Texas Tech basketball coach Mark Adams has been suspended pending an investigation for making what school administrators called an “inappropriate, unacceptable, and racially insensitive comment” to a player last week. But what the coach said truly makes this story troubling: while giving a lesson on how to be coachable — he quoted the Holy Bible.
According to Stadium, the Texas Tech coach said that the comments he made were in no way racist, but that he was quoting a Bible verse when he explained to a player that there is “always a master and a servant.”
Adams explained to the sports outlet, “I was quoting the scripture. It was a private conversation about coaching and when you have a job, and being coachable.”
The 66-year-old coach added, “I said that in the Bible that Jesus talks about how we all have bosses, and we all are servants,”
“I was quoting the Bible about that.”
Stadium reported that unnamed sources told the outlet Texas Tech Athletic director Kirby Hocutt was subsequently notified about the incident last week by a staff member.
Jeff Goodman of Stadium told Fox Sports‘ Doug Gottlieb Saturday, “According to my sources, there’s a good chance Mark Adams will never coach another game in Lubbock.”
“According to my sources, there’s a good chance Mark Adams will never coach another game in Lubbock.”@GoodmanHoops and @GottliebShow discuss the suspension of Texas Tech head basketball coach, Mark Adams. pic.twitter.com/fa7W9hGfFw
— Stadium (@Stadium) March 7, 2023
In a statement released Sunday, Texas Tech wrote,
“On Friday, Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt was made aware of an incident regarding a coaching session between Adams and a member of the men’s basketball team. Adams was encouraging the student-athlete to be more receptive to coaching and referenced Bible verses about workers, teachers, parents, and slaves serving their masters. Adams immediately addressed this with the team and apologized.”
“Upon learning of the incident, Hocutt addressed this matter with Adams and issued him a written reprimand,” the statement continued. “Hocutt subsequently made the decision to suspend Adams effective immediately in order to conduct a more thorough inquiry of Adams’ interactions with his players and staff.”
The coach did speak to his team the next day to provide context and explained the situation he told Stadium, but he claims he did not apologize.
“One of my coaches said it bothered the player,” he said. “I explained to them. I didn’t apologize.”
Adams was midway through his second season as head coach after being promoted from assistant coach. Texas Tech had a successful season last year, ending the season 27 and 10 and even reaching the NCAA Sweet 16. In 2022 however, the team has lagged behind with a 16-15 record. Going into the NCAA Big 12 tournament the team will now be led by former Assistant and now interim Coach Corey Williams according to USA Today.
The outlet reported that to terminate Adam’s contract without cause, Texas Tech would be forced to pay the coach 60% of the remaining $7 million on his contract.