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Texas Tech's Ronnie Daniels tries to break a tackle during spring practice. Daniels was dismissed from the Red Raiders on Wednesday for a violation of team rules. (Zach Long)

Daniels kicked off Tech team

Posted: March 28, 2012 - 12:14pm  |  Updated: March 29, 2012 - 12:19am
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Texas Tech's Ronnie Daniels tries to break a tackle during spring practice. Daniels was dismissed from the Red Raiders on Wednesday for a violation of team rules.  Zach Long
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Texas Tech's Ronnie Daniels tries to break a tackle during spring practice. Daniels was dismissed from the Red Raiders on Wednesday for a violation of team rules.
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Texas Tech sophomore running back Ronnie Daniels has been kicked off the team for a team rules violation, according to an announcement Wednesday. Daniels will not be reinstated, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal.

Wednesday’s action was the third taken against Daniels in seven months. He was suspended at the beginning of last season, then played in the second game of the year after being reinstated. The next week, he was suspended again, this time for the season.

Beal said Tech coach Tommy Tuberville will not comment on the dismissal.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Daniels was the second-leading rusher in the Red-Black Game on Saturday, carrying 16 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. He was the leading rusher in the scrimmage before that.

Though Daniels had generated a buzz among Tech fans, Red Raiders offensive coordinator Neal Brown said Saturday that Daniels would come out of spring as the fifth choice at running back, behind Eric Stephens, Kenny Williams, DeAndre Washington and SaDale Foster.

Brown said Daniels needed to get into shape, improve his pass blocking and alter his upright running style to take fewer hits.

Tech’s top three running backs all have question marks: Stephens and Washington are coming off knee surgeries, and Williams was withheld from the spring game in the wake of a recent arrest. Brown said Stephens is ahead of Washington in rehabilitation.

Brown said February signee Quinton White, a 5-8, 188-pound running back from College Station A&M Consolidated, will get consideration to play as a true freshman.

“Quinton White will figure in,” Brown said, “because he’s physically ready. He’s a guy that can be a threat in the passing game, too. He’s 190 pounds, so from a physical standpoint, he’ll be able to do it right away.”

Daniels was a career 7,000-yard rusher in high school at Albuquerque (N.M.) La Cueva.

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The Wheels Have Fallen Off ....

This program has completely fallen apart due to the lack of discipline and accountability within this organization.

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Tubs=zero good vibes

Two headlines today. 1)Tubs is trying to wrangle out of a lawsuit. 2) One of his prize recruits has failed to deliver as Tub's promised when he was signed.

Boy...Tubs sure is bringing attention to the program!!

Just not in the way alumni expects......contrast that to Gillespie. His team stunk this year, but he didn't make excuses or try to shift the blame to others. I have confidence he will get the men's program turned around.

I don't get that feeling with Tubs. I'm sure he will work hard to get the team turned around though. I mean he even skipped the last two spring practices this week to play golf in Florida...........

Please...Hocutt--ship him back to the SEC sooner rather than later.

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Golf over Tech football

Tubby is easing into retirement.

Coaching at Tech is the next best thing.

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One player that has been

One player that has been suspended for his entire college career is not going to make or break our season. Just saying.

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Another chapter in the Book

Another chapter in the Book of Kent Hance follies.

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Pick 'Em

Man, that Tubs has really great judgement!

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The Air Raid will be back

It is hard to be optimistic about the RB situation. No matter how bad Tubbs wants to run the ball, he may have to pass it next year. If you thought cornerback was thin, RB's may be thinner.

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here's how to judge

* Pre-SWC records don't matter, b/c the Border Conference was not exactly top-notch football. * Leach (who isn't coming back) won 65% of his conf games when the conference was composed of state schools, w/ the exception of BAY. * Spike won 55%, although he played largely poor private schools in half his conf games (BAY-SMU-TCU-RICE, as opposed to UT, A&M, etc.). Spike was signficantly under 50% v. state schools in conf. * Tubs is 5-12 for 29%. He needs 10 straight conf wins to match Spike and 18 straight to match Leach.

Some blame Tubs' record on Leach, despite returning ~16 starters and Leach's last TTU team holding 6 of last 7 opponents to 21 or less (Alamo Bowl doesn't count, Leach didn't coach it). Some (all?) of us wish for conf titles and NC's. I believe such are unattainable at TTU, and believe that Leach's record was spectacular, given the handicaps. Others say "Leach never won anything," although I'll argue that top 25 rankings in 4 of last 5 years was "winning." Unfortunately, it will probably be 10-20 years before some of the anti-Leachers look back and say, "wow, that was as good as it ever gets," when referecing the Leach era. Would love to be proven wrong. For those of you who offer TCU as a blueprint, may I suggest two differences - TCU has admin support and is located in DFW, not Lubbock.

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@Raider Alum

Just to correct you he was the third ranked running back.....in our 2011 class behind Kenny Williams and DeAndre Washington.

Pretty bad y'all have to come on here and attack Tuberville for this. It is RD's fault, I wish him well and hope he can straighten his life out because that is significantly more important than anything he could do on the football field. He was given a second chance and failed I am glad the staff did what they did.

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Articles

Under the Hance/Tuberville regime, the football newspaper articles appear to be 60 percent negative about the team (Big losses, losing season, etc.), 20 percent about Tuberville and his personal problems (family accidents, investment scams, etc.) and 10 percent about team problems.

This is not what football is supposed to be about.

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feaco and thrash

Right on Feaco, well put. The stories have been lacking. Today is the busiest TT footbal newsday in a few days now.

Thrash, you are on the money brother. But you and I both know the Air Raid won't be in the Jones until we schedule you know who from the PAC12. Those chumps couldn't spell Air Raid if you spotted 'em everything but the A.

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Tubs in over his head

From the start, Tubs has been so confused and unable to do anything that it is just pitiful. Never have I seen so many assistant coaches come and go. Never have I seen so many players be moved to different positions. Every day I read where he is moving a player to a different postition for which he is better suited. Tubs was either wrong in having them in the previous spots are is wrong now in moving them. Either way, it shows his confusion and inability to put players where they can contribute the most. What he has done best is get a bunch of players injured. That too is something that I have never seen so much of. Any way you cut it, Tubs is in over his head, washed up and can no longer compete. He needs to go.

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Man, what a dumpster fire.

While I applaud Tommy for cutting Daniels, can we also cut Tommy.

No way Tommy recovers from all his "legal" problems as well as the football team being in shambles.

Hey Kingsbury, this season in the SEC is your chance to prove that you belong back in Lubbock as HC of Texas Tech University.

You've done well at UH, pick it up a notch in the SEC and the Red Raider faithful will welcome you with open arms. That is unless we somehow pry Dana away from West Virginia.

Dana, Sonny, Kliff have to be licking their chops right about now.

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Correct call

If the player is breaking team rules over and over again then I really don't have a problem with him being kicked off the team. The team will be fine without the distraction. Tubberville is not over his head and it is ignorant to even suggest firing him. Come on people! We had a poor season. Many programs do. Have a little faith that things really can get better.

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Winning

I don't care if you are in the top 25 for ten years in a row, if you never play for much less win a conference championship, you do not have a winning program. Give it a rest. You guys have gotten so use to mediocrity that you wouldn't know success if it bit you in the butt.

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Kingsbury

I too thought that would be a good fit, but someone brought up a good point. ANYONE associated with Coach Leach will never be brought in to coach. For good or bad, political or not, it is what it is.

@nashville raider-I agree that "mediocrity" can creep up and subdue many, however 99% of teams build themselves up by having "mediocre" seasons until they get past the hump and become "winning programs". Examples: OSU, Oregon, Penn State, West Virginia, Texas, TCU, etc. They never were just dominant programs off the bat. They had several years of alternating between "winning" programs and mediocrity, back to elite. The main common factor with these schools is they have an administration AND university body backing them 100%.

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GOOD RIDDANCE

Good riddance on showing Daniels the door.Get rid of him now before you have to really depend on him.He evidently is no better than last week's garbage.

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wow! Tha wheels have fell off?

get serious people! Players get dismissed from teams every year and jus because 1 player gets dismissed doesnt mean the program is out of control. Alot of guys mess up and they are gone immediately but he had 3 chances but he still was doin things that got him n trouble. So good luck 2 him now to see what will happen with these other 2 boneheads. Gotta follow the rules guys and dont do nothin stupid!

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@redraider07

So are you saying that Tubbs deserves at least ten years to build a program? No other serious program in the country has done that like TTU did during the Dykes and Leach eras. If Tubbs doesn't get it done in the next year or two, then it will be time to make a change. We don't need another ten years like we gave Leach. Way to frustrating.

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Nashville you have to

Nashville you have to understand that these dudes think that Tech can do no better than what Leach did. It's a load of crap, claiming that we are out here in Lubbock and "gawleee, its the best we caan dew." I don't believe that small town crap for a minute, most of the successful schools are in towns with a population of less than 100k and most are 100+ miles away from a metropolis. Tech can do better than what Leach did, if Tuberville can't do it then Tech will find another coach.

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RRFL

My point exactly. I'm tired of the loser mentality that the Leachers have. The biggest fear that they have is for Tubbs or anyone else to come in here and have more success than Leach. Lets be honest. The bar is really not that high.

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Realism and These Posts

There are many naysayers today pertaining to Tuberville. Some posters categorically state that "Leechers" yearn for the failure of the program.

May I say:

1. The Mike Leach years were the best in the history of the program by any measure. I was (am) a Mike Leach fan. And I root for Tuberville's teams every time. Without fail.

2. I enjoyed watching Leach teams play--I enjoyed the swagger. I remember walking around in Seaworld San Diego one day and a young lady came up and while admiring my Tech ball cap said: "That's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen." She was from Eugene, Oregon. Had never been to Lubbock. At the time, our football team had a record of 9-0. And I root for Tuberville's teams every time.

3. I observe posts here that indicate displeasure with the program. But 80% or more specify displeasure with the leadership at Tech--leadership based on politics all day every day. These posters don't cite the coach--a coach who has an excellent track record. I root for Tuberville's teams every time.

Oral Roberts said: "Expect a Miracle."

And folks, we need one.

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Recruiting?

The one thing Tuberville's apologists could point to as his supposedly having done well in Lubbock was recruiting. Well, signing a prospect does not count if he does not play. Several prospects have left the program for various reasons in the last two years, and at least two more are publicly known to be at risk now because of felony charges. Then in the fall we will have the arrival of a new class composed almost fifty percent of junior college players. It will be interesting to see the drop out, kick out, and arrest rates for that bunch. As an aside, I don't know what this player did to get kicked off the team, but I wonder if it was as bad as fronting for a ponzi scheme that robbed people who trusted him of their life savings. Let's hope not. We would not want anybody doing that sort of thing associated with our university.

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Same baloney

It will be amazing to read the excuses next season. Texas Tech's failure to reach a bowl will be blamed on a thin depth chart at RB. Imagine that? Tech is a mess no matter how much spin Hance et al put out there.

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Enough

The Leach talk needs to stop. He's gone. He had ten years to win and he never did it. The best year we had under Leach we went 11-1 and lost in the Cotton Bowl to Ole Miss. That year actually turned out to be a massive disappointment. The very next year, we slipped back into mediocrity. After ten years and that being the best you can do, then it's time for you to go. Tubs shows promise. His recruiting has been phenomenal. We have more talent than we've probably ever had. Let's watch it all come together now. There's a chance Tubs won't get it done, but I want to win championships. I'm sick of settling for mediocre bowls (which is what Leach always took us to). It was time for a change and I'm still optimistic Tech will reach a level of success we've never seen before.

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Tubbs is the problem

The Tubbutt supporters are the main people who keep bringing up Leach. I suppose because diverting the topic is the only defense they have for what Tubbutt has done at Tech. I loved it when Leach was here and hated to see him go. However, I fully understand that he is gone and will not be back. With that said, I was not excited about Tubberville coming, mainly because I live right in the middle of SEC country and knew a little about him already. So far, he is proving to be every bit the loser I was afraid he would be. I want to win conference and national championships as much as anyone and am quite certain that "talking" about doesn't get you one iota closer. Good coaches improve on whatever they put their hands on. Please name one stat that Tubberville has improved since he arrived??? Hoycut was handed Tubberville, but it is time for him to step up and get rid of the "has been" , salesman, loser. Hire anyone that can come in and fire up this program. I don't care if they throw it, run it or dribble it into the end zone. I just want to see exciting football and not hear anymore excuses!

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@redraider87

You are correct. The only defense the Hancers has is to belittle Leach. Leach is gone and won't be back.

Personally, I think Tuber will resign for personal or family reasons before the next disastrous season. Unfortunately hancenwill find someone equally as bad to replace him.

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Lying Leachers

yes, I understand that your lying idol would have welcomed a player with character issues, but lying like a Leacher is still lying. Spike had a better BigXII record than Leach. This is not an opinion, it is a fact.

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To minimize Leach's

To minimize Leach's accomplishments and label him as mediocre is ridiculous. This is a man who never had a losing season while at Texas Tech even though every other Big 12 team did, including UT. During his tenure, TTU steadily grew in national recognition, prestige, and productivity. He came into a program that had historically had been the step-child of the SWC and then the Big 12. It took years to start convincing top recruits even to think about TTU, but he was getting there. In the meantime, he did what great coaches do...he found less media-heralded recruits and made good to great players out of them. TTU started winning bowl games rather than losing them, and TTU was a national brand that people around the country found exciting, fun, and entertaining. What we have since Tuberville arrived is losses, excuses, embarrassments, and promises. None of that "charm" and "salesman" speak is going to change the facts: TTU has had its first losing season in more than a decade, did not make a Bowl game (I would have settled for mediocrity and a post-season), and has teams decimated by attrition. I don't know know how he can right this rapidly sinking ship, but we have to face the facts: the job he had done this far is p*#@ poor. As the head coach, wasn't he ultimately responsible for the terrible defensive coordinators and problems that the team has had? After all, he was allegedly the defensive genius. Coming from Arkansas, I would think that he could take the "sow's ears" (the defense)

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@nashvilleraider

I think you're misinterpreting what I've written. I never said "Tubberville deserves 10 years". I was simply saying our administration won't make a move to bring a resemblance of the Leach era back to Tech.

Now do I believe that it will take 10 years to build Tech to a powerhouse? Probably. Look at OSU for example. They weren't much of a threat until after Miles left, and Sugar Daddy Pickens stepped up. It's been around what, 7 years for Gundy? Can it happen in Lubbock? Yes. If you can win NC's in Lincoln, you can anywhere. Lubbock's location has nothing to do with that. I have no idea how anything I posted above would have caused that interpretation, but you're entitled to your views.

I don't know if Tubbs is the answer. It doesn't "feel" right with him on the sidelines and I'm not happy with the current state of the team, but let's not just fire him for firing's sake. There are teams that hung on to their coach and did well. Look at Auburn for example. They were ready to fire Chizik. They kept him. Look at what happened. LSU was/is ready to fire Miles after every season but look at what they accomplish. I know there's vast differences between Tech and the above programs but my point is we NEVER know what the future will bring. The future may be with Tommy building the foundation and a new up and coming coach will take over. It could be Tommy being canned after the next two seasons and a "no-name" coach comes in and kicks butt. I/we just don't know. Time will have to tell.

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