Source: Tubby Smith takes Texas Tech job

4:35 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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LUBBOCK, Texas - That didn't take long.

Just one week after getting the axe in Minnesota, a source reports that veteran college hoops coach Tubby Smith has struck a deal with Texas Tech in hopes of trying to turn around another wayward program.

A person with knowledge of the deal says Texas Tech agreed to terms Monday with Smith on a contract to be its next coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Smith takes over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this season and just 3-15 in Big 12 play. The program is still reeling from Billy Gillispie's volatile one-year tenure, which ended when he resigned in September.

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 - over sixth-seeded UCLA - since 1997.

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