Compiled by Michael LaBarre, A-J Media
How former Texas Tech football players fared in NFL games last week:
TE JACE AMARO
Was inactive for Tennessee’s 28-26 win over Cleveland on Sunday. The Titans improved to 3-3.
WR DANNY AMENDOLA
Caught two passes for 30 yards in New England’s 35-17 win over Cincinnati. The Patriots improved to 5-1.
OT LE’RAVEN CLARK
Starter's targeting suspension forces mixing and matching
Texas Tech presumably will give Madison Akamnonu his fifth start of the season Saturday at right tackle, though it’s not necessarily automatic.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and guard Paul Stawarz both indicated the Red Raiders are considering their options to fill out the offensive line for Saturday’s home game against Oklahoma. Right tackle Justin Murphy’s ejection for targeting in Saturday’s loss to West Virginia leaves a hole in the lineup for the first half of this week’s game.
Tech president says university in favorable position
Lawrence Schovanec knows he can’t predict what the college athletics landscape will look like in 10 years. When the time comes, though, the Texas Tech president says Tech will be in a favorable position, addressing the fears of Red Raiders fans nervous about what happens when the Big 12 grants of rights expire in 2025.
Schovanec said Big 12 Conference leaders are “not just sitting there twiddling our thumbs” and he and athletic director Kirby Hocutt recognize the importance to Tech of staying in a major conference.
Dates for Red & Black baseballseries announced
Texas Tech baseball head coach Tim Tadlock announced the 2016 Red and Black series dates at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park, which will begin on Friday, Nov. 4, and culminate the following weekend on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Kliff Kingsbury rarely berates a player on the sideline after a costly penalty, an assignment mistake or a perceived lack of effort. Screaming to publicly humiliate’s not the Texas Tech coach’s style.
That means he’s viewed as calm and in control when his team’s winning. But lose big and in ugly fashion, as the Red Raiders did Saturday against West Virginia, and that understated manner opens him up to criticism.
A memorial service for former Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame member Carl Ince has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Kent Hance Chapel on the Tech campus.
Ince, 83, died Oct. 7 in Marble Falls, where he had lived for several years. He had suffered a stroke this year and subsequently was diagnosed with cancer.
Despite a middling start to the season, Kliff Kingsbury isn’t going to change his philosophy.
After a 48-17 loss to West Virginia on Saturday, Texas Tech fell to 1-19 when trailing at the half during his tenure, but the Red Raiders coach couldn’t come up with a reason why the Red Raiders (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) can’t rally from deficits Monday.
How players who have committed to play football at Texas Tech fared this week:
OG JACK ANDERSON
Helped Frisco gain 417 total yards in its 38-35 win over Frisco Heritage on Thursday. The Raccoons improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in district.
S QUINCY ADDISON
Was part of an Angleton defense that allowed just 35 passing yards in its 55-0 win over Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated. The Wildcats improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in district
CB ADAM BECK
Luke Stice wasn’t in the mood for excuses.
The senior linebacker and Texas Tech captain was almost defiant of any single reason the Red Raiders might have lost to West Virginia 48-17 at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
West Virginia had 332 rushing yards Saturday in a 48-17 victory at Texas Tech, sustaining a trend. The Mountaineers also cracked the 300-yard mark on the ground in their 31-26 conquest of the Red Raiders last year.
West Virginia got 104 rushing yards from Rushel Shell, 99 from Kennedy McKoy and 89 from quarterback Skyler Howard, narrowly missing having two 100-yard rushers three years in a row against Tech.
Players from West Virginia and Texas Tech got into a pre-game scrap Saturday morning at Jones Stadium, and the Mountaineers don’t really care if you call them instigators.
Heck, they started instigatin’ days before, from 1,500 miles away. West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson boasted of the quality of his teammates on defense and the havoc they’d rain down on the Red Raiders.
Kliff Kingsbury tapped two extended fingers on top of the lectern after he answered each question.
“It’s the worst I’ve seen since I’ve been associated with Texas Tech,” the Texas Tech coach said, his eyebrows raised with disbelief and his nose scrunched with disgust. “I’ve never seen a team play that poorly, coaches coach that poorly and just get embarrassed. Have to apologize to the fans, student body, alumni. That was as bad as it gets.”
Skyler Howard is used to flying under the radar.
Once a Stephen F. Austin walk-on, then a starting quarterback at Riverside (Calif.) City College and now the guy at West Virginia. Howard’s often overlooked in a Big 12 Conference loaded with quarterback talent.
However, after leading No. 18 West Virginia to a 48-17 victory Saturday at Texas Tech, Howard will certainly get some more deserved attention, at least from the Red Raider contingent.