After one of the most surprising and impressive seasons in the country, Texas Tech has locked up head basketball coach Chris Beard to a six-year contract extension. The deal is worth a reported $19.05 million.
The Red Raiders enter the Big 12 Tournament this week as the No. 2 seed after finishing the regular season 23-8 overall and 11-7 in conference play. In the preseason poll, the Red Raiders were picked to finish in 7th place in the conference. Tech went 11-1 in conference play and carried that momentum into conference play, getting off to a 4-1 start. Beard’s first season in Lubbock was a rebuilding process as the Red Raiders went 18-14 (6-12 Big 12 play) to finish 8th in the conference last season.
As for the 2017-18 campaign, the high point in Texas Tech’s season was a seven-game winning streak from January into mid-February. But injuries hit Texas Tech, which caused the Red Raiders to lose four in a row before beating TCU to close out the regular season on Saturday. Texas Tech also welcomed in ESPN’s College GameDay for the first time in program history.
The Red Raiders’ 23 wins are the most for the program since 2003-2004 under Bobby Knight. The Red Raiders are a lock for the NCAA Tournament and haven’t been to a Sweet 16 since 2005. Beard was an assistant on these Texas Tech teams under both Bobby and Pat Knight. He spent 10 years in Lubbock before head coaching stops at McMurry, Angelo State and Arkansas-Little Rock.