Lanky wide receivers. Tall cornerbacks. Defensive linemen of any description.
Oh, and game-changing quarterbacks are always welcome at Texas Tech.
Red Raiders football coach Kliff Kingsbury made those his priorities and landed some of each when the national signing period started Wednesday, announcing a class of 24 recruits — 20 newly signed and four who enrolled in January.
“On the areas that we were really concerned, post-season, we got those addressed and feel good about those guys coming in,” Kingsbury said.
I could have hit the snooze button.
Instead, I trudged into the office at 6:30 a.m. for another National Signing Day, as always expecting the worst — a hectic day filled with the whims and indecisions of 17- and 18-year-old student athletes.
But by 9:05 a.m. an amazing thing had happened for the Red Raiders, 24 letters of intent had found their way to the Texas Tech fax machine.
And by 9:10 that seldom-used, outdated piece of 1990s technology could have been unplugged and put back into the storage closet where it probably resides for 364 days a year.
Texas Tech Athletics announced that its 2016 spring football game will be played on April 16 at Jones AT&T Stadium. Kickoff will be at noon for the hourlong contest, which will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest.
The spring football game will kick off a Saturday-full of on-campus athletic activities as the Texas Tech baseball team will host San Diego State at 2 p.m., while the Tech track and field team will host its Red Raider Outdoor Open.
Texas Tech football coach Kliff Klingsbury announced a signing class of 24 athletes Wednesday as National Signing Day wrapped up around the nation.
Texas Tech's signing class is currently ranked 44th by 247sports and consists of 14 defensive players (seven defensive linemen, three linebackers and four defensive backs) and 10 offensive players (one quarterback, four offensive linemen, one runnig back and four wide receivers). Texas Tech's group of 24 is one of the 10 largest signing classes in the nation.
Texas Tech’s seven-year drought at the Senior Bowl ended this week when Le’Raven Clark and DeAndre Washington reported for duty.
The Red Raiders’ left tackle and their two-time 1,000-yard rusher, both first-team All-Big 12 honorees in 2015, will cap their week’s work when the game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
Here are things to know about the 67th annual game:
■ How to watch: The Senior Bowl’s televised live on the NFL Network.
At some point, the Colorado Buffaloes will end a streak of sub-.500 football seasons that now stands at 10.
Davis Webb believes he’ll be on the field when it happens.
The former Texas Tech quarterback announced Wednesday that he’ll transfer in May to Colorado, confident the Buffaloes are on the brink of a turnaround and with room for him to play a key role. He has one year of eligibility left to get it done.
Le’Tristan Pledger, an eight-time all-American with the Texas Tech track and field program, has transferred to Northern Illinois for her last year of eligibility, Tech head coach Wes Kittley said.
Pledger graduated from Tech. She transferred, Kittley said, to be closer to family for her last year.
Former Tech assistant credits Baylor DC in career move
Trey Haverty, in the days after Texas Tech fired him, didn’t necessarily expect to hear from a coach at a rival program, let alone one offering a helping hand.
Haverty, let go two months ago as the Tech outside linebackers coach, landed the defensive coordinator’s job at Lamar in the past week. He said Baylor’s Phil Bennett, a defensive coordinator at eight schools, played an instrumental role.
Former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Trey Haverty will be the new defensive coordinator at Lamar, FootballScoop.com reported Wednesday.
Haverty was among the three Tech assistants let go at the end of the 2015 regular season after being original members of Kliff Kingsbury’s staff. Haverty coached the Red Raiders’ outside linebackers last season.
Lamar finished 5-6 last season. Former Cardinals defensive coordinator Craig McGallion announced his retirement with two games left in the season, and linebackers coach Mark Criner replaced him on an interim basis.
Texas Tech on Wednesday officially announced the hirings of Kevin Patrick to be defensive line coach and Jabbar Juluke to be running backs coach. Patrick comes to Tech after two years at North Texas, and Juluke comes to Tech after three years at Louisiana Tech.
“We are extremely excited to add both coach Patrick and coach Juluke to our staff,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said in a prepared statement. “Coach Patrick has coached and developed some of the best defensive linemen in college football. He brings a wealth of experience and will be a great addition to our program.