Chris Walker became Texas Tech's interim head basketball coach Thursday. He replaces Billy Gillispie.
Walker has a verbal agreement with athletic director Kirby Hocutt for a six-month contract.
"I'm very thankful that Texas Tech and Kirby Hocutt have given me this opportunity," Walker told reporters. "It means everything to me."
Gillispie quit Sept. 20, amid health concerns and a pending university investigation regarding his potential mistreatment of players.
The Red Raiders went 8-23 record last season.
Walker took over day-to-day operations Sept. 7. Hocutt said others were considered for the post.
"It became clear over the course of the last couple of weeks, when you see the energy, when you see the determination, when you see the attitude of this group of young men, that the best decision for this basketball program was to stay in-house and to elevate Chris Walker to this role," Hocutt told reporters.