Texas Tech guard Drew Coffman leaving team

Updated: December 29, 2005, 7:09 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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