Texas Tech guard Drew Coffman leaving team

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Junior guard Drew Coffman has informed
Texas Tech coaches that he is leaving the team, which has struggled
with injuries and a young roster this season.

Coffman played in 11 of the Red Raiders' 12 games this season,
including four starts. The 6-foot-1 guard from Midland played the
best game of his college career on Nov. 23 against Furman, when he
scored 22 points in a Tech victory.

"He said he didn't feel like he was helping the team and he
didn't want to play anymore," coach Bob Knight told the Lubbock
Avalanche-Journal. "I told him I was sorry it didn't work out for
him. He said he didn't blame me, but I always blame myself when a
player doesn't get out of it what we thought he could."

Tech basketball spokesman Randy Farley told The Associated Press
on Thursday that Coffman notified coaches of his decision when he
returned from Christmas break. Farley said he had not spoken with
Coffman about his decision or future plans.

When reached at a Midland telephone number, a man who identified
himself only as Coffman's father confirmed that Coffman is leaving
the team. Coffman could not immediately be reached for comment.

After winning five of its first seven games, Texas Tech (6-6)
has lost four of its last five.

Knight brought in seven freshmen and one junior college transfer
this year. LucQuente White, Damir Suljagic, Darryl Dora and Jon
Plefka have all been prevented from playing because of injuries at
some point in the season.

The Red Raiders face New Mexico State (4-6) on Thursday night in
Las Cruces, N.M.