More than any other sport, college football coaches are put on pedestals. Texas was willing to give Nick Saban $100 million to coach the Longhorns. He didn't take it, choosing to stay at Alabama, where he already has a statue.Read More
In the spring of 2012, Collin Wilder visited Katy High's football practices day after day, asking coach Gary Joseph for a chance to play once the then-eighth grader entered high school.
The Horned Frogs have one of the strongest special teams units in the country heading into 2014. They're bringing everyone back. Junior Jaden Oberkrom is a top-of-the-line kicker who went 14-of-18 last season after a 22-for-30 freshman debut.
When Texas Tech was giving up an average of 282 rushing yards per game last year during a five-game losing streak, a lack of bulk in the front seven was viewed by many as part of the problem.
Living in Kaplan, a 4,600-person town in southern Louisiana, has limited the depth of coaching Jalen Bates receives. He's been taught to hit opponents, to hustle, to be physical.
Texas Tech and Oklahoma State battle each other every other year in Lubbock and Stillwater. More and more, the Red Raiders and the Cowboys might be squaring off in places like Lufkin and Tyler.