Texas Tech University released a statement an hour after the Red Raiders fell to West Virginia 78-62 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament to announce head coach Mark Adams resigning. Adams did not coach in Kansas City on Wednesday but wasted no time after the loss.
“My lifelong goal was to help and be a positive influence on my players, and to be a part of the Texas Tech men’s basketball team,” Adams said in a press release. “However, both the University and I believe this incident has become a distraction for the Texas Tech men’s basketball team and the University, which I care about so deeply.”
Adams was suspended on Sunday for using racially insensitive language to one of his players. Adams reportedly quoted the Bible, which had sensitive wording.
“I take pride in putting on this jersey. A ton of adversity, it’s a tough time for me,” TTU F Kevin Obanor said postgame.
Texas Tech interim head coach Corey Williams has been on the job for just a couple days now, and he’s taking in every opportunity.
“I told these guys that it wasn’t about me, it was about them,” Williams said.
Coincidentally, this is the second-straight year where West Virginia’s first round opponent has had their head coach resign just hours after losing to the Mountaineers: Bruce Weber at K-State last year and now Adams.
Texas Tech will now look to hire a head coach for the second time in two years. Former head coach Chris Beard left for Texas back in 2021.
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