One item not on Texas Tech’s offseason to-do list at Jones Stadium is replacing the turf.
That can wait a while longer.
“I’m hopeful we have three years left in the life of this surface,” Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said Thursday. “We continue to take care of it and maintain it the best we can. If you remember, we painted it last year prior to the start of last football season, so I’m hopeful we have three years left.”
$185 million initiative encompasses 25 projects in 17 sports
Athletic director Kirby Hocutt says Texas Tech officials have conversations every day about the “Campaign for Fearless Champions,” the $185 million initiative that encompasses 25 projects in 17 sports.
Those projects will unfold piece by piece over a period of years.
When Tech formally announced the campaign in August, seven of the projects already had been completed. Two more are scheduled to get under way when the 2014 football season ends.
Tech AD says lack of continuity reflected in down year
The day before Texas Tech’s 2014 football season started, the opener got overshadowed by a bigger headline: Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt gave football coach Kliff Kingsbury a three-year contract extension through 2020 and a hefty raise.
Hocutt still believes in his investment, even with no immediate payoff. The Red Raiders, who are off this weekend, are 3-6 and 1-5 in the Big 12, one-half game ahead of last-place Iowa State and Kansas.
Texas Tech is close to finalizing a home-and-home football series with a Southeastern Conference opponent, athletic director Kirby Hocutt said.
The games would be in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, he said.
Hocutt first mentioned the discussions in June and said Thursday progress has been made.
“We’ve just got to get one adjustment made to another non-conference opponent, and then we can move forward,” he said. “We are highly optimistic that we will be able to secure a home-and-home non-conference (series) with an SEC school in the imminent future.
Red Raiders to keep playing UT on odd-year Thanksgivings
Texas Tech and Baylor are close to finalizing a four-year contract extension to keep their annual football game at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington through 2018, Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said Thursday.
“It’s in the process,” Hocutt said. “Texas Tech has signed it. I haven’t seen it back with signatures from Baylor and Cowboys Stadium yet, but it’s all been agreed to verbally and we should be in a position to formally announce that in the near future.”
Mahomes taking part in practice
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Thursday on his weekly radio show that freshman quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was knocked out of last week’s game against Texas, has practiced this week.
The Red Raiders have an open date Saturday before hosting Oklahoma on Nov. 15.
Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs put a vicious hit on Mahomes that caused what Kingsbury later called a “head injury.” Mahomes came out of the game in the second quarter and did not return.
By Don Williams
Texas wide receiver John Harris dealt Texas Tech plenty of pain Saturday, catching five passes for 165 yards in the Longhorns’ 34-13 victory at Jones Stadium.
Imagine if Harris had done that for the Red Raiders instead of against them.
Harris told Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls this week that he pondered a graduate transfer to Tech this year in which he would’ve used his final year of eligiblity for the Red Raiders.
With one weekend’s games remaining in the Canadian Football League regular season, former Plainview and Tech standout Jamar Wall is tied for the CFL lead with six interceptions.
Edmonton linebacker Dexter McCoil, a first-year player from Tulsa, also has six interceptions.
The 26-year-old Wall, in his third season with the Calgary Stampeders, is fourth on the team with 57 tackles.
The Stampeders are 14-3, having clinched the best record in the league and home field for the Western Final on Nov. 23.
The CFL playoffs start Nov. 16, and the Grey Cup is Nov. 30.
Washington, Robertson, Clark in good shape for recognition
It’s looking as if there’ll be no postseason for Texas Tech this year, but postseason honors might be another story.
DeAndre Washington is in contention for a Big 12 rushing title, the offensive line ranks top 10 in the FBS in fewest sacks allowed and outside linebacker Pete Robertson is among the top 10 nationally in sacks.
The Red Raiders go into their open date this weekend with a 3-6 record, but several are candidates to get some recognition in December.
Here’s an early look at the players who have the best shots:
Only five weeks remain in the college football regular season.
Half of the Big 12 is already bowl eligible and fighting for a top bowl or a coveted spot in the College Football Playoffs.
The other half is doing whatever it can to reach the postseason.
Kansas State, Baylor, TCU, West Virginia and Oklahoma are all bowl eligible.
The top team could land in the Cotton Bowl as part of the College Football Playoffs.
Texas Tech’s Nov. 15 home football game against No. 16 Oklahoma has been set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised by either ABC or ESPN.
The Big 12’s television partners made their selections Monday and set kickoff times. The other games that day will have No. 6 TCU at Kansas at 2 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 and Texas at Oklahoma State at 6:30 p.m. on FOX.
The league’s other four teams are open on Nov. 15.
Vinny Testaverde turned 42 years old during the 2005 NFL season, and Kliff Kingsbury had just turned 26.
To hear Kingsbury tell it, the age and experience difference didn’t matter during the season he was a teammate of Testaverde’s with the New York Jets.
“We were up there that one year together, but I always had a ton of respect for him, the way he treated me when I was up there,” Kingsbury said Monday. “He was an 18-year veteran and he was very good to me and treated me well. I always remembered that and have a ton of respect for him.”
Terrence Steele committed to Texas Tech on Sunday.
The unrated offensive tackle became the 13th member of the Red Raiders’ potential 2015 signing class and made his decision while on his official visit this weekend. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder also held offers from BYU, Colorado and Houston.
Steele is a senior at Cibolo Steele, the high school Tech assistant coach Mike Jinks coached at prior to joining the Red Raiders before last season. Red Raiders true freshman Justin Stockton also played at Cibolo Steele.
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