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Texas Tech to hold a spring practice in Midland

Workout to be held 1 p.m. April 6 at Grande Communications Stadium

Posted: March 1, 2013 - 3:48pm
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The Texas Tech football team will hold one of its spring workouts in Midland on April 6.

The practice will begin at 1 p.m. inside Grande Communications Stadium. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and admission is free to the public.

The Tech band and cheer and pom squads will be in attendance, as well as members of the Tech promotions and fan engagement staff.

Fans attending the event will have the opportunity to buy 2013 season tickets from the Tech athletic department staff.

 

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I Like It

It's inexpensive and we MUST ALWAYS strongly recruit Midland-Odessa.

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My thoughts exactly, but why just one practice, ...

unless it's more of a ticket sales event. 1/3 of the article was about season ticket sales! I don't know what exactly "fan engagement" does. Sorry if I sound cynical, but I am. More people in Odessa, but more oil money in Midland.

Why not Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun or Fri-Sat-Sun., and have it be like all-star weekend, only a fund-raiser that regular people can afford and attend. Have it all at the stadium and charge $1 for kids, $2 for middle & high school, and $3 for adults and include a photo of the coaching staff. Or, leave admission free and have more after practice contests/events you can charge a small sum for. Have all concessions and a few extra grills selling food at a non-game reasonable price. Have a PPK competition after practice, an autograph session for coaches and players. Make it an event instead of just a practice. It doesn't take a year to plan some fun and games.

And have a larger version at the Jones. Charge just enough to make a small profit, interest kids in football and the brand, and let the average person participate, not just those who are looking at season tickets. Nothing turns off the average joe more than knowing they don't care about him because he can "only" afford to go to one game. So I get to sit on a bench in the hot sun and pay $5 for a soda and $7.50 for a burger. That doesn't do squat for 90% of people. This economy is a long-term proposition. The upper-middle and middle class are shrinking.

Well-to-do's aren't buying season tickets because of a free practice. The 1% ers don't live in West Texas, and their kids go to Ivy League schools.

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Overthinking

You're thinking way to far into this practice. Texas Tech does not need to convince people to buy season tickets, especially not now. It's simply a show of goodwill towards the Midland/Odessa area.....that's all it is, not a sales event and not a fundraiser.

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You're probably not right, because "Fans attending the event ...

... will have the opportunity to buy 2013 season tickets ..." ! Maybe we're both right, but "Especially Not Now " is the arrogant, backward approach that brought us the last 4 years. We kicked A&M's rectal opening for years, but look who's where now !!!

And maybe TTU marketing, public relations, promotions, fan engagement, and athletic dept staff need to consider hosting events, such as I described, in the future. Recruits are much more likely to come from 'average' families than those of season ticket wealth. Just a thought.

I understand there are most likely a host of vague NCAA regulations and violations that need to be worked around. All the more reason the big schools need to dump the NCAA and have a Commissioner and League offices beholden to the schools, like the NFL, rather than the current waste of time/money/resources. Let's face it, college football is big business. A lot of money is pumped into the NCAA (think Union leadership/mobsters) that the schools could have control over. Just another thought.

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This tour should come to

This tour should come to Amarillo. We have more Raiders here than any of those other places. Dick Bivins would be perfect, its time to stop neglecting your northern neighbors.

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I agree 100% Tommie, I was going to say that the event ...

needs to rotate among different stadiums in the region, but I sidetracked myself with the rant about the failures of the NCAA.

The population of the Amarillo area is equal to Midland and Odessa, and has been overlooked for far too long. Thank you for correcting my oversight. Too bad TTU doesn't have someone overseeing blogs and postings. We are not all idiot losers, sitting in our underwear, in our parent's basement drinking koolaid. They could gain valuable knowledge, great employees with passion and ideas, and vastly increase their recruiting/fan base. I've lived in the Lubbock area for over 20 years, and have never seen anything similar to what I've proposed locally, much less regionally. I'm betting that Amarillo doesn't have the oil money Midland does. The more I think about it, Mikey is being naive. Follow the money and you will find the true agenda. Look at gas prices. Oil money is in Midland.

The problem is that the powers that be (govt, corp, etc) have always looked down upon the common man. Just $1 from half a million people is $500,000, and spreads a lot more goodwill/recognition than schmoozing a few wealthy donors. I don't know Kliff's background, but I'm hoping he's more of a regular guy that won't let millions of $$$ cloud his good nature and common sense. That may be hoping for too much, but one can always hope that integrity and compassion is not extinct just because one has elevated their status. Kirby Hocutt was overlooked because of his size during recruiting, and look where he is now. Honestly, who posting here wouldn't love to have his job at a fraction of the salary. Yes, it's harder work to have many events for many people at an affordable price. It's easier to charge $$$ for boosters to hear coach speak on tour. How many recruits does that bring in ???

I was hoping the "young/new blood" would translate into fresh ideas/approaches, and the Midland practice is a small step in the right direction. I just think it smacks of "token Negro" more than we want you and need you. Every human being longs to be wanted, and being needed fuels the male ego. If you're going thru the motions at your own expense, then why not "be for real", and "Go Big or Stay Home".

More time will tell, as it's been a fairly short time frame to plan larger events. San Antonio is humongous, and we have a respected coach from there. That would be more productive than holding a large event in Lubbock, which would be more like preaching to the choir. Abilene has nice facilities and a sizeable area/population to recruit from. So does Wichita Falls.

Jerry Jones, for all his meddling where he doesn't belong, has seized these same opportunities/ideas. If he would concentrate on making money and leave the football to those knowledgeable, no telling how different the last 17-19 years may have been.

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My whole point is that winning comes from ...

recruiting, first and foremost, above all else. WINNING, above all else, brings in $$$/fans/recruits/stature/etc. Recruits come from everyday people, not the 1%.

'Nuff said !! p.s. thank you, Stan Lee !!

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Now That....

Now that I agree with Pete.

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