HOUSTON — Twenty or so years ago, Chris Thomsen probably didn’t picture coaching the Texas Tech football team, even for one night in a bowl game.
In the early 1990s, the Red Raiders’ interim head coach played pro baseball in the Oakland A’s organization. He could swing the bat, but he faced obstacles. He was a first baseman, but nothing else. He lacked sufficient speed to play the outfield, and his throwing left-handed ruled out any other infield position.
Not to mention the A’s had a first baseman no one was going to budge.