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Watch: Grant McCasland Shares First Message with Red Raider Nation

Texas Tech just hired its newest head coach in Grant McCasland, and he’s certainly ready to hit the ground running. Need any proof of that, then just listen to what he had to say in a video to Red Raider Nation.

“Red Raider Nation, let’s go win some championships! Wreck ’em!” McCasland said, while getting ready to board a plane.


The Red Raiders will sign McCasland to a six-year contract with $18 million, according to CBS Sports. McCasland is fresh off of leading the North Texas Mean Green to an NIT Championship, after they defeated Conference USA foe UAB 68-61 on Thursday night to win the tournament.

It was the last time that both teams will play as members of Conference USA, as both the Mean Green and Blazers are headed to the American Athletic Conference next season.

Under McCasland’s watch, North Texas finished 31-7 for the 2022-23 season. That brought his record as a head coach to 210-89. Over the last six seasons at UNT, McCasland went 135-65 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2021, upsetting No. 4 Purdue in the first round.

Reports surfaced Thursday from KCBD 11, an NBC News affiliate in Lubbock, Texas, that McCasland was set to be named the next head basketball coach at Texas Tech, with an announcement coming after the conclusion of the NIT Tournament. And that turned out to be exactly the case.

McCasland will be the third head coach for Texas Tech in as many years, following Chris Beard’s exit and Mark Adams’ resignation.

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