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Future Of Texas Tech Men’s Basketball

New head coach, mark Adams shaking hands

Texas Tech Moves On

Since the disbursement of former Texas Tech Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Beard, the Texas Tech Nation has been mourning. Chris Beard was the head Men’s Basketball Coach at Tech for five years and led the Red Raiders to a 112-55 record. Beard also pushed Tech to a championship game, Elite 8, and Sweet 16 appearance. He was the program leader, not just as a coach but a moral leader, encouraging fans and others to support the program. With overwhelming and continual support and now an absent spot in the program, Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt and Red Raider Nation began to search for a new head coach.

Looking For A New Head Coach

Texas Tech looked many places for a new head coach. From looking at all college coaches to NBA coaches, the Red Raiders ultimately didn’t have to look far. On Sunday, March 4th, Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt announced that Mark Adams would be the new head coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Adams is a West Texas local coming just down the road from Brownfield, Texas. Before being named the program’s 18th head coach, Adams spent five years as the program’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator. He’s also been credited to be the team’s defensive mastermind.

Adams has a combined 23 years of collegiate basketball experience. He coached for Clarendon College, Wayland Baptist, West Texas A&M, Texas-Pan American, Howard College, and Little Rock College. Adams has also already brought one piece of the Texas Tech program that many were in fear of losing, which is many of the team’s core players.

Coach Beard Took A Lot With Him

When Chris Beard departed from the program, he wasn’t the only thing the program lost; along with many coaches that Beard took with him, a handful of players entered the transfer portal. Key players such a Marcos Santos-Silva, Kyler Edwards, and Micah Peavy and left many players such as Kevin McCullar deciding what his next move was. Kyler Edwards, Marcos Santos-Silva, and Kevin McCullar have all decided to return after the program’s decision to name Mark Adams as head coach; meaning the team’s core will be “staying in the fight” for next season.

Keep An Eye On The Players

The only player the red raiders have lost thus far is Micah Peavy, a freshman last year, but more than likely, he will be following Chris Beard. Beard, who has been in commutation with David Peavy (Micah’s Dad), may work under Beard at the University of Texas, which may be Micah Peavy’s transfer location if he does not return to Texas Tech. Another player to keep an eye on is Mac McClung, Texas Tech’s leading scorer for the 2021 season. While none of the others have said whether they will return or leave, keep an eye on the Red Raiders to make big moves in recruiting in the offseason.

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Written by Trinity Porter, Campus Live Intern

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