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Smith hired by Texas Tech? One source says yes.

LEXINGTON, Ky (WKYT) - ESPN is reporting Tubby Smith has agreed to terms to become the next coach at Texas Tech.

The Associated Press had earlier reported that the school had agreed to terms Monday with Smith on a contract.

The school wouldn't confirm an agreement, releasing a statement that read: "There is currently not an agreement in place between Texas Tech and Tubby Smith to be the basketball coach."

If the hire does officially take place, Smith will take over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this season and just 3-15 in Big 12 play.

Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons. He led them to three NCAA tournaments and this year delivered the program's first tourney win since 1997. Smith went 124-81, winning 20 games five times. But he never finished higher than sixth in the Big Ten, going just 46-62 in conference play, prompting Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague to oust him.

Smith will become the fourth coach to guide Texas Tech in as many seasons. Billy Gillispie resigned last September, citing health reasons.


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