Texas Tech offensive lineman Tony Morales has been approved for a sixth year of eligibility and will play for the Red Raiders in 2016, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday.
That development’s not a surprise, given Morales missed his first four seasons at Tech because of injuries. He saw the first game action of his career last season as a fifth-year senior.
Texas Tech offensive coaches liked what they saw behind the scenes last season from Terence Steele and Madison Akamnonu as the two freshmen offensive linemen redshirted.
Pretty soon, there’ll be no more behind the scenes for that pair.
Steele will open at left tackle and Akamnonu at right tackle when the Red Raiders start spring practice on Saturday, offensive coordinator Eric Morris said Friday. Coaches have all spring and summer to decide whether it stays that way, and Morris said the alignment could change from day to day.
The former Lettermen’s Lounge and athletic ticket office building at the north end of Jones Stadium has been gutted and the glass windows removed in preparation for turning the building into a game-day stadium club.
That project is scheduled to be completed for the 2016 season.
Walkways behind the brick pillars of the scoreboard will connect sections 112A and 112B to the club-space area. Texas Tech made one late change to the original proposal: Instead of outdoor club seats, Tech opted for loge boxes.
Texas Tech is considering a ceremonial groundbreaking for its $48 million Sports Performance Center around the time of the April 16 football spring game at Jones AT&T Stadium, athletic director Kirby Hocutt said Tuesday.
Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said he expects the Red Raiders to have a spring football scrimmage in Midland for the fourth year in a row.
At last week’s national signing day news conference, a Tech official said a Midland event was “up in the air,” but Hocutt said Tuesday that Tech wants to continue the annual one-day trip to the Petroplex.
Le’Tristan Pledger, an eight-time all-American with the Texas Tech track and field program, has transferred to Northern Illinois for her last year of eligibility, Tech head coach Wes Kittley said.
Pledger graduated from Tech. She transferred, Kittley said, to be closer to family for her last year.
Former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Trey Haverty will be the new defensive coordinator at Lamar, FootballScoop.com reported Wednesday.
Haverty was among the three Tech assistants let go at the end of the 2015 regular season after being original members of Kliff Kingsbury’s staff. Haverty coached the Red Raiders’ outside linebackers last season.
Lamar finished 5-6 last season. Former Cardinals defensive coordinator Craig McGallion announced his retirement with two games left in the season, and linebackers coach Mark Criner replaced him on an interim basis.
Texas Tech on Wednesday officially announced the hirings of Kevin Patrick to be defensive line coach and Jabbar Juluke to be running backs coach. Patrick comes to Tech after two years at North Texas, and Juluke comes to Tech after three years at Louisiana Tech.
“We are extremely excited to add both coach Patrick and coach Juluke to our staff,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said in a prepared statement. “Coach Patrick has coached and developed some of the best defensive linemen in college football. He brings a wealth of experience and will be a great addition to our program.
New Bowling Green coach Mike Jinks on Thursday officially announced the hirings of two more coaches with whom he worked at Texas Tech. Matt Brock will be Bowling Green’s special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach, and Stephen Hamby will be the Falcons’ offensive line coach.
Drew Krueger was promoted to head trainer for the Texas Tech football program and Raymond Champagne II to associate trainer, the Tech athletic department announced Friday.
No one had the title of head trainer during the 2015 season after Jeremy Busch was hired in August by Illinois.
Grant Stovall, Tech associate athletic director for sports medicine said Krueger and Champagne had earned promotions after being in the program for two years apiece.