech officals were meeting with Tubby Smith in Lubbock about the school's open basketball head coach position, point guard Josh Gray made it clear he would like as his coach next season.

"#WalkerOrNothing," the freshman wrote on Twitter late Thursday evening, "nuff (sic) said."

"How you going to break up a family? That's disrespectful..I rather not be around that situation."

Gray, one of Tech's most promising players after averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists this season, has made expressed on multiple occassions during the past week his desire to have Walker remain his head coach.

That sentiment was echoched by several players toward the end of the season who stated publicly they hoped for Walker to remain their coach.

One of those players was Jaye Crockett, who has already played for three different coaches during his four seasons (one as a redshirt) in Lubbock.

Here's what Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said in Kansas City on March 14 when asked whether current players would be consulted about the search.

"We're trusted, right, to the welfare of these young men each and every day," Hocutt said. "That's a significant responsibility and a responsibility that I take a lot of pride in having. That being said, these are decisions that impact Texas Tech University and its basketball program far beyond the eligibility of the young men in our locker room.

"I want the very best for these young men, and for that reason, I have great respect for them, but at the end of the day I've got to have confidence in the recommendation and the decision I'm going to make going forward."

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Chris Walker

Coach Walker should be named the head coach of the mens' basketball team at Texas Tech. I admire him for what he has done with the odds so deeply stacked against him. Give him a real chance.

Athletic Director Hocutt, however, should be fired on the spot. Paraphrasing the late Lloyd Bentson, he is no Gerald Myers. I'd rather lose and keep my integrity than sell my soul (and alienate the alumni).

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HIRE WALKER

Are you kidding me? This guy is a winner and is showing what kind of recruiter he is. What are we waiting on????

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Hire Walker Now!

I agree 100% with redraiderglobal and Seth C. at Viva the Matadors. Walker is Tech basketball's future. He is as close to a "sure thing" as we will ever get. And hasn't the man has been put through enough?

Just look at his recruiting. If he is hired we get Frazier and Bail and who knows how many more quality payers to follow. In college basketball you cannot compete without talent.

A decision not to hire Walker will set the program back years, diminish its already tarnished reputation, and quite possibly mean the loss of several important players, including Gray. Hire Walker already!

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Unison

If you support Chris Walker to be the head coach at Texas Tech I propose we stand together in unison and make our voices heard by calling the athletic department and letting our voices be heard loud and clear by the powers that be. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

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All in

I am all in for Coach Walker!!!!!

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Tubby Go Home!

Look what the last Tubbs did to us!

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If Coach Walker was duece-seven off-suited, I'm ...

... ALL-IN over sixty-one old rejects !!!

But, as I re-read Kirby's 03/14 words, I'm beginning to think he's an errand boy for the evil one.

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