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Texas Tech notes: Red Raiders to enjoy lengthy break before bowl practices begin

Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said his team will take about 12 days off before beginning bowl preparations on Dec. 7

Posted: November 26, 2012 - 5:19pm  |  Updated: November 27, 2012 - 1:20am
Texas Tech's Jace Amaro has not played since being injured against West Virginia. Red Raider coach Tommy Tuberville said Amaro's status for a potential bowl game is still unknown. (Scott MacWatters)  Scott MacWatters
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Texas Tech's Jace Amaro has not played since being injured against West Virginia. Red Raider coach Tommy Tuberville said Amaro's status for a potential bowl game is still unknown. (Scott MacWatters)
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The Texas Tech football team is looking forward to a much-needed break.

The Red Raiders haven’t had time off since their open date in the middle of September, so Tech coach Tommy Tuberville is going to give his players some time to catch their collective breath before beginning bowl preparations.

Tuberville said Tech’s bowl practices will start Dec. 7.

“I usually try to give them 10 or 12 days off,” Tuberville said during the weekly Big 12 coaches’ teleconference. “We don’t interfere with finals. I always try to get seven or eight practice days in before we go home. Any more than that is overkill.”

Tech will practice a couple days, Tuberville said, before breaking for final exams. After that, the team will try to get “five or six” practices in before allowing players to visit families for a few days. Then it’s off to a yet-to-be-determined bowl site, where Tech will have a few more practices before playing its final game of the season.

“We’re excited about it,” Tuberville said. “We didn’t get to play in a bowl game last year, only had five wins, so we’ll be practicing some of the younger guys. And even some of the starters that we have are still young, first-year players, and they also need a lot of practice time.”

Amaro loss painful

Tuberville on Monday said Texas Tech had “25 to 30 percent of our offense” taken away when sophomore tight end Jace Amaro went out with an injury on Oct. 13.

Amaro caught 23 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns in six games this season. His yardage total is third-most on the team despite his missing half the season.

But Tuberville said it hurt Tech in more areas than just the deep passing game.

“No. 1, he was the only tight end we had on the team,” Tuberville said. “To have a running attack with a tight end, he needed to be in there. He was much improved in his blocking from the first year to the second year. The target he made across the middle, a 6-foot-6 guy who can run and who one person can’t bring down, it just really put us in a tailspin because we had to do different things each week to make a short-yardage play.”

Tuberville said the Tech running game was further hampered by the loss of fullback Omar Ontiveros, who suffered a season-ending injury against Kansas State on Oct. 27.

“We pretty much lost our short-running game and our short-passing game in a matter of weeks,” Tuberville said. “It sure would have been great to have both of them.”

Asked whether Amaro, whose specific injury information has still not been released, would be available for the bowl game, Tuberville said he didn’t know.

“He’s having a scan this week,” the coach said. “This will be his third one. They said he was about 80 percent about three weeks ago. I think he’ll have a chance, but it’s too early to speculate on that. I sure hope so.”

Where will they bowl?

A number of bowl projections released over the weekend predict two likely destinations for Texas Tech.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and David Ubben and CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm all project the Red Raiders to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 in San Diego. At the top of the list of likely opponents in that game is Oregon State, according to a number of projections.

Brad Edwards of ESPN pegs Tech to appear in the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl (Dec. 28 in Houston) against Purdue, while Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel has Tech in the Meineke game against Minnesota.

The final weekend of Big 12 games could have a say in where the Red Raiders end up. If two league teams crack the Bowl Championship Series picture, it would open more spots in the Big 12’s allotted bowl spots for the league’s bowl eligible teams, of which there are nine. That is most likely to occur should Kansas State defeat Texas and Oklahoma beat TCU.

In that scenario, Kansas State would be the Big 12 champion and would play in the Fiesta Bowl. A win for Oklahoma would make the Sooners 10-2 and a likely candidate for an at-large BCS bid.

Tech is expected to find out its bowl destination on Sunday.

 

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Tight End

An injured athletic young tight end ruined 30% of Tech's offense.

My, how we have improved under Tubscuse!

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coach ?

who will be coaching the game if any bowl chooses us?

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imagine

Imagine a journalist asking Tubs whether it is a good idea to have so much of the offense dependent on one player.

Tubs needs freakish talent to succeed, like 3 first round NFL players in the same backfield with whom he still could not generate enough attention to play for a championship. He's more fit for underachieving UT. He has ZERO chance in Lubbock, plus he lies.

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The Key to Success.....

is, of course, an exorcism of the administative leadership at Texas Tech.

I suggest the rite be performed by The Reverend Billy Graham. Doctor Graham could start at the top and pay special attention to the Inner Circle. No females need be scrutinized--they did not do this to us.

I trust Doctor Graham to finally rid us of the people who brought down the wrath of our Maker on our program.

God bless Texas Tech.

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Can't help but chuckle...

Every time tubbs starts with the excuses. It's pitiful the media gives him a pass. “We didn’t get to play in a bowl game last year, only had five wins" .....tubbs you have no shame!!

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Kirby.....

Are you hearing what our Hillbilly Coach is spewing?

More garbage.....this is your area of responsibility, FIX IT!

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break

Enjoy What???!!!

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break

Enjoy What???!!!

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if we get to go what happens

if we get to go what happens if baylor or tcu win that would make us 7th place in the big 12. were does that project us. Why would we want to be embarrassed on national tv once again

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kenp - At least

we'd be embarrassed in front of a larger viewing audience, with bigger advertising bucks.

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Holiday Bowl

Anybody remember our trip to the Holiday Bowl? It was back when we were feared by the world.

Cal showed up ranked #4 with a hot shot quarterback named Aaron Rodgers.

Coach X called off the dogs with the score 45-17.

But I'm not worried, because the namesake of our chapel told us:

"We were fine before Coach X got here, and we'll be fine now that he's gone."

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100 percent of our brain power was taken away

When the Birther was hired.

All Tubs has is excuses. He has no solution to why we are now the worst team in the Big 12.

I thought teams were supposed to improve with each game. We are awful in the final five games. No excuses. Need a new coach.

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more pathetic excuses from Tubs

Ok Tommy ... so your "tight end" got hurt against WVU. When you came to Lubbock 3 years ago, you said you were going to add a tight end to the offense. We know you had one of the greatest talents in all of college football (the reason you came to Tech) already waiting for you and you moved him to the tight end .... well Tommy, last year he graduated. So you didn't think to go out and recruit any more tight ends??? The tight end makes up 25 - 30% of the offense and you forget to get a couple more??? WHO'S FAULT IS THAT TOMMY??? The coaching staff recruits and gives out scholarships. The fact that you didn't have a backup tight end ready IS YOUR FAULT. Ok, enough. Any idiot would know the tight end isn't even close to 25-30% of Tech's offense ... and we have other tight ends listed on the roster ... so this is just another PATHETIC Tuberville excuse for losing 4 out of the last 5 games and barely beating a horrible Kansas team in overtime.

But you couldn't stop there, could you Tommy boy. You then had to add another excuse on top of the tight end excuse and say you lost your whole short yardage running game when your fullback went down against K State. Tommy, you only had 1 fullback too? Who's fault is that??? Is that the real reason you slapped the headset and hat off a grad assistant on the sidelines against Kansas? Was it his fault you only had 1 tight end and 1 fullback ready to play??? Positions that you specially made a point to add so your offense would be more advanced and complete than your predecessors. Are you not a good enough coach to move one of the other 6 running backs on the roster to replace Ontiveros??? Ontiveros had 0 carries and 3 receptions for the season when he was injured ... so pretty much all he did was block ... you couldn't find someone on a football to BLOCK???

Over the course of time people's true character comes out. It has become very apparent that one of the main attributes of Tommy boy is that he is a PATHETIC EXCUSE MAKER. Let's all pray that Amaro and Oniveros can stay healthy through all of next season, cuz if they do Tommy guarantees Tech will win 10 games. Oh wait ... but we'll have a brand new QB to break in ... crap ...

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There is no quick fix.

I know most of you want to wish and think that Tuberville will be out, but he wont. He just got Tech bowl eligible. He had a winning season and his assistant coach Art Kaufman is being considered for the best assistant coach honor. I am sorry to say this but he won't be going anywhere, unless he decides to leave. You can kick and scream and hold your breath as long as you want but he has a good relationship with the University and the AD so unless he just really screws the pooch he will be here for next year.

Now, I want to get into the whole coaching carousal that most of you have created. Kingsbury, Dykes, Holgorson, etc. When Tuberville leaves which is a possibility sometime in the near future why would you choose these guys? The only coach that I would consider in this bunch is Dykes. I don't think Kingsbury would come back, and he'll be offered a lot more attractive offers than Tech can give. Holgorson is a laughing stock in the Big 12 right now, he had the best QB in the whole bunch and he can't even win 9 games. Why do most of you want Holgorson, you hammer Tuberville to the wall about his defense being horrible but you give Holgorson a break because he offense is so exciting to watch? Reading a lot of your comments makes me believe that most of you want a specific coach here only because of their offensive scheme, and by reading some of your comments they don't even have to finish in the top five of the Big 12 to be a candidate.

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Break

Why does this team need a longer break? They have had a three year break from real football under Tuberville. The people that need a break are the alumni, fans and supporters of Tech who have suffered under the Hance Tuberville regime for way too long.

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Yes FactsRFacts

I well remember the Holiday Bowl....as I recall we had Sonny Cumbie as quarterback. No one seems to mentioning his name when they talk about the coaching carousal. I don't think Holgerson would come back; seems funny to me that after his stint at Tech he would continue putting such a lousy defense on the field at WVU. I agree, I don't think Kingsbury would consider a head coaching job at his alma mater......I think he would be a good hire. Sonny Dykes.....maybe, if he could be convinced to leave LA Tech.

Anyone else see where Ruffin McNeil is 8-4 and 7-1 in their conference? We could have hired Ruff but no of course we had to get a "name" coach and get rid of anything connected to Leach.

How many more years do any of you out there think we'll have to continue putting up with Tubbs and his nonsense? 2014, 2015? If someone doesn't do something soon we'll be so far down we'll never climb back out.

I'm sick to death of Tubbs and his excuses. He reminds me of the last coach Texas had before Brown, John Mackovic. He stands there, comatose on the sidelines, no fire, no spirit, no emotion. When was the last time anyone saw him talking to his players on the sidelines, encouraging them, working with them in any respect? He doesn't connect with the kids and it shows.

As someone on this blog once wrote, "the nuclear winter in Lubbock continues."

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lengthy break before bowl

Love how we're all experts on how to win football games. Get over the former coach. He's no longer here. Yeah, he had a heck of an offense. Until Ruffin McNeil, not much defense. The year Tech was 11-2 they fell off considerably at the end of the year. Got smashed by Oklahoma, barely scraped by Baylor and lost the bowl game. He inherited a team from Spike Dykes that was already good enough to go to numerous bowl games and made them better on offense, but ignored defense. He scheduled easy wins for non-conference, that are still on the schedule. However, as we all know, they weren't always easy---or wins. I'm not saying his teams weren't fun to watch, but if championships are what you want, then defense and a running game are necessary. We also have to face the fact that he left any coach that followed with offensive skill talent, and even some defensive backfield talent, but little in the way of linemen and linebackers with the size AND speed to compete at a high level. Coach Tubberville has proven that he knows how to win championships. Remains to be seen if Coach Leach can make a winner out of a team that has been down for years. I hope he does. Maybe he will if he has learned that defense is needed, too. Injuries do make a difference---especially when a team is still trying to build a good group of reserves. Win or lose the bowl game, the 3 year records of wins and losses will be close.

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@RP,the only thing

tubbs has proven is that he is an expert in the field of excuse making! He has proven to be a liar! He has proven that he can't handle coaching in the big 12. He has been on the job 3 yrs and has eroded a once very competitive program. He promised championships and is NO where even close to delivering on that bs, he should be held accountable! He is going backwards and has nothing but excuses to support his non progress.

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@ Red Raider For Life

your comment has been ignored by the "fire Tubs club". Who's to say the coaches they are selecting as Tubs successor is going to get the job done? I said before the season started that WVU would not come close to winning the Big 12. Sonny Dykes more than likely will take a SEC job at the end of the season. Kliff Kingsbury should leave A&M after Johnny Manzel leaves because the more Johnny continue to grow as a legend the more Kliff stock goes up. We are stuck with Tubs for another year whether you like it or not.

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@Runninsked

I guess everyone seems to think that one thing could be a fix, but it is going to take time. The big 12 is highly competitive now. I'm not making excuses, I am just being real. The big 12 just set a record for 9 bowl eligible teams this year, not the SEC, PAC 12 or Big 10 have ever done this. Baylor is competing with us on recruits, OSU is always dangerous, and yet we continue to stay at around our normal spot in the conference at 5th/6th.

I think most of them think that someone can come in and have immediate success, yet we have to remember that we are Texas Tech. We can't take a blow like that and recover immediately like UT or OU could with talent or available coaching talent.

I don't have a remedy, I have an offense that I would like to see Tech run, and I also have the players that I would like to get here. But wish in one hand $hit in another, see which one happens first.

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Tuberville doesn't seem to know his personnel

I agree totally with all the comments on here ridiculing Tuberville about 30% of the offense is gone without a tight end and fullback. Hmmmm....it is his responsibility to develop backups behind these positions in case something does happen to them. Marsha Sharp won a National Championship because her backups knew they had to play hard and be ready to go in at any time....also, why is it we always hear that we lost games because of injuries over and over these past three years? I think most of us know that injuries are the nature of football and I really don't hear other teams blaming it always on injuries. Regardless, our school is quickly being left behind and once lowly ranked schools are passing us by.....yes, during these three years, the Fan Base was divided between Coach X and the new regime, however, it is now United once again - the Fan Base vs. Tuberville!

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Sick and tired

I find it hard to believe that all these people on here wanting Tubs to go are actually Tech "fans". I was as upset as anyone out there when Leach left....but I decided to wait and see what the players said and what the recruits said. Well, what do you know.....Leach had lost the respect of his players, and if anyone paid attention, they were not upset in the least that he was gone! Under Tubs, Tech has had some of the best recruiting classes ever, and we are getting recruits from all over now...it takes time to build a program, and a program with depth. Injuries are wreaking havoc with our team the last two years, which is precisely why depth is so important. Watching our recruiting and listening to what the recruits say about Tech and the coaching staff, gives me reason to be optimistic for what's ahead! I'm a true Tech fan, and I will support and root for whomever is in charge....because when you get down to it, you are really rooting for the players. They deserve our loyalty and support. Posting all this negative crap does nothing for our current players except run them down, and for sure does nothing to help a potential recruit feel good about our program. Wise up, and try to help the cause...not hurt it!

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Not one

Not one pro Tuberville comment, even from the Hancers.

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@gdog

You are not the only one sick and tired. I am sick and tired of the lousy people who try to relate Leach to Tuberville. Tuberville is a lousy coach and needs to be fired. This has nothing to do with Leach or J. T. King or Darryl Royal, It has to do with incompetent, lying Tuberville.

If firing Tuber this year sets Tech back two years, it is better to do it now rather than two years from now and then be 4 years back.

Hopefully Tuber can get a job in his precious Alabama. I understand that it is not against the law to drive and text in Alabama.

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@gdog...

You know who hurts the players? Tubbs, every time he cuts them down when he makes excuses. He is constantly preaching that he doesn't have the right personnel in place.....how the hell do you think the players on the team feel when they hear that crap? Tubbs is incompetent, a liar, and he has to be held accountable!

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No Brainer for Life

Essentially, you have been horribly wrong at every single turn. At least stick with your ridiculous position that Texas Tech fired a horrible coach and hired a winner who is taking Tech to the next level. That is the summation of everything you have said since 2009, so don't change now.

Leach, in the Texas Tech era at the time, took Tech upward to a position everyone enjoyed, except for a few special "special" idiots. Leach made Tech relevant and exciting. Leach stood for everything that was opposite of the good ole boy piece of crap that we have at the top of Tech today and atop our football team. Leach scared both UT and A&M because he began crafting Tech's unique identity, something that even exceeded the routine understudy role that each school had for Tech. Tubs returned us to that BS.

Who cares who wins or loses! The era of stupidity, ignorance, ineptitude and plutocracy is soon coming to an end. Tubs and ESPN are a perfect match, they should be reunited! Hance can retire and move to Austin.

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break before bowl

Wow!!! I thought you edited comments! Some of these "experts" are very good at name-calling, but not much else. Maybe, because they hide behind a false name? Some of the comments could border on slander in another venue. Oh yeah---false name--makes sense now.

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@LODOTX

Hmm, what did I predict a bowl game? Yep. I never liked Leach, that was and has been very apparent in most of my comments. Do I think that Leach is and was overrated? Yes, very! He broke records at Tech, but hardly made UT nervous, A&M sucked during those years so don't try to preach them up like they were a team. Neither was Baylor under Guy Morriss or Kevin Steele.

Didn't I say that I would at least give Tuberville 4 years before I call for his head? My support for him has been falling, but he has at least one more year to get it together. Can I not voice my opinion? I think you are mad because your brain is on repeat on insults to fans that actually support the team.

It is very easy to attract attention when you are putting up 400+ passing yards a game. He was the only coach in football spreading the ball out that much, did it actually get Tech anywhere relevant? No. Let me stop you before you say that rankings, 60 Minutes, Friday Night Lights, Pirate Quotes, and a bum New York Republican wash up count. I'm talking about BCS bowl games, Conference Titles after 10 years. If you want to compare coaches you can't. If Leach was so great why did Mike Gundy out recruit him, and beat him consistently, and beat him to a conference title and a BCS bowl game? OSU is the best example of the good ole boy system, they have a sugar daddy and yet they win every year. Is the good ole boy system your excuse why Leach couldn't produce a conference title?

Is Tuberville the answer? I dont know, but considering coaching backgrounds Tech did hire a winner. I never said he was going to win titles or whatever you are trying to say.

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@ Red Raider For Life

I agree. As much as Leach won, he didnt get tha chance to take us to a BCS Bowl. Every team except Tech & i think Baylor have played in a BCS bowl. Once T. Boone Pickens pulled out his checkbook, he helped make his alma mater into what they are today. The Leach Tragedy in 2009 killed all the steam within the football program. We're not a powerhouse school. Its hard to recover from that debacle. The program ended up broken. Tubs inherited a broken spirited program in my opinion. We have yet to to see the fruits of the "great" 2011 recruiting class. Next season they will be three years removed from high school with some of those recruits who didnt qualify coming from the JUCO ranks. These players should be mature they should benefit (on defense) from being coached by the same defensive coaches & knowing scheme. Offensively, Wheeler, R. Davis, Bell, Marquez, & Grant are our speed guys at receiver that will keep the opposing safeties out of the middle of the field. Amaro & E. Ward solidify this group making defenses have to pick their poison. We have a dual threat QB that is projected to start adding another dimension to the offense & it shouldnt be a reason why we cant easily move the ball downfield. After this recruiting class, we should be 3 deep at every position on both sides of the ball with the exception of the O-Line. I dont want to hear anymore depth & injury excuses. 75% of the players will be recruited by Tubs & Co. Its his baby now! Time for us to compete for championships or get out of town. Guns Up!

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I support Tuberville

I believe he will build a solid team on offense and defense. I have to disagree that he does not know how to win. He went 85-40 at Auburn, went undefeated in 2004 and finished 2nd in nation, His recruits helped Auburn go undefeated in 2010 and win NC. He had 1 losing season and beat Alabama 6 yrs out of ten. He won 1 conference title and 5 Divison titles. Auburn is a stepchild in football in Alabama. He did not get all the top tier recruits and had a winning program. Tech finished 3rd in passing, 12 in total offense, 39th in defense. It takes 3-5 years to build a championship caliber team. We are in a I want it now generation. Lack of depth and injuries hurts any football team. We are getting more depth and next year should be a good year. The Big 12 is more competitve than ever before. We have a group of teams that can beat up each other on any given day.

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