Texas Tech assistant recently turned down chance to go back to the NFL

Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith said Wednesday that newly hired Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine offered him a job as the Browns’ linebackers coach, but Smith declined.

“I think everybody’s thinking I’m out of my mind, but I love Tech,” Smith said. “There is no other place I’d rather be than here. If I was at any other job, I would have gone in a heartbeat.”

Member of Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44 list of the state's top prospects. . Named player of the year in Texas by The Associated Press. . Threw for 4,597 yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior with six interceptions. .

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Tech line coach ponders position switch for Le'Raven Clark

Texas Tech offensive line coach Lee Hays said Wednesday he’s had a conversation with Le’Raven Clark about possibly moving from left tackle to right tackle or back to guard, the position Clark played as a freshman.

Hays said Dominique Robertson, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound signee fromRiverside(Calif.)CityCollege, has played left tackle virtually his entire football life and was promised the chance to compete for the spot when he arrives at Tech. Robertson’s comfortable on the left side, and Hays has high hopes for him.

Tech coach views Wilson as prototype Raider outside linebacker

Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith confirmed on national signing day that he recruited Argyle safety Connor Wilson to fill the Raider outside linebacker position in the Tech defense. Smith said Wilson, who’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, has a frame that reminds him of Terrance Bullitt, the senior who started at Raider in 2013.

Straight-A student Cameron Batson didn't have any classes Tuesday, because wintry weather forced Millwood High School in Oklahoma City to close for the day.

February 4, 2014 - 7:26pm

Rangy Irving defensive back gives Texas Tech a positive surprise on signing day

Texas Tech had only one early signing day surprise, and it was a positive one. The Red Raiders added Michael Coley, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back prospect fromIrving. He was uncommitted going into Wednesday, having received scholarship offers at different times fromVanderbilt,LouisianaTech and UT-San Antonio.

Coley recently took an official visit to Tech.


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For months, Texas Tech had hoped to add more experienced offensive linemen to its recruiting class and the Red Raiders were successful in doing so on the last official visit weekend before national signing day.

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Denver left guard Zane Beadles says the presence of right guard Louis Vasquez in his first year with the Broncos has been unmistakable.

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