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Texas Tech will play up-tempo style under Walker

By BETSY BLANEY/Associated Press
Oct. 30, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.


LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech coach Chris Walker is working quickly to teach his style to players after taking over a struggling program under difficult circumstances.

The university named Walker the interim coach Oct. 4, two weeks after Billy Gillispie resigned for health reasons.

It probably won't be difficult to follow Gillispie's lone season at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders won just one Big 12 game last year on their way to an 8-23 record, the program's worst since 1990-91.

Walker is 42 and in his first head coaching job. He wants a fast-paced offense and a defense that presses often.

The Red Raiders are led by Jordan Tolbert, Ty Nurse and Jaye Crockett, who last season combined to average 29.2 points. Walker is the third Texas Tech coach in as many years.

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