Texas Tech Football: Offseason UpdateThis offseason has been more eventful than expected for the Red Raiders. Some coaches and few players are no longer on the roster for better or worse. It wasn’t all bad as National Signing day was a success considering the fickle state of the program. Kingsbury and AD Kirby Hocutt have quite a bit on their plate, but the state of the program looks sound going into Spring Practice next week. Here are some of the bigger news stories to come out of the offseason in the last month.
Title XI Lawsuit
Starting with the most controversial issue: Texas Tech athlete claims wrongful suspension for Title IX violation. As mentioned in the article, the lawsuit is coming from a football player who joined the team last January. Since the lawsuit only identifies the African-American, freshman football player as “John Doe,” I’ll refrain from speculating who this person might be. However, a quick google search for “suspended Texas Tech football player” coupled with the details provided in the lawsuit should help you figure it out. The whole situation is really weird. In my personal opinion, this is the kind of thing that would’ve been best left to the police, and not the university.
Spring Game at The Star
Thursday, Feb 9th, Kirby Hocutt and Cowboys Executive Vice President formally announced the new spring event that will take place at The Cowboy’s new 12,000-seat, 510,000 square foot indoor athletic facility. Texas Tech will be the first college football team to partner with the Cowboys in hosting an event at The Star. The Spring Game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on April 1st. This is great news for fans in DFW, and should absolutely help in recruiting.
Coaching Staff Complete
He was the DL coach at FAU and has some experience at Cal and Wisconsin. I’m a little disappointed because UTSA just hired a rockstar DT coach from Alabama. Then again, why would anyone want to take this job? Just glad to finally have this slot filled.
New turf, who dis?
New turf has been installed at the Jones. The new FieldTurf is replacing the one installed back in 2006. Not only is it a much more vibrant shade of green, but the end zone lettering has been tweaked. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the updated font Tech athletics is starting to implement and I really hope that means the end of the crappy Serpentine knockoff. This could also be a sign of upcoming uniform changes, especially considering we’ve been sporting the same set for four years now.
Pat Mahomes Combine Preview
Okay, so this isn’t necessarily news about our current football program, but Mahomes has a lot of attention on him right now. He recently received a 2nd-round grade from NFL draft advisory board, and sports analysts everywhere are touting him one of the better quarterbacks to enter the draft this year. Mahomes is also one of seven quarterbacks who’ll be part of Jon Gruden’s annual QB Camp series before the combine. The future is looking bright for this Red Raider, and he’s bringing a lot of good publicity to the program. Unlike someone else.