KANSAS CITY, Mo — The shuttle driver was listening to a sports radio station when I boarded the van at the Kansas City airport.
In my 30 minute ride to the hotel, the hosts of the show covered a myriad of things concerning the Big 12.
Along the way, one of the hosts mentioned his surprise when Tubby Smith, the coach of the seventh-place team in the conference, was picked as Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two days after being selected Big 12 Coach of the Year, Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith was named Sporting News National Coach of the Year announced Tuesday by the publication.
For Smith, it marks his eighth National Coach of the Year award. He was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 2003 while at Kentucky and was the first to sweep the national coaching awards since 1975 when Indiana’s Bob Knight accomplished the feat.
Norense Odiase fell to the ground as if he fainted.
Some of the Red Raiders were jumping up and down with huge smiles on their faces, while others, with grins just as big, were holding everyone back.
It was a celebration as if Zach Smith had thrown down another monster dunk or Keenan Evans had called “bank” once more.
But it was neither of those things as the Red Raiders were at midcourt with the game already over.
In front of them, Toddrick Gotcher was down on one knee asking his girlfriend, Kelly McQuaid, to marry him.
Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith was named Big 12 Coach of the Year, while Toddrick Gotcher, Aaron Ross and Zach Smith secured All-Big 12 Honorable Mention announced Sunday by the conference office and selected by the league’s coaches.
With Texas Tech fans on on their feet cheering, Toddrick Gotcher emerged from the tunnel with his family.
As Gotcher reached Tech coach Tubby Smith at center court, the fifth-year senior pulled the collar of his shooting shirt over his face and wiped his tear-filled eyes.
Across the half-court line, Devaugntah Williams had moved from his assigned spot in the middle of the floor off to the side so he could watch Gotcher’s legacy play on the big screen.
With Texas Tech fans on cheering on their feet, Toddrick Gotcher emerged from the tunnel with his family.
As he reached Tubby Smith at center court, the fifth-year senior pulled the collar of his shooting shirt over this face and wiped his tear-filled eyes.
Across the half court line, Devaugntah Williams had moved from his assigned spot in the middle of the floor off to the side so he could watch Gotcher’s legacy play on the big screen.
Q: How much are you going to miss all of this?
A: I’m going to miss this a lot. This is probably the funnest school I’ve been at. I’ve only been to two, but this is the best I’ve been at.
Q: What’s been your favorite memory at Texas Tech?
A: All of the game winners and just being able to play for Coach Tubby Smith.
Q: You mentioned game winners. You had two against Oklahoma State, one this year and one last year. Which one was better for you?
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
TEXAS TECH VS. KANSAS STATE
2 P.M. SATURDAY, ESPNEWS
UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
Saturday’s contest is the final game in United Supermarkets Arena for seniors Toddrick Gotcher and Devaugntah Williams.
This is Gotcher’s fifth season in Lubbock after redshirting his freshman year.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — “Press” Virginia is suffocating and relentless.
Getting past the initial pressure in West Virginia’s full-court press only means more waves are coming in the half court.
While the Mountaineers’ activity and energy on the defensive end lead to multiple deflections and steals, the defensive havoc also causes costly miscommunications.
Texas Tech finished with only four more buckets than turnovers en route to a 90-68 loss to No. 10 West Virginia on Wednesday night at WVU Coliseum.