The 62-year-old Smith is the fourth coach in as many years for the Red Raiders and he’s led them to more Big 12 wins than the previous two seasons combined and to victories over two Top 25 teams in the past month.
Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart was suspended three games Sunday by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night.
The Red Raiders’ new coach brings a standout resume to West Texas. Smith won a national title at Kentucky, has made 17 NCAA tournament appearances and has 19 seasons with at least 20 victories.
The school introduced Tubby Smith on Tuesday and he says he’ll fit in just fine in West Texas, where cowboy hats and cowboy boots are more prominent than other places he’s coached.
A person with knowledge of the deal says Texas Tech agreed to terms Monday with Smith on a contract to be its next coach.
Smith is in talks with Texas Tech to become the next head coach of the Red Raiders, two people with knowledge of the conversation told The Associated Press on Saturday night.