Despite several media outlets stating it to be a fact, Texas Tech baseball coach Dan Spencer still would not confirm Thursday reports that former Red Raider and Oklahoma assistant Tim Tadlock has been hired as the program’s new assistant coach. But it appears to be just a matter of time and making sure the paperwork is done properly.
When asked about the hire, Spencer said, “I can’t (confirm it) yet. We’re in a position where we’re trying to dot the Is and cross the Ts, so I can’t yet. I’ll feel more comfortable when the powers that be tell me we’re good there.”
Spencer did not indicate when he thought approval for the hire would come.
A story in Thursday’s edition of the Daily Oklahoman said that Sooners head coach Sunny Golloway confirmed that Tadlock had left the program to take a job at Tech, which was opened earlier in the fall when former assistant Trent Petrie was fired for undisclosed reasons. Petrie served as Tech’s infield coach and recruiting coordinator.
Tadlock’s biography on the team page of Oklahoma’s athletic website was taken down on Wednesday, indicating he was no longer part of the program. Later Wednesday, Golloway told the Oklahoman, “We really appreciate Tim Tadlock’s contributions to our program over these past years. Much like (former pitching coach) Mike Bell, he’s leaving to take a job at his alma mater. We’re happy for him going home.”
In the report, Golloway also said Tadlock would receive a significant pay raise to come to Tech, which sources indicated to the Oklahoman would be $190,000.
Attempts to reach Tadlock at a number listed in Norman, Okla. have been unsuccessful.
Considered by many in the Big 12 as the leagues’ best recruiter, Tadlock was with Oklahoma for six seasons, serving as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator before taking over as pitching coach after Bell left for the same spot at Florida State. Tadlock helped put together the Sooners’ 2010 College World Series team, and the Sooners’ 2012 signing class was ranked No. 13 by Baseball America.
Tadlock played at Tech from 1990 to 1991 under former coach Larry Hays, helping lead the Red Raiders to their first 40-plus-win season in 1991 (42-18).
“That would be wonderful,” Hays said. “He was a competitor as a player and as a coach has been just like that. Everywhere he’s been he’s recruited well and is a hard worker, and he’s just a winner.
“What I like about it is it shows what he feels about Texas Tech. That can’t do anything but help the Red Raiders. He’s been on the junior college circuit so all the junior college coaches know him, then he’s been in the league so he doesn’t have any fantasies about what it takes and what it’s like. I don’t think you could come up and write a better job resume.”
As hitting coach at OU, Tadlock helped craft a Sooner offense that hit over .300 in each of his six seasons, including a Big 12-best .313 mark in 2011.
Prior to his stint at Oklahoma, Tadlock served as the head coach at Grayson County College in Sherman from 1997 to 2005, and prior to that was a four-year assistant at Hill College in Hillsboro.
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