Tubby Smith Hired By Texas Tech [Video]

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Tubby Smith is heading to Lubbock.

According to ESPN, Smith, 61, has agreed to become the next coach at Texas Tech.

Texas Tech will hold a news conference Tuesday to introduce Smith, the school announced Monday night.

Smith’s hiring by the Red Raiders comes just over a week after he was fired by Minnesota, a school where he coached for six seasons and complied a 124-81 (.610) record, winning 20 games five times.

Minnesota fired Smith after a 21-13 season that included an 83-63 win over UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The season ended with a 78-64 loss to Florida in the third round.

Prior to Minnesota, Smith was the head coach at Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky. He won the SEC Tournament five times and the 1998 NCAA championship with the Wildcats.

In all, Smith is 511-226 (.693) in 22 seasons and his teams have won 20-plus games 19 times.

Tubby, who reportedly inked a six-year deal with the Red Raiders and will be the fourth person to lead Texas Tech in as many seasons, will take over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this season and just 3-15 in Big 12 play.

The Red Raiders’ program is still reeling from Billy Gillispie’s volatile one-year tenure, which ended when he resigned in September amid an investigation by the school over allegations of player mistreatment and possible violations of NCAA rules regarding practice time.

The Red Raiders have not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2007, when Bob Knight was the coach.

ESPN’s Myron Medcalf discusses Texas Tech’s hiring of Tubby Smith in the video below: