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.
Patrick Mahomes II said he’s so used to playing with the left knee brace he’s worn for the past eight games that he doesn’t notice it. He’s not even sure if he could have done better without it. He ran 484 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season and leads the FBS in total offense at 397.3 yards per game.
HOUSTON -- Texas Tech’s situation seems to be a perfect storm of how not to prepare for LSU star Leonard Fournette in Tuesday's Texas Bowl. Fournette’s all-America credentials versus Tech’s 125th ranked rushing defense is mismatch enough on paper, but the Red Raiders also are working with a piecemeal young defensive staff after Kliff Kingsbury fired three assistants last month.
Davis Webb’s future is expected to be determined shortly after the Texas Bowl. The Toledo Blade reported this month that the Tech quarterback will follow new head coach Mike Jinks from Tech to Bowling Green, though Tech’s made no acknowledgment along those lines.
Webb was the Holiday Bowl offensive MVP two years ago and the starter the first eight games last season, but Patrick Mahomes II has held the job the last 16 games.
HOUSTON -- Texas Tech’s last practice Sunday for the Texas Bowl took place at Houston Methodist Training Center, the Houston Texans’ indoor facility right next to NRG Stadium.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said, with rain possible, he didn’t want to take chances.
“It’s our perfect-play Thursday (equivalent),” he said, “and we wanted to make sure it was crisp and clean.”
A series of posts of posts showed up Saturday on Texas Tech safety Derrick Dixon’s Twitter page indicating disenchantment with the program and frustration with a lack of playing time.
The same day the Red Raiders were beating Kansas State 59-44, Dixon’s account showed the following:
“Bro I want to play football again this school taking me for granted”;
“Tired of sitting back and watching knowing the talent that I have”;
“True freshman last year to not even traveling”;
“Say what you want to say but I’m not happy here”;
“This was suppose to be my year”.