Texas Tech freshman Bradley Marquez has a lot on his mind this summer. During his high school career at Odessa, Marquez rushed for 4,400 yards, but he’ll begin training to play outside receiver — specifically flanker — when the Red Raiders start practice.
Marquez also is in the midst of contract negotiations with the New York Mets, who drafted in Major League Baseball’s June draft.
“I’ve got a couple of weeks or whatever to see if the contract’s going to get done or not,” Marquez said. “I couldn’t tell you. We’ll see how that goes.”
Delvon Simmons, Texas Tech’s blue-chip defensive tackle, checked in at the Red Raiders’ football facility Friday, but is awaiting certification from the NCAA clearinghouse before he can begin practice.
Asked about Simmons’ situation, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said, “We don’t know yet. Not a hundred percent yet.”
Asked whether he expected Simmons to be cleared, Tuberville said, “Yeah.”
Tech had 102 players check in at the team facility Friday afternoon, preparing for the first preseason practice at 4:30 p.m.
Texas Tech has added six players to its 2012 recruiting class in less than a week with a pledge today from Trey Keenan, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman from Class 3A Argyle.
Keenan reportedly has scholarship offers from more than a dozen schools in BCS conference.
Sonny Cumbie, the former Texas Tech quarterback who's now a Red Raiders assistant coach, carved out a nice career for himself in the Arena Football League. That might not be a bad place to be for Steven Sheffield either.
Spokane Shock coach Rob Keefe sounded excited about the prospect of having Sheffield on board when he was added to the roster on Wednesday.
"If it weren't for the NFL lockout, a player like Steve Sheffield would not be available to us," Keefe said on the team's web site. "He has a huge upside, and I'm excited to teach him the Arena game."
Way before he became a major-college football coach, Tommy Tuberville made some money as a guinea pig for medical science.
Researchers needed whatever people they could round up to document the effects of ibuprofen on humans. They offered $300 for 24 hours.
"That was a month's (income) for me," Tuberville recalled. "I go down there with about 20 homeless guys.
There's a good chance Tommy Tuberville was glued to the television on Monday night, just like most followers of college football.
It's just as likely that Texas Tech's head coach watched the BCS championship game between Auburn and Oregon with more of an emotional investment than most.
Tuberville, who recently completed his first season with the Red Raiders, spent 10 seasons at Auburn before being forced out following the 2008 season. His 2004 team went 13-0 but was left out of the national-title game.
Taylor Potts and Brian Duncan, who helped lead Texas Tech to a bowl win against Northwestern on New Year's Day, will lace it up one more time as college football players.
The Texas Tech seniors have agreed to play in the fifth annual NFL Players Association Game, which pits outgoing college players from Texas against those from the rest of the nation, on Feb. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Two Texas Tech football coaches will head to Abilene later this month to be guest speakers at the Air Raid & 3-3-5 Coaching Clinic hosted by McMurry University.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown and receivers coach Sonny Cumbie, who both have ties to the Air Raid, will speak at the clinic scheduled for Jan. 20-22 at the MCM Elegante Suites hotel.
DALLAS - It's almost completely dark inside Cotton Bowl Stadium, and the lights also have gone out on another Texas Tech football season.
The Red Raiders wrapped up year one under Tommy Tuberville with a 45-38 victory against Northwestern on Saturday in the inaugural TicketCity Bowl. It wasn't the most sound performance - Tech threatened to blow a 22-point lead and allowed the Wildcats to post a season high for points - but it left the team with eight wins and a three-game winning streak for the first time all season.
DALLAS - Good morning, and Happy New Year, from Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Texas Tech and Northwestern just kicked off the inaugural TicketCity Bowl, which is the first college football game of 2011.
The Red Raiders, who are making their 11th consecutive bowl appearance, are trying to win a bowl game for the second year in a row. They're also aiming for their first postseason win at Cotton Bowl Stadium, where they beat Baylor 45-38 on Oct. 9.
Northwestern, which is playing a third straight bowl game for the first time in program history, hasn't won one since 1949.