Smith agreed to terms Monday with Texas Tech to be its next coach, a person with knowledge of the deal said on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said there
was no agreement in place.
Interim coach Chris Walker went 11-20 this season and 3-15 in Big 12 play as the program tried to recover 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. He went 124-81 (.610), winning 20 games five times.
The 61-year-old Smith would be the fourth person to lead Texas Tech in four seasons.
The Red Raiders last went to the NCAA tournament in 2007, Bob Knight’s final full season in Lubbock.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Former Virginia Tech assistant Mark Byington has been named coach of the Eagles.
Byington spent the 2012-13 season at Virginia Tech after working as an assistant at the College of Charleston for nine years. His time at the College of Charleston included seven seasons under Bobby Cremins, a former Georgia Tech coach. Byington was 7-4 as Charleston’s interim coach in the 2011-12 season when Cremins took a leave of absence.
Byington replaces Charlton “C.Y.” Young, who was fired after posting a 43-84 record in four seasons. The Eagles were 14-19 overall and 7-11 in Southern Conference play this season.
N.C. STATE: C.J. Leslie, the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, is joining teammate Lorenzo Brown by skipping his final season and entering the NBA draft.