Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com posted on his Twitter account late Thursday that Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville might choose Marshall assistant Fred Tate to fill the Red Raiders' latest staff vacancy.
That dovetails with what I was told earlier Thursday, that Tuberville would look to hire a minority candidate and the frontrunner was someone who had a past with new Tech defensive coordinator Art Kaufman.
Tate fits both descriptions. He and Kaufman coached together at East Carolina in 2003 and 2004.
Texas Tech started spring practice on a winter day that felt like fall. It was 45 degrees with gray skies, and the Red Raiders worked out under the lights at their practice field Friday afternoon. According to a Tech survey, only Army got an earlier start on spring football.
There was no post-practice question-and-answer session, but here are a few notes from day one:
-- Fred Tate, who is expected to be named Tech's new defensive line coach sometime in the next few days, was in attendance, wearing a suit and tie.
Texas Tech players were back on the field Saturday morning for the second session of spring practice. Just like Friday, it was overcast, and it was even more chilly than the day before with 40-degree weather and intermittent mist.
"It doesn't bother the players," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "They're running full speed. They're not cold at all.
"I'd rather have this with no wind than 65 degrees and the wind blowing 30 miles an hour. We can get a lot more done.
DALLAS -- TCU coach Gary Patterson says his program's move to the Big 12 Conference has yielded more recruits being receptive to the Horned Frogs. On the other hand, Patterson says he's making a conscious effort to scrutinize players more carefully before taking them into the program.
"There's an old saying: It's not the guys you lose that get you beat.
Texas Tech running back Eric Stephens is "probably 80 percent" healthy in his comeback from major knee surgery, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said, and coaches want to get him back into action before the first Big 12 Conference game Sept. 29 at Iowa State.
Tuberville said Stephens will practice on a non-contact basis in August, but "he'll be full speed for pass routes and running the ball." The senior running back is working out in a knee brace.
The Red Raiders have non-conference games with Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico before an open date.
No matter which recruiting service a person consulted, Michael Starts from Waco La Vega was among the top couple of hundreds recruits in the nation last year.
DALLAS -- One of the hot topics in the Texas Longhorns' preseason camp will be which young quarterback, David Ash or Case McCoy, emerges as the starter. Texas coach Mack Brown, during Big 12 Conference media days Tuesday, pointed out that both ended last season with a big win -- McCoy against Texas A&M and Ash against California in the Holiday Bowl.
They also have a year under their belts with co-offensive coordinators Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite.
"So we're coming in in a much better place this year than we were last year," Brown said.
DALLAS -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy obviously wasn't happy to hear about the recent string of off-field issues involving his former player, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Bryant's mother called 911 on July 14 and accused him of assault. Though Angela Bryant later decided not to pursue charges, Dez Bryant still could face disciplinary action by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
"It saddens me to hear negative things come out about Dez, and hopefully he can get it together," Gundy told reporters at Big 12 Conference media days.
DALLAS -- What's that? Did Texas coach Mack Brown take a shot at former Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy?
No, of course not. But McCoy was such a smooth passer, Brown said Tuesday at Big 12 football media days, that the Longhorns' running game suffered when he left after the 2009 season. Post-Colt, Brown said Texas had to get its toughness back.
Last year was a start.