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Red Raiders | Sports Writer

  • Children: Mikey, age 16
  • Location: Lubbock, Texas
  • Education: Midland College ('85) and Texas Tech ('88)
  • Profession: Sports writer
  • Birthday: December 21, 1964

About Me

Don Williams has covered Texas Tech football as either a beat writer or columnist for all but one year beginning in 1986. That counts two seasons he spent at the University Daily. He joined the A-J full-time in 1988. He's covered around 250 Tech football games, including 17 bowls. In the 1990s, he also staffed Dallas Cowboys home games and three Super Bowls. Some of his other beats include Tech track and field and small college basketball and baseball. He was on hand in Lewiston, Idaho, when Lubbock Christian University won the NAIA World Series in 2009. Williams graduated from Midland College in 1985, following the Chaparrals to the NJCAA final four one year, and from Texas Tech in 1988. He interned at the Arizona Republic in 1987, where he spent the summer covering the Triple-A Phoenix Firebirds and future major leaguers Matt Williams, Terry Mulholland, Dennis Cook and Jeff Brantley and ex-major leaguer Dave Kingman. (Thankfully, Kingman, a renowned media hater, did not send a rat to Don in the press box.)

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Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 5:14pm

The 1977 Tech-Arkansas game was on a Saturday, Nov. 26. Thanksgiving weekend, but not Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 10:18pm

The buyout is $900,000 -- base salary of $300,000 times three years remaining on contract. It's owed to Tech within one year of...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 10:14pm

In Big 12 Conference games only, Tech ranked fourth of 10 teams in total defense, ninth in rushing defense, third in pass defense,...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 12:13am

This year's defense allowed an average of 39.1 points in Big 12 Conference games. Last year's defense allowed an average of 46.0 points...