According to an ESPN.com report, the recently fired University of Minnesota basketball coach has been contacted by Texas Tech about the vacant Red Raiders coaching job. The report also indicated that Smith may meet with school officials Thursday.
Smith, 61, was fired Monday after six seasons at the helm at Minnesota despite having four years left on his contract. He won his first NCAA tournament game with the Gophers this season, beating UCLA in the Round of 64. But Minnesota was routed by Florida in the next round and Smith was ousted just one day later. He finished with a 124-81 record in six seasons with the Gophers, but his teams never finished above .500 in the Big Ten.
Texas Tech has had an interesting season in regard to its head coaching spot. Billy Gillispie resigned in September amid allegations relating to his treatment of his players and violations of NCAA rules for limits on practice time. Chris Walker replaced Gillispie as the team’s interim head coach, and the Red Raiders went 11-20 with him.