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Texas Tech fires baseball coach Dan Spencer

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After 4 years of guiding the Red Raider Baseball team, Dan Spencer has been relieved of his head coaching duties.

The move was made official at a Monday morning press conference at Texas Tech. Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said, "I want to thank Dan Spencer. The season didn't go as any of us had hoped."

Hocutt says it was Spencer's whole body of work led to the change. "In the last 3 seasons we are not going in the right direction." The Red Raiders finished 5th, 7th and 9th in Conference the last 3 years. "You have to be held accountable to your results and we don't expect those results at Texas Tech."

Hocutt said the simple goal is to find the right individual who can lead the program back to the elite level. Tech Associate Head Coach Tim Tadlock will take over program on an interim basis.

In 4 seasons coaching Tech Baseball, Spencer went 115-112 including 44-61 in the Big 12.

This year's team was 29-26 but went 7-17 in conference and failed to make the Big 12 Championships.

Having played at Tech in the late 80's, Spencer came back to Lubbock with high hopes. As a pitching coach at Oregon State, the Beavers won back to back World Series.

Back in November 2010, Spencer signed a 5-year contract extension through 2015 but finishing in last this year prompted Hocutt to make a change for the future of Tech baseball.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 Sports will have more tonight on the News at 6 &10.

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