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Edwards, Santos-Silva Leaving Texas Tech after Beard’s Departure

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Louisville

Texas Tech’s Kyler Edwards and Marcos Santos-Silva have submitted their names to the transfer portal, hours after their head coach, Chris Beard, left for Texas.

Edwards announced his move on his Twitter feed. While he didn’t use the word ‘transfer portal,’ it was clear he was moving on.

Rivals.com was among the outlets to report Edwards’ departure.

Shortly after, R.C. Maxfield of Red Raider Sports noted that forward Marcus Santos-Silva was entering the portal as well.

Beard had been rumored to be a candidate for the Texas job since Shaka Smart left for Marquette a week ago. Beard was officially hired on Thursday. Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt told reporters on Thursday that the Red Raiders are putting together a search committee to find a new head coach and that they’re hopeful the process will take about two weeks.

But Edwards and Santos-Silva aren’t waiting.

 

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Edwards spent three seasons at Texas Tech, with career averages of 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. Last season, Edwards averaged 10.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists as the Red Raiders reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Edwards has two years of eligibility remaining.

Santos-Silva transferred to Texas Tech before last season from Virginia Commonwealth. A graduate transfer, Santos-Silva was an immediate starter for the Red Raiders, as he averaged 8.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.

Because the NCAA granted all winter sport athletics an additional year of eligibility due to COVID-19, Santos-Silva has one year of eligibility remaining.

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