Mark Adams steps down as Texas Tech head coach

Texas Tech coach Mark Adams resigned Wednesday following the team's season-ending loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament's first round. The school announced the news late Wednesday just three days after he was suspended by the school for allegedly making inappropriate and racially insensitive remarks during a coaching session with a player.

Texas Tech announced the news saying his resignation followed his suspension "and [Texas Tech's] inquiry related to his interactions with his players and staff."

"Following this inquiry, Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt determined that the racially insensitive comment was unintentional and an isolated incident," Texas Tech said. "Following the comment, Adams immediately apologized to the team."

Adams was initially issued a written reprimand for the interaction with the player. He is also accused of spitting on a player earlier in the season; he denied doing so but admitted he "slobbered" on the player during a game after having a cough and going to the doctor, according to Stadium's Jeff Goodman.

"My lifelong goal was to help and be a positive influence on my players, and to be a part of the Texas Tech men's basketball team," Adams said in the release announcing his resignation. "However, both the University and I believe this incident has become a distraction for the Texas Tech men's basketball team and the University, which I care about so deeply."

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