Texas Tech University suspended men’s basketball coach Mark Adams on Sunday for using what the school called «an inappropriate, unacceptable and racially insensitive comment» toward a student-athlete.
The school said Adams was trying to encourage the student-athlete, who was not identified, «to be more receptive to training.» The school said Adams «referenced Bible verses about workers, teachers, parents, and slaves serving their masters.»
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The event occurred last week.
«Texas Tech University suspended men’s basketball head coach Mark Adams in connection with his use of an inappropriate, unacceptable and racially insensitive comment last week,» the school said.
«On Friday, the director of athletics, Kirby Hocutt, learned of an incident involving a practice session between Adams and a member of the men’s basketball team. Adams was encouraging the student-athlete to be more receptive to training and referred to Bible verses about workers, masters, parents, and slaves serving their masters, Adams immediately addressed this with the team and apologized.
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«Upon learning of the incident, Hocutt addressed this matter with Adams and issued him a written reprimand. Hocutt subsequently made the decision to immediately suspend Adams in order to further investigate Adams’ interactions with his players and staff.» .
Adams assumed the head coaching job at the beginning of the 2021-22 season, replacing Chris Beard who took over the job from the Texas Longhorns.
The Red Raiders made it to the national championship in 2019 only to lose to Virginia.
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Texas Tech went 16-15 overall this season and would need a convincing run in the Big 12 Tournament to make it to the big dance this season.