Texas Tech finally put the rumors to rest Tuesday when Kirby Hocutt officially hired former Minnesota Golden Gopher Coach Tubby Smith to take over for a struggling men's basketball team. The university's decision to hire Smith has been met with mixed reaction across the campus. Some Red Raiders are thrilled to see the team next season, while others are upset and worried because the new coach has no ties to Texas.
"Yeah, I'm excited about it. It's good to see the guys excited about it too," said Breeann David, a sophomore and volleyball player at Tech.
"I always know that they look into it and they find the best match. So I trust that Kirby made the best decision," David said.
However, not all the chatter around campus is positive.
"Either they like him or they don't," said senior Matt Nelson. "He doesn't have any recruits here in Texas so it's going to be at least two years before he has any kind of a program. It's kind of frustrating," Nelson said
Although feelings at Red Raider Nation are split, majority of the people KCBD spoke to are extremely excited for the new hire and say they are ready for Smith to win Tech some games.
"I'm really excited about it. He (Smith) has 500 wins and 200 losses. Sounds pretty good, so pretty excited about it," said Adrian Glenn, junior at Tech.
"Hopefully we just have a good guy this time. That's what it's all about - getting someone who wants to be committed to Lubbock and Tech. I can't wait until next year...football and basketball are getting exciting again," junior Luke Bridges said.
Nevertheless, the question buzzing around campus is can Smith can bring Tech to an NCAA championship next season?
According to one student, the championship isn't what matters as long as Tech is making strides in that direction. "At least make it to the bracket this year. Hopefully we got some good standings, get some new recruits, good players and get a new strategy going," said Glenn.
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