Outside the Huddle. This is pretty good and Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury did talk about some positives and not just deferring to the idea of finishing the ball game, although he did get to that eventually.
Charging Band Members is the New Normal. So yesterday, everyone freaked out about how Texas was going to be charging $100 per ticket for each Goin’ Band member to attend the game. Well, this is now normal between the Texas schools as LAJ’s Karen Michael writes that the four Big 12 schools got together and all agreed to start charging tickets and Texas Tech senior associate AD Robert Giovannetti confirmed that this was now normal:
The business managers of the four Texas schools — including Texas Tech — got together in the past year and decided to start charging each other for band members’ tickets.
“They just decided very recently to do that,” Giovannetti said. “We were aware.”
He said the University of Texas was not “going rogue” in deciding to charge for the band members’ seats.
White Out. Via the official site, Texas Tech will “white out” to celebrate cotton. Also, at the game, all four Ring of Honor members will be at the game:
Texas Tech will also honor its four Ring of Honor members—E.J. Holub, Donny Anderson, Dave Parks and Gabe Rivera—at a break in game action. It is the first time all four ring of honor inductees will be together since Rivera’s induction. In addition, Happy State Bank will be recognized for its contributions to the Campaign for Fearless Champions.
Marquez Makes Rams 53 Man Roster. LAJ’s Don Williams writes about former Texas Tech footballer Bradley Marquez has made the St. Louis Rams 53 man roster and said that playing special teams was the way he made the roster and hard work:
“It’s hard to really gauge,” he said. “Things are out of your control. You don’t know what the coaches are thinking. And at the end of the day, it’s a numbers game as well, to get down to the 53.
“It was just a mindset for me that if I did everything in my power to get better each and every day, that was going to be satisfactory to me. Whether I made the team or was released, I’d knew I had given it my all.”
Congrats to Bradley!
Five Things on UTEP. DMN’s Mike DuPont has five things that you need to know about the UTEP Miners:
1) 52. The number of carries the Miners had in last season’s loss. UTEP had one of its best ground performances of 2014 against Texas Tech. The Miners rushed for 282 yards on 52 carries, averaging more than 5 yards per carry. UTEP averaged 207 yards per game last season. Aaron Jones anchored UTEP’s ground game by rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Jones averaged more than six yards per touch in the loss. Despite gaining only 58 yards, the Miners ran the ball 34 times in their 48-13 loss against Arkansas. In comparison, Arkansas finished among the top 25 rushing defenses for 2014, allowing a little over 124 yards per game. Meanwhile, Texas Tech ranked 124th out of 128 teams in the category. The Red Raiders allowed more than 259 yards per game last season.
Mahomes Named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player of the Week. Congrats to QB Patrick Mahomes who was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player of the Week!
Miscellaneous. Wreck’Em 24/7’s Michael LaBarre has his weekly Red Raiders feature . . . FWST’s Jimmy Burch picks the Big 12 games . . . DT’s Jeremy Krakosky writes how Texas Tech is looking to stop UTEP and Krakosky also writes about how the defensive line faces a familiar challenge in facing UTEP . . . TCU loses another linebacker, via FWST’s Carlos Mendez, freshman linebacker Mike Freeze is taking a personal leave of absence from the team