Over the past decade, as Texas Tech built its Football Training Facility and built on to Jones AT&T Stadium, it whetted Tech fans' appetites for more. Maybe their thirst is closer to being quenched.
Tech athletic spokesman Blayne Beal announced Thursday on Twitter that the athletic department is "in early stages of a project based capital campaign totaling over $100 million."
Tech officials used the occasion of a recruiting review Thursday night in Dallas to make the announcement to a crowd of fans.
Texas Tech will start spring football practice on March 5 and play its spring game on April 12, The Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton posted Thursday night on Twitter.
That means the Red Raiders will wrap spring ball around the campus' spring break, which is scheduled for March 15-23.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was in Dallas on Thursday night for the first in a series of recruiting reviews presented for Red Raiders fans.
Texas Tech outside linebacker Austin Stewart, who didn’t travel with the team to the Holiday Bowl, is still in the program, defensive coordinators Matt Wallerstedt and Mike Smith said. He’ll be a leading candidate to replace 2013 senior Terrance Bullitt, for whom he was the backup last season.
That could be a spirited competition. Also in the mix are Chris Payne, Jacarthy Mack and Zach Winbush, Smith said.
Texas Tech offensive line coach Lee Hays said Wednesday he’s had a conversation with Le’Raven Clark about possibly moving from left tackle to right tackle or back to guard, the position Clark played as a freshman.
Hays said Dominique Robertson, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound signee fromRiverside(Calif.)CityCollege, has played left tackle virtually his entire football life and was promised the chance to compete for the spot when he arrives at Tech. Robertson’s comfortable on the left side, and Hays has high hopes for him.
Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith confirmed on national signing day that he recruited Argyle safety Connor Wilson to fill the Raider outside linebacker position in the Tech defense. Smith said Wilson, who’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, has a frame that reminds him of Terrance Bullitt, the senior who started at Raider in 2013.
Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith said Wednesday that newly hired Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine offered him a job as the Browns’ linebackers coach, but Smith declined.
“I think everybody’s thinking I’m out of my mind, but I love Tech,” Smith said. “There is no other place I’d rather be than here. If I was at any other job, I would have gone in a heartbeat.”
Texas Tech had only one early signing day surprise, and it was a positive one. The Red Raiders added Michael Coley, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back prospect fromIrving. He was uncommitted going into Wednesday, having received scholarship offers at different times fromVanderbilt,LouisianaTech and UT-San Antonio.
Coley recently took an official visit to Tech.
A Texas Tech spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that offensive guard Beau Carpenter was kicked off the team for an unspecified rules violation. Not good, considering Carpenter would have been a senior next season and has 17 career starts.
Carpenter was one of only seven Tech offensive linemen who saw significant playing time in 2012 as line coach Lee Hays didn’t seem to trust his depth. Most games, he went with five or six linemen.
So banishing Carpenter tests that depth even more.
Texas Tech put three former walk-on football players on scholarship for the spring semester, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said Wednesday.
David Brenner, Bobby Esiaba and John White have played mostly on special teams. All three will be juniors next season.
Brenner is a 6-foot, 210-pound deep snapper from Plano Canyon Creek Christian Academy. Esiaba is a 6-0, 205-pound linebacker from Dallastown, Pa. White is a 5-10, 200-pound safety from Bremond.
Texas Tech wide receiver Derreck Edwards will spend some of his time with the track and field team this semester, although he will be a full-time football player during spring practice.
Edwards will compete in triple jump for the Tech track team. It’s likely he will participate at some meets before the Red Raiders' spring football practice schedule begins and again after spring practice concludes.