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Gridiron on the Plains: Mike Mitchell Talks About Moving Closer to Home; Kliff Kingsbury on The Horn

Linebacker Mike Mitchell talks about moving close to home to be closer to home. Kliff Kingsbury joined Chip and Chad on The Horn.


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Mike Mitchell Moves Close to Home. ESPN’s Max Olson talked with linebacker Mike Mitchell and his father Ken and we have some clarification on the medical condition that led Mitchell to move on from Ohio State to being closer to home at Texas Tech. Mike’s father, Ken, has cluster headaches, which feels like a stabbing pain in your brain. I had a client who had this and it was not a good situation for the client, who was quite literally unable to lead a normal life as a result of  this condition.

“That’s a very close family,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “He’s a good kid and works his tail off. ‘Yes sir or no sir,’ you never hear a word out of him otherwise. I know he’s happy he can see his family on the weekends. That’s really made a big difference in his quality of life.”

Dad still hasn’t lost his gift for gab. He tells tales of young Mike racking up 27 tackles at defensive end in a high school game, pumping out pull-ups on the limb of a tree before winning gold in shot put, baffling everyone at The Opening with a laser 4.38 in the 40 that officials assumed was a malfunction.

Ken brags that Mike had eight-pack abs since age 3 and is at 4 percent body fat — “he’s bone, two brain cells and the rest is muscle.” He jokes that Mike picked the No. 52 jersey at Tech to honor his father’s IQ. He still has his wit. He still loves to laugh.

Kingsbury on the Horn. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury joined Chad Hastings and Chip Brown on The Horn and talked about all sorts of things. If you are opposed to listening to Chip Brown at all, then don’t click. There wasn’t anything revolutionary here. Kingsbury said that the biggest improvement of the spring was the maturity of the team and is asked and answered about the quarterback situation. Kingsbury is also asked about the defensive line and says that the staff is excited about Breiden Fehoko and Broderick Washington. Also asked about David Gibbs and what he’ll bring to the team.

ESPN Mailbag. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon did a mailbag and someone asks that since Baker Mayfield is doing well at OU and Texas Tech doesn’t have a clear-cut starter, does Kingsbury regret that situation. Luckily, Chatmon answers that question pretty clearly — No. Someone also asks the aforementioned Mitchell at linebacker and if their expectations are too high for Mitchell:

BC: I think they are too low. I expect Mitchell to get more comfortable as the months pass us by and he will emerge as a starter in David Gibbs’ defense this fall. Your expectations are probably what I would consider a baseline for Mitchell in 2015.

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