Tubby Smith may be on the verge of naming the first assistant on his first coaching staff at Texas Tech.
Alvin "Pooh" Williamson, who has spent time as an assistant at Texas A&M, SMU and, most recently, TCU was spotted on Tech's campus today and is expected to join Smith's staff.
Williamson coached at A&M for four seasons under Mark Turgeon and helped lead the Aggies to four NCAA Tournament at-large bids.
At A&M, Williamson coached current NBA star DeAndre Jordan (Clippers).
Williamson, 39, played for Smith at Tulsa in the 1990s.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t divulge too many details when speaking about his team’s upcoming scrimmage in Midland, which will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grande Communications Stadium.
The event is free to the public.
Kingsbury said there will be about 100 plays run, “give or take 20,” but said there wasn’t a set amount of snaps determined for any particular quarterback or unit.
“We’ll just play,” he said. “We’ll play it out and see how we’re doing and go from there. I don’t have a set number.”
Though he’s been billed as an offensive guru, Kliff Kingsbury hasn’t become too discouraged this spring when he sees his offense turn the ball over.
In his mind, that means a defense that struggled mightily to produce takeaways last season is moving in the right direction.
The Red Raiders were 118th out of 120 bowl championship subdivision teams in producing turnovers in 2012, coming up with only 11 all season.
Under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech freshmen are restricted from speaking with the media.
Davis Webb, though, is letting his performance speak for him, according to his coach.
Webb, who graduated a semester early from Prosper High School, has impressed coaches with his attention to detail and his eagerness to learn.
Here are some links, tidbits and thoughts on the hiring of Tubby Smith:
*After 19 days (it seemed longer, right?) Texas Tech named its new basketball coach Tuesday, 61-year-old Tubby Smith.
Texas Tech co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach Eric Morris couldn't keep his eyes from lighting up Wednesday when he discussed the playmakers that the Red Raiders added to the program on National Signing Day.
The former Tech receiver, one of six former Red Raiders on the current staff, believes there are a number of players who have the chance to make an impact in what he termed will be a "wide open" offense.
By: Anonymous on January 15, 2013 - 8:32pm - Add new comment
Center Cokie Reed and guard Chelsea Bass will not play for Texas women's basketball team again because of medical conditions, the Associated Press reported Tuesday evening.
Here's an excerpt from the report:
"In a statement, Reed said she was retiring with exercise-induced hypertension. The senior is one semester from graduation."
By: Anonymous on January 7, 2013 - 4:33pm - Add new comment
After splitting its first two games to open Big 12 Conference play, the Texas Tech women's basketball team received some recognition from the outside world on Monday.
The Lady Raiders received a whopping two votes in the most recent AP Top 25 poll, putting them at No. 36 in the eyes of the voters.
Tech upset then No. 13 Oklahoma State on Wednesday, 64-59, and lost to Iowa State, 58-54, to begin league play.
Baylor, which whipped the Cowgirls, 83-49, on Sunday, became the new No. 1 after Notre Dame upended previous top dog Connecticut.
Following his team's 85-57 win against Texas Tech on Saturday night, Arizona coach Sean Miller was asked what the late Rick Majerus, who passed away Saturday, meant to the college basketball community.
Here's what Miller had to say:
For this week's "The Other Side" segment, we caught up with Kansas beat writer Austin Meek from the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Here's what Austin had to say about the Jayhawks ...
It was no secret it would take Charlie Weis time to get things turned around for the Jayhawks, but they seem to be improving. What is the perception of Weis and Lawrence and the direction he's moving the program?