Texas Tech Football Notebook: Spring Dates and Spring Tour Announced

Yeah, it’s a notebook.

Would you like a good old fashioned notebook of links? Heck yes you would.

24/7 Sports’ Brandon Marcello grades every new coaching staff and Joey McGuire’s staff at Texas Tech received an A:

Texas Tech moved swiftly and hired Baylor assistant Joey McGuire to lead the program, and though the hire was quickly overshadowed by the bluebloods exchanging coaches, McGuire-to-Tech is arguably the best fit.

McGuire has Texas in his blood and high school coaches adore him, which will prove huge as the Red Raiders try to revitalize a dormant program that is surprisingly bad on offense. 30-year-old offensive coordinator Zach Kittley will give the offense an immediate boost after taking one of the nation’s worst offenses at Western Kentucky and turning it into the second-best scoring attack in the country in only one season.

Texas Tech announced the “Wreck’Em Tour” with McGuire and Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt. They’ll visit 11 different cities and this seems like a good thing. I’m going to see if I can’t round up some of my friends to go to the Dallas event.

Feb. 18 – Austin
Feb. 23 – Abilene
Feb. 26 – Fort Worth
March 11 – Houston
April 12 – Amarillo
April 23 – Lubbock
April 28 – Dallas
May 18 – Midland
May 18 – Odessa
June 9 – San Angelo
July 17 – San Antonio

And in about a month and a half, Texas Tech will start their spring practices with the spring game set for April 23rd. I had always made this trip but when the spring game is in March, that was always more difficult than later in the spring. I also didn’t attend a game for two years and I am itching to get back. And the this usually coincides with a baseball series in Lubbock and that’s also the case with the baseballers hosting West Virginia for the weekend.

Practice #1 – March 22
Practice #2 – March 24
Practice #3 – March 26
Practice #4 – March 29
Practice #5 – March 31
Texas Tech Pro Day – March 31
Practice #6 – April 2
Practice #7 – April 5
Practice #8 – April 7
Practice #9 – April 9
Practice #10 – April 11
Practice #11 – April 13
Practice #12 – April 15
Practice #13 – April 19
Practice #14 – April 21
Texas Tech Spring Game – April 23

This was a really nice article from the Tulsa World’s Justin Ayer about linebacker Patrick Curley and how he’s graduated with top honors in mechanical engineering and is pursuing a graduate degree.

“We live in a society that demands immediate results and success, almost as if the process doesn’t even matter anymore. But the truth is, it matters now more than ever,” Curley said. “A wise man once said, ‘you can do anything you set your mind to,’ and I stand here today as a testament to the power of hard work and determination. It may not be tomorrow, maybe not next week or even next year, but anything worthwhile is worth working for.”

Texas Football’s Mike Craven interviewed Joey McGuire, which doesn’t start until the 14 minute mark. I didn’t get a chance to listen

Texas Tech has 3 players who were invited to the NFL Draft Combine: Dawson Deaton, Erik Ezukanma, and DaMarcus Fields. Congrats to these three men and go chase those dreams. I’ve always thought that the combine, or the invitation of players, is an indication of the health of a program, i.e. the more players invited the better the program. This is a broad statement, but I think it’s true. You won’t always have a high number because you may not always have seniors, but to have a consistent number is a good thing.

This is a very close look at the Sports Performance Center. I know that you’ve probably seen it, but this is a bit more intimate and enjoyed it. I’m also posting the companion video for the Womble even though it is not football related.

The Womble Basketball Center.


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