“Texas Tech Coach’s Resignation Sparks Outcry over Racially Insensitive Comment”

Texas Tech University was thrown into turmoil when Mark Adams, the head coach of the men’s basketball team, resigned following an investigation into racially insensitive comments he made. The university suspended Adams on Monday, pending an investigation into an incident that occurred during the team’s recent road trip.

Details of the incident were not immediately available, but the university said in a statement that an investigation found Adams used a “racially insensitive comment” while traveling with the team. The university did not specify the nature of the comment or whom it was directed towards, but several players reportedly spoke out against it.

In response to the incident, the Texas Tech NAACP released a statement saying, “We’re just going backward.” The statement criticized the university’s handling of the incident and called for “accountability” and “a plan of action.” The NAACP also called for a meeting with university officials to discuss the matter.

Adams, who was hired as head coach in April after the departure of Chris Beard, issued a statement in which he apologized for the comment and said he was resigning in order to “prevent further distraction.” Adams said he believed it was in the best interest of the team and the university to step down.

“I deeply regret the comment I made,” Adams said in the statement. “I understand the hurt and pain it has caused, and I take full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to the team, the university and the fans for any distraction or negativity this has caused.”

Adams’ resignation comes at a challenging time for the university’s athletics program, which has faced a series of high-profile departures in recent years, including that of former football coach Kliff Kingsbury. It remains to be seen who will be appointed to replace Adams as head coach of the men’s basketball team.