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 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.
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.
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.
Two days before the start of spring practice, Texas Tech on Wednesday announced the departure from the program of six players who had eligibility remaining.
Gone are DE Aundrey Barr, DE Cooper Washington, OLB Dion Chidozie, S Giorgio Durham, S Desmond Martin and S Russell Polk.
It appears likely that quarterback Scotty Young will be gone of his own volition from the Texas Tech football program before spring practice starts in mid-February. Young's status and rumors of his leaving the team have been the source of speculation for several days.
No one involved has confirmed it on the record, but signs are pointing to it.
Every year, there are hard-to-reach college football recruits. Believe it or not, not all 18-year-olds look forward to doing interviews.
They get bombarded enough with telephone calls from the coaches recruiting them. Finding time to keep reporters apprised of where they stand from week to week is more than some care to take on.
I know, for example, how defensive backs in District 11-2A feel chasing Dominique Wheeler.
When Crockett High School star Dominique Wheeler committed to Texas Tech last June, he changed his Twitter handle to TexasTech_28. Still, it doesn't hurt Red Raiders fans to have some reassurance.
Wheeler visited Baylor and Tech the last two weekends and had sounded on social media as if the Bears were a serious consideration.
He seems to have made up his mind, though, after he made this Twitter post late Tuesday: "TexasTech is where I belong and that's where I'm going. So no questions ask that's where I'll be next year.
Reginald Davis, the quarterback who led Tenaha to a state championship in December, was named the offensive player of the year on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 1A all-state team released Tuesday.
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Davis is committed to Texas Tech, where he's likely to be a receiver. This season, Davis completed 101 of 168 passes for 2,015 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also carried 172 times for 1,915 yards and 36 TDs.
He was voted offensive player of the year on 16 of 23 ballots.