Head coach Tubby Smith of the Minnesota Golden Gophers reacts in the first half against the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Frank Erwin Center on March 24, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
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Tubby Smith is heading to Texas Tech to try to turn around another wayward program.
A person with knowledge of the deal says Texas Tech agreed to terms Monday with Smith on a contract to be its next coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.
Smith takes over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this season and just 3-15 in Big 12 play. The program is still reeling from Billy Gillispie's volatile one-year tenure, which ended when he resigned in September.
Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons. He led them to three NCAA tournaments and this year delivered the program's first tourney win -- over sixth-seeded UCLA -- since 1997.
Smith previously coached at the University of Tulsa in the 1990s, leading Tulsa Golden Hurricane to two appearances in the Sweet 16.
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