Eastern Washington Eagles Weekly Release - Official Site
Texas Tech Red Raiders Weekly Release - Official Site
I hope to have some pictures posted tomorrow or Friday.
The north and south bound traffic on University Avenue is now running over the Marsha Sharp Freeway on the north bound bridge. They are removing dirt so the south bound bridge can be constructed. They have also provided an area on the west side of the north bound bridge for foot traffic.
There is now no traffic light at Fourth Street and Brownfield Highway. East bound traffic on fourth street has been re-routed to the flyover that will take drivers to the east bound access road. The flyover currently being used is temporary and will eventually be the flyover that takes traffic to the east bound freeway. The flyover for the east bound access road is not completed yet.
The view coming over the flyover is great as you have a full view of the west side portion of Jones AT&T stadium.
They are now clearing debris from the Town and Country Shopping Center. The only building standing is Hastings.
The railing is starting to take shape on the pedestrian bridge just to the southwest of the stadium.
The Overton Hotel and Conference Center now stands at 11-12 stories tall. Ruby Tequila's has a lot of steel work done.
It even sounds like football season now as the Goin' Band has begun practice this week. They will have their practice march to the stadium Friday morning at 7:30.
The college football season is now only two weeks away here are some random thoughts before the opening kickoff. Nobody in the Big 12 comes close to Graham Harrell in passing yardage (I'm sure you didn't need me to tell you that, but read on anyway), Baylor really has a problem with conference games, the Red Raiders set the bar when it comes to points after touchdowns, a misleading stat, bulletin board material for the Longhorns as if they needed any, and an Eastern Washington "Did you know."
Pass Happy – Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell threw for over 300 yards a game every time he took the field in 2007, with his high a 646 yard performance against Oklahoma State. The 13 times Harrell topped the 300 yard mark was tops in the Big 12 conference, while Missouri's Chase Daniel was second, surpassing the 300 yard mark eight times.
0 for Big 12 – Baylor started the 2007 season 3-1, and then the Bears realized they still had to play a Big 12 schedule and promptly lost eight straight games. This season the Bears play a little tougher schedule before beginning conference play in 2008. Wake Forest and Washington State visit Waco for non-conference games along with a game at Connecticut.
Just for Kicks – Former Texas Tech place kicker Alex Trlica never missed an extra point in his career with the Red Raiders, including going 67 of 67 last season. Two other teams were also perfect during the 2007 season with extra points. Missouri was also 67 of 67 and Nebraska was 46 of 46.
Red Raiders Underachieving in the Red Zone? – The 2007 season provided some interesting red zone stats for the Texas Tech offense. The Red Raiders were the ninth as the most efficient team in the conference scoring from inside the opponent's 20 yard line. Tech scored on 56 of 68 possessions for an 82.4% success rate while Missouri topped the conference by scoring 91% of the time while in the red zone. However, this is a case where the stats are misleading as the Red Raiders scored the most touchdowns from the red zone last season with 51 compared to Mizzou's 45.
Bulletin Board Material – I wouldn't want to be a Florida Atlantic player when the Owls visit Texas on August 30th. FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger was quoted in the school's newspaper that Texas is not a physically tough team. Schellenberger denies making the comments, but we may have the season's first instance of "foot in mouth" disease.
Eastern Washington University Tidbit – The Eagles have won two national championships at the Football Championship Subdivision level. EWU won national titles in 1997 and 2001. (Info courtesy of the EWU official website.)
The Lady Raider 2008-2009 basketball schedule has been released with the regular season beginning on November 14th with a home contest against Idaho. The highlight of the non-conference portion of the schedule will be November 27-29th as the Lady Raiders travel to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam. Texas Tech will face Iowa, California, and South Florida as part of the tournament. The Lady Raiders will begin Big 12 Conference play on January 10th, 2009 with a home game against Texas.
The Texas Tech women's soccer team kicks off the 2008 season with a pre-season exhibition match against West Texas A&M. The match will begin at seven on Thursday, August 14th at the John Walker soccer complex on the Texas Tech campus. The regular season begins on August 22 with a non-conference contest against Lamar.
2008-09 Texas Tech Women's Basketball Schedule
Melbourne Roos (exhibition)
Houston Jaguars (exhibition)
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
vs. South Florida^
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Prairie View A&M
College Station, Texas
Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship
Oklahoma City, Okla.
^Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
*Big 12 Conference Game
All home games in Bold
All times are Central
Dates and times subject to change
I found myself watching the pre-season NFL game last night between Green Bay and Cincinnati wishing it was a regular season college game of any kind. In the boredom, I found myself thinking of the upcoming Texas Tech season and came up with the following piece for Red Raider fans. I'm not sure why I came up with it, but I should probably stick with posting my campus pictures and let someone else do the writing.
Twas the night before kickoff, when all through "The Jones",
Mike Leach was stirring, he was in his own zone.
The jerseys were hung in the lockers with care,
In hopes that players soon would be there.
The fans were ready all decked out in red,
While visions of touchdowns danced in their head.
And mom in her double-t shirt, and I in my Tech cap,
Had just settled in our seats for the season's first snap.
When out on the field there arose such a clatter,
We rose from our seats to see what was the matter.
Away to the end zone it flew fast and free,
Another touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree.
The new stadium turf reflected the hot Texas sun,
knowing the opponents soon would be done.
When, what to my wondering ears should I hear,
But Ruffin McNeill, shouting "play better D" to those anywhere near.
With a head coach, with such a quick wit,
We knew with the fans he'd be a quick hit.
The one-liners he told were as good as the game,
Even when he called out the refs and said they were lame!
He was dressed all in red, from his head to his toes,
He was ready for those Big 12 foes.
A helmet on his head and pads on his back,
And he looked like a player, just ready to smack.
"Now, Harrell! Now, Crabtree! Now, Morris and Woods!
On, Reed! On, Britton! On Duncan and Williams!
To the top of the standings! A Big 12 title for all!
These Red Raiders are standing tall!
Look left, look right, the passes they fly,
To Morris, to Britton, to Crabtree, oh my.
So straight to the end-zone the receivers run,
That quarterback Harrell has some kind of gun.
And then, in a twinkling, the black horse flew,
On his back, the Masked Rider too.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
The Goin' Band kicked in, man what a sound.
The crowd sprang to its feet, the band played the school song,
Another Red Raider win, as the victory bells go ding dong.
I heard fans exclaim, 'as they drove out of sight,
"Go Red Raiders, we are number-one tonight!"
There are a couple of articles out there today on Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The first is from the Dallas Morning News on how the Biletnikoff Award winner worked out daily during the summer.
The second article is from the Lubbock A-J and takes a look at Crabtree when he's not on the football field.
There is not a lot of news out there on this Saturday morning, but I was able to find a couple of tidbits.
A couple of non-sports stories highlight the news this morning.
Texas Tech University has released the renderings for the renovation of the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium. Construction will begin after the 2008 football season and is expected to be completed in time for the 2010 season. The cost of the expansion is expected to be $25,000,000.
Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance:
"We are obviously very excited about the plans to expand the east side of the stadium," said Chancellor Kent Hance. "With our football program in the national spotlight this season, now is the perfect opportunity to get all our friends and supporters behind this project."
Tech Athletic Director Gerald Myers:
Fundraising video from Texas Tech University.
To the north, the shopping center continues to be razed and construction continues on the pedestrian bridge and Marsha Sharp Freeway.
The north bound University Avenue bridge over the freeway is close to being open. They'll reroute both north and south lanes on the new bridge once that is complete so the south bound bridge can be constructed.
The Overton Hotel and Conference center now stands nine stories tall and The Centre II has taken shape. There is also an increase at the new Ruby Tequila site just across University from the stadium. Just think, the east side of Jones AT&T stadium will also soon be a construction site as well. Anyway, pictures to come soon.
Tech head football coach Mike Leach on what he likes to see in a quarterback:
(From the Kansas City Star) "They say a guy has to be 6-4 so he can drop back and throw over a guy who is 6-7," Leach said. "That's a falsehood right there. It's more about passing lanes. It's better to be short and on target than tall."
(From the Deseret News) "It was just a great experience," Plefka said. "It's something I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. If I could do it again, I'd do it every single time. It was probably the hardest 2 1/2 years of my life, but I think I've become a better person and just a better player through his work ethic." Plefka can recall numerous lessons Knight taught him, but one that really stands out is the importance of staying disciplined in all situations.
"Every game counts," Plefka said. "You've got to play every game 100 percent. You never know what will happen at the end of the year, and if you struggle one game you might not make the tournament. You've got to take every game seriously."
Everyone has seen the predictions for the teams in the Big 12 conference, but what are expectations for Texas Tech's four non-conference opponents in the 2008 season?
Eastern Washington, who made it to the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, is predicted second by both coaches and media in the Big Sky Conference behind Montana.
Nevada is also predicted to finish in the top-half of the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State and Fresno State are predicted to finish in front of the Wolfpack in both the media and coaches polls of that conference.
SMU is predicted fifth in Conference USA's West Division as the Mustangs will have to adjust to new head coach June Jones.
Massachusetts is picked as the top team in the Colonial Athletic Conference. The Minutemen, who will be the Red Raiders final non-conference tune-up, are selected to win the north division of the CAA and garnered the overall most first place votes in the poll.
Since a new football season is just under a month away, I decided to tweak the look of the blog slightly to get ready for the season.
I have noticed that if you search for "Totally Tech", it not only brings up links to Texas Tech, but a lot more links for "Technology" in general. So the blog name is now officially "Totally Texas Tech".
The color scheme has also been changed with more red and black added to the site. The most notable change is the photo at the top of the page.
Let me know your thoughts about the new changes.