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    On Monday, ESPN ranked the best bang-for-the-buck coaching values in college football. Then they loooked at the opposite end of the spectrum and discuss coaches who are overpaid, based on salaries and results. Some coaches like Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech are new, but the money they’re making should increase expectations. The estimated salary figures come from a combination of documents obtained by ESPN.com and the USA Today coaches’ salary database. Here was their top 7 1. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa 2. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M 3. Charlie Strong, Texas 4. Bret Bielema, Arkansas T5. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State and Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss 7. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech (yep, there he is!)(This is what they said) Estimated 2015 salary: $3.1 millionThe Golden Boy returned to his alma mater, started the 2013 season 7-0 -- and then hit a wall. The Red Raiders are 5-13 since then. Their 4-8 mark in 2014 was the school’s worst since 1990. A dizzying number of defensive coordinators have played a role in a lack of stability; Kingsbury is hopeful that David Gibbs is a settling force for that side of the ball. For the rest of the rankings visit ESPN.com
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    ESPN's Jake Trotter was recently asked if he thought Texas Tech's defense would improve in 2015. This was his response:  @Jake_Trotter: I expect improvement from a unit that was one of the worst in Big 12 history. Mike Mitchell should give Texas Tech's run defense a major boost. He has the potential for 100 tackles. Even though he'll just be a freshman, Breiden Fehoko will help up front. New coordinator David Gibbs is also going to take the pressure off Tech's young DBs, which should help them build some much-needed confidence. The biggest key, though, will be whether the Red Raiders can force turnovers anywhere near the rate that Gibbs' defenses did at Houston. Tech is still going to give up yards. But if the defense can force turnovers, it will negate many of its shortcomings. For the rest of his mailbag read here: ESPN.com  
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    Fanbuzz.com recenlty names its top 5 offensive lines in the nation. And there was a suprise there for Red Raiders fans. Desptie going 4-8 last season, Tech was on the list.  Here is what they had to say about the Red Raiders' OL:   Texas Tech Red Raiders – Le’Raven Clark*, Alfredo Morales*, Jared Kaster*, Baylen Brown*, Poet Thomas Texas Tech fell off last season to 4-8, but if there’s a bright spot for Kliff Kingsbury’s Red Raiders it’s the offensive line. Four starters return from a line that ranked 22nd in adjusted line yards and 2nd in adjusted sack rate in 2014 on Football Outsiders, with the only replacement being sophomore Poet Thomas likely to step in at right tackle. Texas Tech was 13th in the nation in sacks allowed at 1.08 per game and 20th in tackles for loss allowed at 4.75 per game. While there’s work to do in Lubbock at the skill positions and on defense, the foundation is there up front for the Red Raiders to get back to their tremendous offensive output from 2013.   The the other top OLs were: Georgia, Michigan State, Ohio State and Alabama.   Read more at FanBuzz.com
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    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other members of the Dallas media were able to talk with Kliff Kingsbury on Tuesday, two weeks before spring practices begin for the Red Raiders. Here is an except from Jimmy Burch's story on the quarterback battle between Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb:  DALLAS -- Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury filled the ballroom at a Dallas hotel, once again, with Red Raiders fans waiting to hear about his latest recruiting class. But he conceded that the vibe of Wednesday’s crowd, like others in previous venues on this tour across Texas, included more skepticism and less unbridled passion than a year ago. For that, Kingsbury blames the man in the mirror and plans to take steps to fix the situation when spring drills begin Feb. 28. “I think it’s what you’d expect from any college football fans when you go 4-8,” Kingsbury said. “That’s the nature of the business ... win now. We’ve just got to get better. That’s never going to be acceptable at Texas Tech, finishing 4-8. We’ve just got to improve on that.” For the rest of this story visit the Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
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    The Dallas Mornings News' Kate Hairpoulos broke down Baylor and Texas Tech and predicted a 56-21 score, yes in favor of Baylor. Her four keys to the game were 1. Can't miss Oakman. 2. Baylor defines game control 3. Flags and turnovers 4. At AT&T to stay. This  is what she had to say on flags and turnovers: Texas Tech and Baylor are the two most penalized teams in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have 101 penalties for 945 yards in 11 games, an average of 85.9 yards per game. The Bears have 101 penalties for 894 yards in 10 games, an average of 89.4 yards per game. But the teams don’t compare when it comes to turnover margin. Baylor is +9 on the season, gaining 19 and losing 10, while Tech is -10, gaining 14 and losing 24." For the rest of the article visit The Dallas Morning News
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