Are you interested in a Big 12 radio station? Well, that’s great because the Big 12 and SiriusXM announced a new sports channel. Here’s the proposed lineup:
The new channel’s programming will feature exclusive new shows hosted by former Big 12 athletes as well as journalists and conference insiders. The daily schedule will include Big 12 This Morning (weekdays, 8:00-11:00am ET/7:00-10:00 am CT) and the afternoon drive show, Big 12 Today (weekdays, 4:00-7:00 pm ET/3:00-6:00 pm CT).
Hosts on the channel will include former Iowa State standout QB Dave Archer; former Oklahoma defensive lineman and 1985 Lombardi Award winner Tony Casillas; former Oklahoma offensive lineman Gabe Ikard; as well as Holly Rowe, Fran Fraschilla, Tom Luginbill, Matt Schick and Ari Temkin.
Listeners will also hear weekly college coaches shows, press conferences, classic game broadcasts, coverage of future Big 12 Media Days, as well as curated, Big 12-specific highlights.
Texas Tech Volleyball
🎙@katy_keenan on the benefit of an open date ahead of our matchup with the Longhorns Saturday.
— Texas Tech Volleyball (@TexasTechVB) October 18, 2018
Texas Tech Soccer
“We can’t wait to show our fans and our friends and our family what we can do one last time.”@gabbiepuente and @gwenniepuente had a special message for their supporters ahead of their last trip to play in their hometown of Fort Worth! 🎥⬇️#WreckEm pic.twitter.com/aNXm9HWZXj
— Texas Tech Soccer (@TexasTechSoccer) October 19, 2018
— Texas Tech Soccer (@TexasTechSoccer) October 18, 2018
Texas Tech Golf
We’re 🔙 in the state capital this weekend for the Betsy Rawls Invitational.
Full preview ➡️: https://t.co/3tYHUzfkoq
— Texas Tech W Golf (@TexasTechWGolf) October 19, 2018
Texas Tech Tennis
All four Lady Raiders move on to the singles round of 32 and the doubles round of 16 at the ITA Texas Regional tournament.
MORE 📰⬇️ https://t.co/5uC88poSGE
— Texas Tech Women’s Tennis (@TexasTechWTEN) October 19, 2018
Lady Raider Basketball
In conjunction with Big 12 Media Day, the Lady Raiders spent part of their day reading and interacting with students from St. Philip’s School and Community Center. pic.twitter.com/dctjTB6Brd
— Lady Raider WBB (@LadyRaiderWBB) October 18, 2018
Texas Tech Basketball
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) October 18, 2018
Texas Basketball’s Carlos Silva (Texas Basketball is an offshoot of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football) has an article about how Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard is home at Texas Tech (which we all hope), although the start of the article starts with Beard at the Three Rivers in San Antonio and that he always loved the Texas Hill Country, but he also said this:
“Sometimes life throws you some special breaks, and I’ve always felt that way about my daughters,” said Beard, who was born in Marietta, Ga. before being raised in Irving. “I didn’t come back to Texas Tech to be closer to them. I came here to compete for championships and to graduate every player. But the fact that they were close is just special.”
In news that will likely not change anything with Texas Tech, via ESPN the NBA announced that the G League will offer select contracts of up to $125,000 to elite prospects who are at least 18 years old, but not old enough to be eligible for the NBA Draft.
As part of a newly formed professional path starting in the summer of 2019, the G League will offer “Select Contracts” worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are at least 18 years old but not yet eligible for the NBA draft.
The G League will target recent or would-be high school graduates who otherwise would have likely spent just one season playing college basketball, enticing them not only with a six-figure salary but also the opportunity to benefit from NBA infrastructure, as well as a bevy of off-court development programs “geared toward facilitating and accelerating their transition to the pro game,” league president Malcolm Turner told ESPN.
So, this provides a path for those that don’t want to go to college, however, a lot of people think that $125,000 won’t sway these elite players as the college experience is simply better. Of course, the NBA could just allow one-and-done’s and we wouldn’t be having this issue, but that’s way too easy.
Texas Tech Football
The Big 12 and Texas Tech released the 2019 schedule (which you all are already on this) and the big news is that at least for the 2019 and 2020 season, the Baylor game will return to their respective campuses and Texas Tech will have two byes.
8/31: Montana State
9/14: @ Arizona
9/28: @ Oklahoma
10/5: Oklahoma State
10/12: @ Baylor
10/19: Iowa State
10/26: @ Kansas
11/9: @ West Virginia
11/23: Kansas State
11/29: @ Texas
Some people somewhat complain about having a not-so-good home slate every other year, but I’ve always thought that was because UT and OU were always tied together. It is what it is and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I’m glad the Baylor game has been moved back to the respective campuses. I was done with the Jerryworld experience personally.
I’m not posting the tweet here, but Saturday is a red-out, so plan accordingly. Now here’s a video.
It starts with you.
Our Town. Our Team.
— Texas Tech Red Raiders (@TechAthletics) October 19, 2018
Need more of Dorian the Explorian.
🗣Texas Tech students🗣
It’s Homecoming Havoc weekend and we’ve got prizes!
Lots of them.
200 PRIZES. INSIDE T-SHIRTS.
LOTS. OF. PRIZES.
— Texas Tech Red Raiders (@TechAthletics) October 18, 2018
A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about the offensive line shuffle from last week and Jacob Hines and Bailey Smith both talked about playing so much against TCU and here’s a bit from Smith:
“I think the biggest thing was just staying calm,” Smith said. “That’s not an excuse. I know it’s unacceptable, but I’ve just got to be able to stay calm while I’m out there.”
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior from Lucas Lovejoy plays on the field-goal team, but his action on offense this season had been limited to late in victories against Lamar and Oklahoma State. Getting pressed into service at TCU meant bearing up against the top-rated defense in the Big 12.
“It was pretty exciting,” Smith said. “I was good to get out there and play. Obviously, there’s some stuff I need to fix that I’m not happy with, I’m sure the fans are not happy with, which I understand. I have to get out there and fix that.”
Miscellaneous . . . ICYMI, I answered some questions with the good folks at Rock Chalk Talk so make sure and check that out . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo has his Kansas vs. Texas Tech preview and prediction . . . LandGrant Gauntlet’s Josh Cowan has 10 ridiculous statistics from week 7 including some Texas Tech nuggets . . . Athlon’s Nicholas Ian Allen previews and predicts Kansas and Texas Tech . . .