October 24, 2012

Players talk turbulent fall

Head coaching departures never come at ideal times. But the departure of former Texas Tech head men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie for health reasons amid allegations of player mistreatment.

None of that was good for a team that had just finished a 7-24 season including a 1-17 record in the Big 12 Conference regular season portion of the schedule. But in the midst of whether Gillispie was or was not going to come back for a second year as the Red Raiders were less than two months from the start of the 2012-2013 season, a team was forged through fire.

"I think just staying together when the hard things come, we were able to do that," fan favorite and shooting guard Luke Adams said. "We needed each other the most. Just like a family. That's what we are. Anytime we needed someone we had a lot of people to turn to."

Tuesday's local media day was the first time anyone really had the opportunity to get the Tech players to open up about the final days of Gillispie's tenure, but it is worth mentioning the players looked great and seemed to be in very good spirits. There's a sense of optimism despite last season and the tough blow of losing what could have potentially been a proven basketball coach in Lubbock for years to come.

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