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Williams: Tech's task: Beat Bears or bust

The Red Raiders need to close the regular season on an upbeat note, for their own sake and everyone else's.

Posted: November 18, 2012 - 11:44pm  |  Updated: November 19, 2012 - 1:17am

As a nationally televised game on Thanksgiving weekend, Texas Tech versus Baylor ought to make for entertaining football for viewers with or without a rooting interest. One’s No. 1 in passing offense, the other No. 2 in total offense.

Make no mistake, though: Tech can’t settle for entertaining when winning needs to be essential right now.

For all the hope built with a 6-1 start — particularly the way Tech routed West Virginia, then regarded as a juggernaut in the making — the Red Raiders are giving back a lot of the goodwill over the last month.

A 59-21 loss Saturday at Oklahoma State was tough to stomach on all fronts. It marked the third time in the last five games Tech has given up 50 or more points, one being a triple-overtime affair. So the defense, while better than last year, has come up short of a level the Red Raiders thought back in mid-October they might reach.

There’s this disturbing trend, too: Saturday was the eighth time in the last 13 conference games for the Red Raiders to score no more than 24 points. So while Tech has the No. 1 passing offense in the nation, the Red Raiders are only seventh out of 10 for scoring offense in Big 12 games only, which is what really counts.

Saturday’s game got out of hand mostly from the unintended consequence of game planning to contain OSU’s Joseph Randle, the Big 12’s leading rusher. Gearing up to stop Randle was a sound plan, what with Randle being a two-time 1,000-yard rusher and Tech struggling lately to stop the run.

The Red Raiders had safety Cody Davis aggressively supporting the run and short passes, dared OSU to beat them deep, and that’s what happened.

The Cowboys deserve a hat tip for that.

But letting them block two punts? That just makes a team look silly.

That’s the kind of thing that turns fans surly. Tech faithful have shown loyalty this season, breaking the home attendance record, at least gauged by ticket sales. At the same time, there hasn’t been much to get excited about the last four weeks with the Red Raiders losing three times and needing a yeoman effort to outlast one-win Kansas. They’re stumbling toward the finish line again, not gaining steam.

Some of that has to do with who’s not suiting up anymore.

Tech’s swoon coincided with the loss of three of the team’s top receivers, a potentially difference making defensive tackle and a tide of injuries in the secondary.

Only the irrational folks believe the Red Raiders should be doing just fine without a Jace Amaro, a Javon Bell, a Bradley Marquez, a Terrance Bullitt, a Cornelius Douglas. Not having the first three guys narrows the Neal Brown playbook. Not having Bullitt hurts leadership. Douglas might have made a difference when Texas and Oklahoma State kept beating the Red Raiders deep.

On a similar note, not a lot of people pegged Tech to be bowl eligible by Oct. 20 and have seven wins going into its regular-season finale.

The Red Raiders stand a chance to do better, going 8-4 if they beat Baylor on Saturday. It’s no gimme, not with the Bears having just proven their mettle with an upset of previously unbeaten Kansas State. Even with a worse record, Baylor’s a two-point favorite.

But the Red Raiders need to close the regular season on an upbeat note, for their own sake and everyone else’s.

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Conference

5 - 4 conference if TT wins, 4 - 5 if TT loses. Non-conference games shouldn't count squat...unless you are playing ranked teams.

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Irrational

What is most irrational is that you have mirrored everything that Tech has done wrong. You were lock step with the Admin and the Craig James side of ESPN in harming a good coach who was not a suck up tool. That harm continues insofar as player abuse allegations are low hanging fruit because of the Craig James BS and accompanying distortions the AJ participated in.

And you took the party line with each of the BS blame games with the coordinators and other OL and DL coaches no longer on staff. You took record breaking losses in casual stride last year, a mirror image of Tubs.

You lost credibility for irrationally thinking area readers believe anything you write or say. We are just stuck with you. Read Kirk Bohls for a decade, an example of how to be a journalist and not a good ole boy 3rd rate mouthpiece for those giving you the "access" that let's you think you one up others somehow. And that's why you never liked Leach, he did not live the good ole boy way. And so with him, you were just a guy that was all about that, not really a journalist.

In the next regime, the local overhaul should be as wide as possible, for everyone's sake.

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Really?

To use the SNL skit, really? Really DW? Are you going to be one of those saying Tubs exceeded expectations by becoming bowl eligible? Will you be that person, should Tech beat hungover Baylor and an uninspired bowl opponent, who will then say 9-4 means Tech is starting its path toward big time next level football under Tubs?

Most of the fans are not that stupid. We know what we see. We know that Iowa State's QB was awful v. Tech, literally fumbling away the game in an open field where no defender was close. We know they switched QBs the next week to whup TCU in Fort Worth, but we also know TCU had just lost its star QB Paschal, after already losing their star RB and then losing a star DE. Tech caught TCU the next week, and is not better than TCU as of November.

WVU win was remarkable, but not all world. Fans know if Tech finishes 9-4, only mouthpieces like you will say it was proof that things are headed in the right direction. Oh, you'd probably say "it wasn't always pretty, but fighting through adversity is how you get to the next level!" Something they want you to say for an entire distortional off season where things like credit card theft are brushed aside and downplayed.

Arkansas is a pretty place to retire, please look into it, for everyone's sake.

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Now, Now, Lodotx

How dare you suggest that Coach X couldn't tolerate Williams' mindless questions pertaining to injuries (excuses) and recruiting. Or to suggest that Williams is a confirmed lap dog who never questioned Chancellor/Inner Circle requirements that Coach X sign a confession for acts not committed. (Insubordination) There are 5,371 additional examples of Williams' conduct.

Williams made the decision a long time ago that his spot 2nd in line at the Club Level buffet was the most important thing in his book.

But Lodo, there will be no removal of the Regime. As long as Ricky Perry is King, these astonishingly egotistical sovereign tyrants who demonstrate the ability to cheat their employees in broad daylight will remain in place. Hance, et. al., without end. Amen. Amen.

The possibility of Hance and his cronies "stepping in" to unload Tubs is zero. Because to fire Tubs is to admit you did the wrong thing in cheating Coach X and the fan base out of Coach X's job; and that the hiring of Tubs was also an error. It is impossible for these arrogant thugs to admit a mistake.

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Only an irrational author

Only an irrational author would write about injuries and not explain the term "lack of developed depth chart"

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What a load...

Don't know why we should expect anything different from DW. "beat bears or bust"?! Are you serious? Bust does not depend on the outcome of this game, that has already been established! Call it what it is man!!

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Master of understatement

"It's no gimme" ???

That, my friends, is some hard-nosed opinionating.

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no wonder

no wonder tech plays patsies for non-conference games.

one ounce of pride & they would declare themselves not worthy of a bowl this year.

but Hance needs that almighty dollar, so..........

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@no wonder

Bowl revenues are split in the big 12, TTU still gets it's cut even if they don't play in one....for the seniors, if a bowl bid is rendered, take it. Remember this is a game played by the kids who put time and effort into the game, let em have their fun! Look past the tubs and hance aspect, oh it make for a good read, but don't forget the kids who actually play the game!

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And the hancers are hiding with the crickets

I guess you gotta do what you gotta do, DW. What about the lie in the post game press conference? Oh, that never happened, Jason. You didnt see that, remember you took some medicine for your tooth and you passed out. Must of dreamed it, its no longer on youtube. 59-21? Why its Leach's fault, he left the cubboard bare. But hes been gone for three years. Yeah, see how much damage he did on purpose? And look what a mess he made of the WSU program, they were picked to be number 1, skippy. Oh, sorry.

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since TTU lost

7 of the last 13 conf games by 20 or more (and 5 by 30 or more) ... and our D is awful (never was "improved" ... that's just OOC and ISU) ... I see a BAY win, and it prob won't be close.

I'll give DW credit for one thing. Over the last two weeks, he has pointed out what I've been saying all along ... the O is a shell of its former self. Top 10 passing due to dinks and dunks in OOC games. At least DW has noted our "new normal" of 20+ PPG.

As to our O, there are 3 parts (running game, vertical passing, and short passing), and we are proficient in only 1 of the 3. Other the 1-2 games, didn't seem to be major issue in protection.

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Tubby Will Fire Brown

Tuberville will fire OC Brown at the end of the season to keep his own job, unless Tubs goes to Arkansas or Tenn first. Either way, things will stay the same in Lubbock, the Hub of the South Plains (the only part of the wheel that doesn't turn...)

Don't get me wrong. I love Lubbock. But love never changes the facts...

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Here's the answer

Why don't we just fire Tubberville and find another coach that we can fire again in three years and then do it all over again and again. Yes, let's keep it up until we find a coach that can bring us the national championship within the three years. Then, and only then, we will keep that coach longer than three years. If we just throw enough mud something will stick.

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Areyoukidding

Rumor has it that at one time we had a coach longer than three years at some time. You might want to check on that and see what happened there.

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@areyoukidding

In order to fire a coach, you have to have a coach. All tech has is the clown Hance hired before firing Leach.

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Here's another answer

Why don't we just fire Tuberville and find another coach that isn't an unrepentant LIAR? Let's keep it up until we find a coach who has a moral compass and sets a good example for the University's student body instead of dragging the Red Raider's reputation any lower, if that's possible.

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areyoukiddingme,

I have a better idea, why don't you tell us why he should keep his job after 3 years? Here's your chance man, the stage is yours. Drink another glass of kool aide and commence typing.

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The Leachers Posted this on their FB site, hence the comments

Whether Tuberville succeeds or fails it doesn't change the fact that Mike Leach was fired for insubordination and isn't (and never will be) invited back to Texas Tech in any capacity. He's currently at Washington State where he has managed to have more allegations of player abuse, taken that team to even worse depths than where it was, and has students, fans, and parents at WSU not wanting their kids near the football program.

As for the story, I agree Tech needs this win badly and so does Tuberville. Last week against OSU was pathetic. We put up with these types of games while Leach was here because our fanbase had such low expectations that 8-4 every year seemed championship caliber. Tuberviile needs to meet and beat 8-4 or he is going to be run out of town.

At least if he leaves, he's recruited so well that the next few years Tech will be stocked with talent. It's too bad the Pirate was such a terrible recruiter from 2007-2009 or maybe this years team would have an opportunity to win 11 or 12 games instead of 8 or 9.

Regardless, I support Texas Tech and our players. All you Leachers being sent here to post comments from your Facebook site should probably be focused more on the trainwreck your hero has created at Washington State instead Tech's Bowl Team.

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The Leachers Posted this on their FB site, hence the comments

Whether Tuberville succeeds or fails it doesn't change the fact that Mike Leach was fired for insubordination and isn't (and never will be) invited back to Texas Tech in any capacity. He's currently at Washington State where he has managed to have more allegations of player abuse, taken that team to even worse depths than where it was, and has students, fans, and parents at WSU not wanting their kids near the football program.

As for the story, I agree Tech needs this win badly and so does Tuberville. Last week against OSU was pathetic. We put up with these types of games while Leach was here because our fanbase had such low expectations that 8-4 every year seemed championship caliber. Tuberviile needs to meet and beat 8-4 or he is going to be run out of town.

At least if he leaves, he's recruited so well that the next few years Tech will be stocked with talent. It's too bad the Pirate was such a terrible recruiter from 2007-2009 or maybe this years team would have an opportunity to win 11 or 12 games instead of 8 or 9.

Regardless, I support Texas Tech and our players. All you Leachers being sent here to post comments from your Facebook site should probably be focused more on the trainwreck your hero has created at Washington State instead Tech's Bowl Team.

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wazoo

I can't believe you're bagging on the current team for playing patsies in non-conference.

Mike Leach only went to bowl games half of his time here because of the four patsie games he specifically scheduled himself. Leach was only above .500 in conference 4 times out of his 10 seasons here, so without all the patsies he scheduled he wouldn't have gone to bowls all those years.

Take all the shots you want at the current team and players if you're the type of individual to do that sort of thing. But unless you think Leach is a gutless clown for scheduling all the patsies that he built his career on, you Leachers should probably leave that issue alone. Just sayin'.

And PS: Looks like Leach needs to schedule 12 patsies if he wants to win more than 2 games a season, haha. What a MESS he's created at WSU.

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Oh no Don!!!

Team Leach is organizing against you on their Facebook site!!! All three of them are really coming after you! Run away!!!

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@TxRed

Agree, it's getting really ugly in Pullman.

After Leach went off the deep end at the end of the 2008 season I think he was past the point of recovery. They'll probably keep him at WSU another year unless this latest abuse allegation does him in, but I'll bet by the end of next year they'll be trying anything they can to get rid of him.

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See the irony

You get the janitor (the newbie), 99classttu (the paranoid) who posts only about these conspiracies by team leach (a dead organization) and txred who always follows 99classttu around. And they've all showed up (again) to make this about Team Leach or just about Mike Leach period (a coach that has been gone for three football seasons). Hey guys give us an opinion on Coach Tubervilles postgame lie. His conference record since 2010. Your prediction for the Baylor game. You wont because tou already know the answers to all three. Youre pathetic, probably disgruntled ex team leach members who found out that leach didnt give a crap about you. Well Im sure Tuberville doesnt either. Youre pathetic.

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Janitor - what a joke!

All these people that keep blaming Leach for his classes from 2007-2009. HEY! Who chased these recruits off? Glasgow and Willis and Tu[filtered word] It's their fault they had nothing to work with!

And we out up with it due to low expectations under Leach? Leach didn't routinely get blown out like this and look completely incompetent like they do now!

And why do we think Tuberville has recruited so well? His recruiting classes are vastly overrated and these recruits are hardly stepping up to be difference makers in large part, save for a couple of them!

Tuberville is also dreadful at developing talent and it's painfully obvious now! He needs to go!

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What about......

Anybody got Kliff Kingsbury's number? Or I hear Sonny Dykes is familiar with the area....

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Non conference games

I think it's relevant to bring up Leach in the talk of non conference games. It's a fact, he advocated weak non con opponents. He felt like with the Big 12 schedule that it was important to have the easier early season games. Ole Miss, NC State and Ohio State were games scheduled not on his watch. He got TTU out of other tougher games when there was no penalty involved.

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Tubs hire

Also, it's laughable and a little scary that some people think Tubs was really hired before Leach was fired. If that's true, someone tell some of the power brokers on the BOR as they worked hard to try and get a deal done with Art Briles but were stymied by his enormous buyout clause. Really people, don't let facts mire your agenda.

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RE: Mike Leach

So called "abuser" - maybe another prima donna, knowing Leach's past, wanted revenge for being benched, and knew how to smear his reputation? (Kinda like the James kid - not enough playing time).

Why don't you Leach haters wait until the investigation's report?

Ever think of that?

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Jjones

Conference record, lied in the post game presser after the Kansas game. Leach had a much better conference record, always had a home winning record and went to a bowl game every year he was coach, you know, since you think hes relevant.

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From the dictionary

PRIMA DONNA: "a vain or undisciplined person who finds it difficult to work under direction or as part of a team."

Part of a team?

Reference: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prima%20donna

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