Coming Home: Jakeem Grant
Texas Tech's all-time receiving leader Jakeem Grant returned to Lubbock this offseason and sat down with Texas Tech TV to discuss his successful rookie season and how being a Tech graduate has positively impacted his life.
Grant ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 8.3 yards per punt return, including one touchdown, in his rookie year. Grant was a sixth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2016 NFL Draft.
March 16, 2017
Red Raider Volleyball Impacts Lubbock Community
According to Merriam-Webster, the word 'improve' is defined as "to enhance in value or quality: make better."
For the Texas Tech volleyball team, much of their spring semester is centered around this word. They work tirelessly in the practice gym, in the weight room and in the classroom. They do this with their sights set on next fall, when they will put all of their hard work on display.
There is also a segment of their semester that isn't fixated on self-improvement. Instead, it's focused on improving their community.
Since the start of February the team has been lending a hand at several places in the Lubbock community, including the Texas Tech University Therapeutic Riding Center, which offers equine-assisted therapy to those with special needs within Lubbock and the surrounding areas.
March 16, 2017
Texas Tech Spring Game Officially Sold Out
Texas Tech will host its Spring Game in front of a capacity crowd on April 1 as tickets to watch the Red Raiders at The Star in Frisco are officially sold out.
Demand by fans to see a battle between the offense and defense pushed Tech to full capacity less than three weeks before the Red Raiders travel to the 12,000-seat Ford Center that is part of the Dallas Cowboys' team headquarters at The Star.
"We can't thank our fans enough for their support of our football program," Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "As I've said before, The Star is a perfect setting to showcase our football program and our university. The support of our fan base makes it even more special and I know our coaches and student-athletes can't wait to play in one of the premier athletic facilities in the country."
March 14, 2017
Ronneblad Wraps Up Individual Title At Bandon Dunes
Hannes Ronneblad captured the second individual title of his Red Raider career on Tuesday, winning the Bandon Dunes Championship.
After shooting an opening-round 65, Ronneblad (-10) pretty much led wire-to-wire, other than being tied atop the leaderboard a couple times throughout the weekend. He birdied Nos. 16 and 18 to hold off Oregon's Wyndham Clark (-8), who entered the week as the nation's No. 2 player, according to Golfweek.
Ronneblad's birdie on No. 18 also vaulted the No. 9 Red Raiders into sole possession of second place as a team, finishing the week at -7.
March 13, 2017
Gardner Secures Big 12 Player Of The Week
Texas Tech baseball junior outfielder Tanner Gardner has been named Big 12 Player of the Week, the league announced today.
It's the second time the Frisco native has earned the award, last doing so almost a year ago to the date on March 21, 2016. Gardner's honor marks the second Player of the Week award for Tech this season, as senior infielder Hunter Hargrove was selected after the first weekend of the season. The Red Raiders have won all three of the conference's weekly awards in 2017.
March 11, 2017
Culver Claims High Jump Crown
Lubbock native Trey Culver captured the high jump crown, marking back-to-back years in which he has claimed this honor. The junior notched a new indoor personal-record height of 2.26m/7-5, matching his outdoor record which he achieved at the 2016 Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. This mark also allowed Culver the No. 5 indoor Texas Tech record.
Texas Tech has swept the high jump indoor national championship titles three-straight years, from JaCorian Duffield in 2015 to Culver in 2016 and 2017. This three meet streak stands as the most consecutive high jump titles in NCAA history.
March 7, 2017
No. 6 Tech Throttles No. 4 Arizona, 13-1
The No. 6 Texas Tech baseball team posted 13 runs on 14 hits to breeze past No. 4 Arizona, 13-1, on Tuesday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
It was the third-straight victory over a top-10 team for the Red Raiders (12-2), making it the first time since 2014 to accomplish the feat when Tech defeated No. 3 Indiana, No. 10 Rice and No. 3 Miami. Last weekend at the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, Tech took down No. 8 Ole Miss on Saturday, 5-1, and No. 2 LSU on Sunday, 5-2.
Coming into today's game, Arizona (11-2) was also ranked No. 1 in the first NCAA RPI poll of the season.
March 5, 2017
No. 10 Tech Walks Off No. 2 LSU, 5-4, In Shriners Finale
The No. 10 Texas Tech baseball team capped off the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Classic with a dramatic walk-off victory over No. 2 LSU, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
The Red Raiders (11-2) used the extra half of the ninth inning to secure the win, as junior outfielder Tanner Gardner sliced the two-out game-winner back at the LSU (9-3) pitcher, who tried to stop the ball with his foot, but it ricocheted out toward third base, allowing Tech to finish 2-1 this weekend in Houston.
March 5, 2017
Evans, Smith Earn All-Big 12 Basketball Awards
Keenan Evans and Zach Smith captured All-Big 12 honors as announced Sunday by the conference office and selected by the league's coaches.
Evans picked All-Big 12 Third-Team accolades, while Smith came away with All-Big 12 Honorable Mention status for the second straight season. For Evans, he is the first Texas Tech player to be named to the All-Big 12 Third Team since Jaye Crockett during the 2013-14 season.
Smith has piled up 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.4 assists per game. The 7.2 rebounds are fifth whereas the 1.4 blocks are seventh in the Big 12 rankings. Only Smith and Texas' Jarrett Allen are ranked among the Big 12's Top 7 in both categories. Smith has reached double figures in 12 of his last 18 games fueled by a career-high 25 points against LSU on Jan. 25 followed by a 21-point, 10-rebound effort versus then No. 3 Kansas on Feb. 11. He has secured a block in 25 of 30 games and his 135 career blocks are second on Texas's Tech list only behind Tony Battie at 162 rejections.
March 1, 2017
Three Lady Raiders Selected to All-Big 12 Teams
Three Lady Raiders have earned All-Big 12 honors following the 2016-17 season, the Big 12 announced Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman Brittany Brewer was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team, becoming the third freshman in program history to earn a spot in their rookie season.
She leads all Big 12 freshmen with a 49.5 percent shooting average. Brewer ranks second in Big 12 freshmen averaging 6.3 rebound per game this season.
Sophomore Recee' Caldwell and senior Ivonne CookTaylor were named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for their successful seasons in conference play.
February 28, 2017
Schunk Named Dr. Gerald Lage Award Recipient
As announced this morning by the Big 12 Conference, Texas Tech track & field and cross country junior Hattie Schunk was named a recipient of the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.
Schunk is one of 58 Big 12 student-athletes to receive recognition for this award, deemed the highest academic honor offered by the Conference.
Schunk, a Chemical Engineering major, has been named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team with a 4.0 GPA three times and is also a 2016 Goldwater Scholarship recipient.
February 27, 2017
Gingery Garners Big 12 Pitcher Of The Week Award
Texas Tech baseball sophomore left-handed pitcher Steven Gingery has been named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, the league announced today.
It is the first conference pitcher honor for the Huntington Beach, California, native, as he received Newcomer of the Week on May 9, 2016. It also marks back-to-back weeks the Red Raiders have been honored by the conference, as Tech has now earned all three of the Big 12 weekly awards.
February 24, 2017
Day One Yields Two Big 12 Champions
Texas Tech had a strong first day at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship with 19 personal-best performances taking place.
Kaylee Hinton scored 4010 points in the pentathlon this afternoon. This number allowed her the No. 9 spot in Texas Tech indoor records on top of her conference champion title.
Sophomore jumper Charles Brown hit a lifetime best mark of 7.89m/25-10.75 in the men's long jump to earn his second conference title in the event.
Two Red Raiders Add Big 12 Titles on Last Day
Darien Tennon's first Big 12 title was owed to his 7.86 60-meter hurdle time. This run was improved from his previous best of 7.89 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville.
This is the second consecutive indoor conference meet in which the 60H title has been taken by a Red Raider.
The women's high jump title was taken by Zarriea Willis at a 1.82m/5-11.50 bar. This was a first conference win for Willis.
February 21, 2017
Women’s Tennis Jumps to No. 5 in ITA Rankings
The Texas Tech Women's Tennis team jumped to No. 5 in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
The Lady Raiders reached as high as No. 5 last season (March 1), marking a program high.
Texas Tech is one of five Big 12 teams to rank in the Top 25. Oklahoma State sits No. 6 in the nation just behind the Lady Raiders.
The Lady Raiders defeated two Top 10 opponents during the ITA National Indoor Championships earlier this month.
February 21, 2017
Hargrove & Jung Earn Weekly Big 12 Honors
Texas Tech baseball senior and freshman infielders Hunter Hargrove and Josh Jung were named Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively, the league announced today.
It is the first honor of the year given out by the conference and first for each member of the Red Raider baseball team.
Lady Raiders jump to No. 7 in two polls
After two Top 10 wins at the ITA National Indoor Championships, the Texas Tech Women's Tennis team jumped up to No. 7 in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I rankings.
The Lady Raiders also jumped up to No. 7 in the second USTA College Tennis Top 25.
Texas Tech is one of three Big 12 teams in the ITA list and one of four league teams on the USTA Top 25. Oklahoma State ranks No. 6 in the ITA rankings and tied for fifth in the USTA rankings.
Sophomore Felicity Maltby led the Texas Tech Women's Tennis team to two wins over Top 10 opponents as she was named Big 12 Player of the Week, league officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Raiders defeated No. 9 Vanderbilt (4-2) and swept No. 3 Pepperdine (4-0) during play at the ITA Division I National Indoor Championships last weekend.
Red Raider Recap: Tech 84, No. 4 Baylor 78
The Red Raiders have won five of their six games versus ranked opponents at home.
The Texas Tech men's basketball team continue to grind after being handed consecutive one-point defeats, and the Red Raiders were rewarded for their hard work with an 84-78 win over No. 4 Baylor Monday at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (17-9, 5-8 Big 12) toppled their third ranked opponent at home this season and have won five of their last six decisions versus ranked foes at home dating back to last season. The loss sent Baylor (22-4, 9-4 Big 12) two games behind Kansas in the Big 12 standings.
Texas Tech has defeated a pair of Associated Press Top 10 opponents in No. 7 West Virginia and No. 4 Baylor this season for the first time since 2007-08 when the Red Raiders knocked off No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 5 Texas.
Women’s Tennis Sweeps No. 3 Pepperdine, 4-0
The Texas Tech Women's Tennis team earned its highest ranked win in school history as the Lady Raiders swept No. 3 Pepperdine, 4-0, in the consolation quarterfinals of the ITA Division I National Indoor Championships Sunday afternoon.
"I can't say enough about this group's fearless approach to the match," Head Coach Todd Petty said. "I am so lucky to get to work with such an amazing group. Everyone was the MVP tonight. They deserve it."
Swoopes Named to Women’s Basketball HOF Class of 2017
Former Lady Raider Sheryl Swoopes will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017, the hall announced Sunday afternoon.
Swoopes joins a six-member class that includes Sally Bell (official), Christine Grant (contributor), Rick Insell (coach), Louise O'Neal (veteran), and Kara Wolters (player).
The Class of 2017 will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, receiving their coveted Eastman Trophy and Baron Championship Induction Ring, on June 10, in Knoxville, Tenn. With the induction of the Class of 2017, the Hall of Fame has honored 157 inductees.
Texas Tech Surges Into Top 5 Of Golfstat Rankings
After a red-letter weekend for Texas Tech men's golf, the Red Raiders were able to jump from No. 18 to No. 5 on Wednesday in the Golfstat team rankings.
This is the highest Tech has been ranked in either the Golfstat or Golfweek rankings since October 2014, when the Red Raiders rose to No. 4 in Golfstat, the highest ranking in school history.
No. 15 Tech Tops Championship-Level Field In Hawaii
Behind a school-record performance from Fredrik Nilehn on Saturday, the No. 15 Texas Tech men's golf team took home the team and individual titles in impressive fashion at the Amer Ari Invitational, at the Waikoloa Kings Course.
The Red Raiders finished at 44-under par, eight shots clear of No. 7 USC and 18 shots ahead of third-place No. 20 Oregon. Tech finished more than 20 shots clear of the following: No. 6 Stanford, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Texas, No. 12 Auburn and No. 25 Georgia Tech. It marked the 18th team tournament title under Tech head coach Greg Sands.
Anthony Lynn Named Head Coach Of L.A. Chargers
Former Texas Tech running back Anthony Lynn became the first Red Raider to land a permanent head coaching position in the NFL Friday night as he was hired by the newly-named Los Angeles Chargers.
Lynn, who helped power the Tech backfield from 1988-91, becomes the Chargers' 16th head coach in franchise history. His first season leading the organization will be a historic one as the Chargers announced earlier Thursday its intentions to move the franchise to Los Angeles after 56 seasons in San Diego.