Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury sported a new look at his post-practice press conference Monday, donning a wide-brimmed hat.
“Lots of sun damage,” he said. “Needed to keep the youthful exuberance. Had to protect it (the face).”
Kingsbury seldom wears anything atop his head and only a visor when he does. He said he put on the hat on a recommendation.
As Kliff Kingsbury starts his fourth season as Texas Tech football coach, the Red Raiders can look at some of their Big 12 rivals and see reasons for hope.
The recently fired Art Briles went 15-22 through three seasons at Baylor, then 10-3 in year four to start a stretch of double-digit victory totals four times in five seasons. Mike Gundy went 18-19 through three seasons at Oklahoma State, then went 9-4 in years four and five and posted double-digit win totals four times in the following six seasons.
Eric Morris’ prediction on Texas Tech’s receiving leader this season might surprise people: It’s someone who played receiver for the first time last year and caught 15 passes.
“My guess was Jonathan Giles the other day to coach Kliff Kingsbury,” the Red Raiders’ offensive coordinator said.
Texas Tech and Oregon have agreed on a two-game, home-and-home football series, according to an announcement Monday.
The games are scheduled for Sept. 9, 2023, in Lubbock and Sept. 7, 2024, in Eugene, Oregon.
The two schools met twice previously, Oregon winning 28-13 in 1991 at Jones Stadium and 16-13 in 1992 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.
The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce plans to host the 2016 Texas Tech Football Kickoff Breakfast on Aug. 31 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
The event begins with serving lines opening at 6:45 a.m., and the program beginning at 7 a.m. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech football head coach, will attend the breakfast.
Tickets are $45, or $35 for chamber members. Tables of eight can be purchased for $400 and $550 (this price includes sponsor recognition benefits).
Not that Patrick Mahomes II needs higher expectations. They’re Andes steep already. But former NFL quarterback/now ESPN analyst Brock Huard stoked the publicity fires for Texas Tech’s QB the other day.
On ESPN’s College Football Live, Huard said, “I love raw goods. What my eyes have seen the last couple of years, especially last season, in Patrick Mahomes is rare stuff. I think he’s the most physically gifted quarterback going into next season in college football.”
Earlier this week, we told you about Texas Tech getting rid of the concrete Double-T at the north end of Jones Stadium to make room for new loge boxes going in before the start of football season.
In that story, Tech senior associate athletic director Robert Giovannetti noted the longtime landmark and the grassy area in which it sat would be replaced by artificial turf containing the newer, modern Double-T emblem.
Texas Tech sophomore defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko was named to the watch list for the Polynesian college football player of the year award, the Polynesian Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
Fehoko, a native of Honolulu, is one of 38 players nationally named to the watch list and one of two from the Big 12 Conference, the other being Oklahoma offensive lineman Dru Samia.
The award, which is in its third year, is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player who epitomizes great ability and integrity.
If league determined to add, Cougars best of an unattractive bunch
Last summer, while doing research for A-J Media’s special section on Texas Tech’s 20 greatest football games, I was surprised and amused to come across this headline from the 1976 Tech-Houston game: “Cougar High passes SWC exam” — in large type, at the top of Page 1, Sports.
Football season is a little more than a month away.
The season kicks off when California faces off against Hawaii in Australia. A week later Texas Tech opens its season against Stephen F. Austin at Jones AT&T Stadium at 7 p.m. The Red Raiders’ Big 12 slate kicks off 26 days later — on a Thursday at the Jones.
But what will that season hold for the Big 12?
Let’s take a look into my crystal ball and see the future.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury knows quarterbacks want to play in his system.
“There is a great history of throwing the football and putting up great numbers and leading your team at that position at Texas Tech so we’ve been fortunate to have some really good ones come through there and hopefully that continues,” Kingsbury said at Big 12 media days.
Of course, Tech’s next great quarterback is shaping up to be Patrick Mahomes II. As a sophomore he threw for more than 4,600 yards and 36 touchdowns last season.
Amid the rampant speculation of Big 12 expansion, there has been a growing surge among Big 12 university presidents and Texas politicians to back Houston as one of its newest members.
The latest, Texas Tech incoming president Lawrence Schovanec.
“As the Big 12 evaluates its options for expansion, Texas Tech welcomes the consideration of the University of Houston. We have always valued our partnerships with UH,” Schovanec said Friday.
Bob Bowlsby might want to up his data plan.
The Big 12 commissioner’s phone has been busy. At Big 12 media days Monday in Dallas, the Big 12 commissioner said, “I’ve been downright popular.”
It hasn’t changed since then.
Heck, he probably hasn’t logged off Twitter this week.
What, you don’t think he has Twitter?
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott obviously thinks so.
The television clicks on ...
“Welcome to the Big 12 conference new member pageant!
“The final two — or maybe four — candidates will be admitted into the conference in 2018,” the host, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, proudly announces.
“Here are this year’s finalists: The University of Houston. ... (A cougar slowly walks across the stage to begin things off).
DALLAS — Let’s just call it what it was — a dumpster fire.
Jim Grobe was clearly hired to stick his head in the sand. He tried that ostrich-like maneuverer time and time again at Big 12 media days Tuesday, to avoid saying anything had gone wrong at Baylor.
And, he made that all too clear during his press conference Tuesday.
“If I felt like there was misconduct by any of my assistant coaches, I’d have no problem dealing with that.”
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — strictly from a football perspective.”