Chris Beard’s Texas Tech squad lost a lot of talent last year. Keenan Evans, Zhaire Smith, Niem Stevenson, Zach Smith were four of the team’s top five scorers last year. None of them are on the team this year. Yet the Red Raiders are a top-ten team in the country and have a great shot at dethroning the Kansas Jayhawks from the top of the Big 12.
The Raiders need a win against Iowa state AND a loss from Kansas State this weekend against the Oklahoma Sooners to be the lone, regular season Big 12 Champion. This would be the first time since 2004 that Kansas has not earned a share of the Big 12 Regular Season Championship.
Texas Tech Coach Almost…Wasn’t
Beard sits down with CLNS Media’s own Jeff Goodman this week for Good ‘N Plenty to discuss everything this year. What’s it like coaching Jarrett Culver, one of the best players in the country? What is the deal with all these locker room celebrations?
But most importantly Beard opens up about his decision to step away from UNLV. He became the head coach of the Runnin’ Rebels in late-March of 2016. But once Tubby Smith bolted to Memphis Beard was approached by the higher ups at Tech.
“The timing was awful. I have nothing but respect for the people of UNLV and Vegas,” said Beard. “Sometimes in life opportunity comes at different times.”
“Texas Tech was a place I had been before. There was some family parts of the equation. But more than anything, Kirby [Hocutt] and I just talked about the future of the program,” he added.
Check out the rest of the show below to find out how he got to where he is today. Make sure you subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher! And be sure to follow Jeff on Twitter.
3:20 Life before Texas Tech
15:13 Why take the Texas Tech job after taking UNLV job?
19:15 What’s the deal with the celebration videos?
28:20 Lessons from Bobby Knight
30:21 Jarrett Culver has an old school appreciation of the game