Texas Tech has reportedly found its new men’s basketball coach.
According to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports and Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle, Grant McCasland will accept a six-year, $18 million deal to take over the position that was vacated by Mark Adams earlier this month. McCasland led North Texas to an NIT title win over UAB on Thursday night.
North Texas also has a new leader in place, as associate head coach Ross Hodge will take over McCasland’s role with the Mean Green. McCasland and North Texas officials reportedly declined to comment on the move following Thursday night’s victory.
McCasland was one of the first names to surface in public speculation after Adams stepped down. He’s young (46) but experienced as a head coach and is part of the Scott Drew coaching tree. With a record of 209-89, he’s won at Midwestern State, Arkansas State and UNT. And he has ties to Tech, having a master’s degree from the school.
Adams’ departure was announced by Tech just after the Red Raiders were eliminated in the first round of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, losing to West Virginia 78-62 with interim coach Corey Williams.
Adams had been suspended because of what Tech had characterized as “racially insensitive” remark. In asking a player to be more receptive to coaching, Adams had cited a Bible verse that included a reference to masters and slaves.
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