Texas Tech Men's T&F Achieves National Lead
The Texas Tech men's track & field program received its first ever first-place ranking in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association indoor rankings.
This is the first time that a Texas Tech program has been ranked first since the Lady Raider Basketball team received a No. 1 ranking on January 12, 2004.
The ranking marks the fifth-consecutive week that the Red Raiders have been in the top 10, and the fourth-straight week of sitting in the top five.
The week four USTFCCCA ranking is the first compilation that does not take last year's marks into account, ensuring a true reflection of the 2018 season performances.
"I'm really proud for our kids on the team and for Texas Tech to be considered one of the best teams in the country," head coach Wes Kittley said. "It is such a razor-thin line for several schools that legitimately have a shot at a national championship. We have to remember these are just rankings, and that we have a lot of work to do."
Freshman Divine Oduduru garners his second Athlete of the Week honor from the Big 12 Conference
Texas Tech sprinter Divine Oduduru was named Athlete of the Week by the Big 12 Conference for his two school record performances last weekend at the Texas Tech Open.
"Divine continues to impress us," head coach Wes Kittley said. "He is a remarkable athlete, especially running that 20.18 in only his second indoor 200m race ever. We love to watch him race just as much as he loves racing."
As just a freshman, Oduduru has claimed not one, but five all-time records in the new Sports Performance Center this year.
In Friday's Texas Tech Open 60-meter competition, Oduduru kicked off the preliminary round with a 6.64 mark to top his previous No. 2 all-time 6.66 race from two weeks prior.
Moving into the final round, he improved to a new school record mark of 6.58, adjusted to 6.60 at altitude, which is tied for third in the nation this season. Oduduru had then inked his name in the No. 1, 3 and 4 spots on the indoor 60m records.
The next day, Oduduru continued to impress, this time clearing out his previous 20.49 school record 200m run with a new world-leading 20.18 mark. This run, adjusted to 20.25 at altitude, sits first in the nation by two-tenths of a second. The time also ranks third on the NCAA all-time record list.
Keenan Evans has won four Big 12 Player of the Week awards this season
Keenan Evans picked up back-to-back and garnered his fourth overall Big 12 Player of the Week honors as announced Monday by the conference office.
For Evans, it marks his fourth career weekly award from the Big 12. He joined former All-American Andre Emmett as the only players in program history to secure the award during consecutive weeks. Emmett won the Big 12 weekly award three straight times from Dec. 29, 2003 to Jan. 12, 2004 en route to a program-record five times in 2003-04.
Evans amassed 27.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game as Texas Tech was the only Big 12 team to post a 2-0 record on the week and moved into a first place tie with Kansas in the Big 12 standings. The 7-3 start for the Red Raiders matches the 2004-05 team for the program's best 10-game start in Big 12 play.
Evans racked up 21 of his career-high 38 points after halftime and delivered the game-winning stepback jumper as time expired during a 73-71 overtime victory over Texas. The 38 points were the most by a Texas Tech since Mike Singletary registered 43 points versus Texas A&M on March 11, 2009 at the Big 12 Championships. The senior guard followed up with a solid all-around effort with 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in a road win at TCU.
The Red Raiders have been ranked inside the nation’s top 10 four times this season which also ties a program record with the 1995-96 team
The Texas Tech men's basketball team has earned a No. 7 ranking in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 polls released on Monday.
The Red Raiders (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) have dialed up wins in 19 of their first 23 games for the third time in program history. The 1953-54 team under Polk Robison also started 19-4 whereas the 1995-96 squad under James Dickey compiled a 30-1 start ignited by a program-record 23-game winning streak.
Texas Tech moved up three spots in this week's polls after an overtime win over Texas coupled with a road win at TCU who was receiving votes in both polls. The No. 7 ranking matches a program-high which was set on March 4, 1996. The Red Raiders also have secured a quartet of Top 10 rankings which also equals a program-record with the 1995-96 team.
Texas Tech has already eclipsed its overall and Big 12 wins marks from last season and enter the week in a first place tie with 13-time defending regular season champion Kansas in the Big 12 standings.
The Texas Tech men's track & field program received a second-place ranking in the week-two U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association indoor rankings.
This stands as the highest ranking in program history, and marks the fourth consecutive week that they have held a top-ten ranking.
"I'm excited for our program," head coach Wes Kittley said. "It is great that Texas Tech is receiving this kind of recognition and we appreciate that, but we know that there is a lot more work to be done."
10 Red Raider performances were chalked on the USTFCCCA's Top-10 Marks of the Week board.
Keenan Evans and former All-American Andre Emmett are the only players to win three Big 12 Player of the Week awards in the same season
Keenan Evans captured his third Big 12 Player of the Week award as announced Monday by the conference office.
For Evans, it's his third career weekly award from the Big 12. He joins Andre Emmett (2003-04) as the only Texas Tech players to win at least three Big 12 Player of the Week accolades in the same season. Emmett earned the Big 12 weekly honor a program-record five times during the 2003-04 season.
Evans piled up 28.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He amassed 43 of his 57 points on the week in the second half which included 18 of his 31 points during the last 10 minutes of the South Carolina game. The senior guard provided 10 points down the stretch, and Texas Tech erased a four-point deficit over the last 3:38.
Evans' 31 points at South Carolina was his second-highest career scoring output only behind his 32-point performance against then No. 22 Nevada on Dec. 5. The 31 points also vaulted Evans past Paul Nolen (1951-52-53) and Koy Smith (1993-94-95-96) into 22nd place on the program's all-time scoring list. He now has racked up 1,310 career points.
Evans exploded for 22 second half points to fuel Texas Tech to a 15-point comeback versus Oklahoma State on Tuesday.
Freshman Divine Oduduru garners Athlete of the Week honors from the Big 12 Conference
Texas Tech sprinter Divine Oduduru was named Athlete of the Week by the Big 12 Conference for his school record performance last week at the Red Raider Invitational.
"What an impressive first outing ever in the 200m indoors," head coach Wes Kittley said. "That was really remarkable. I feel that this is going to be a fabulous year for Divine. He has adjusted so well to the NCAA and we can't wait to see him compete more and see what he can do."
The freshman has hit the record books early, claiming not one, but two all-time records in his first two indoor competitions for the Red Raiders.
This past week he clocked a No. 1 Texas Tech record 200-meter dash at 20.49, adjusted to 20.56 with altitude. This time secured him the second-ranked time in the nation and in the world this season.
Oduduru also finished first amongst attached athletes in the 60-meter dash at the Corky Classic with his 6.66 time (6.68 at altitude). This mark holds as the second-best 60m time ever run by a Red Raider and is ranked fourteenth in the nation.
Danny Amendola caught a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes Sunday to return to Super Bowl
After New England's divisional round victory last weekend, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski tabbed former Texas Tech wide receiver Danny Amendola simply as "Danny Playoffs."
Amendola lived up to that nickname once again Sunday afternoon as he caught two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the game-winner, as New England advanced to its second-straight Super Bowl with a 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium.
"(Returning to the Super Bowl) means a lot," Amendola told CBS' Jim Nantz immediately after the win. "We put a lot of hard work into each week of the season and coming out here and getting a win each week. We love playing at home. We love being in Foxboro."
Amendola hauled in seven catches for 84 yards in the win, possibly none more important than his four-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone with 2:48 remaining in the game. Tom Brady waited patiently in the pocket until he found Amendola streaking across the back of the end zone for his third playoff touchdown already this year.
Both of Amendola's two touchdown receptions came in the final quarter as Brady previously connected with Amendola on a nine-yard strike over the middle to cut into what was a 10-point deficit with just over eight minutes remaining.
Over two playoff games already this year, Amendola now has 18 catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl for the 10th time in franchise history. It will be the third Super Bowl appearance in Amendola's illustrious pro career.
Amendola will be joined at the Super Bowl by fellow Red Raider La'Adrian Waddle, who was inactive for Sunday's victory after suffering an injury in New England's divisional win over the Tennessee Titans. Waddle earned his first career playoff start against the Titans before leaving with a leg injury in the third quarter.
The Patriots will await the winner of tonight's NFC Championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings. Super Bowl LII will take place Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis with television coverage provided on NBC.
The Texas Tech men’s track & field program claimed the fourth ranked spot in USTFCCCA rankings
The Red Raider men's track & field team received a fourth-place week one ranking, as announced this afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
This is the highest week-one ranking since 2011 when the Red Raiders were placed fourth.This also ties the highest indoor ranking held by the Red Raiders, dating back to week five of the 2013 season.
Serious records have been rewritten these past two weekends in the Sports Performance Center, the most recent entry being Divine Oduduru in the 200-meter dash.
Oduduru clocked a 20.49, calculated to 20. 56 with altitude, race that knocked down a twenty-year old record from Josephus Howard at the Rocky Mountain Cup in January of 1998. This time holds the second-fastest ranking both in the country, and in the world so far this year.
Trey Culver was making history the weekend before at the Corky Classic, clearing an astonishing 2.33m/7-7.75 to claim the national lead. This leap currently ranks third in the world and holds the No. 4 all-time NCAA mark.
Charles Brown also had a standout opening weekend performance, hitting an 8.03m/26-4.25 mark in the long jump to secure first in the meet and in the nation. This distance is also the third-farthest in the world. Brown also holds a No. 3 nationally ranked triple jump mark of 16.03m/52-7.25.
Joining Brown in the horizontal jumps is sophomore Justin Hall, who had a 7.79m/25-6.75 leap at the Red Raider Invitational for first place at the meet, and sixth in the national rankings.
Steven Champlin and Tyreek Mathis both hold top-15 ranked 400-meter times, clocking runs of 46.46 and 46.48 respectively. Both times were personal-bests and hold top-15 world rankings.
Thrower Duke Kicinski also contributed to this week-one ranking for his 18.99m/62-3.75 launch in the men's shot put at the Corky Classic. This holds the No. 11 spot on the indoor qualifying list.
Vincent Crisp paced his 1:08.16 school record 600-yard run at the Red Raider Invitational, allowing him to claim the all-time NCAA record.
Two-time indoor national champion high jumper, Trey Culver, earns National Athlete of the Week honors
Texas Tech senior high jumper Trey Culver was named National Athlete of the Week for his performance at the inaugural Corky Classic this past weekend, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association this morning.
Culver is the first Red Raider to win this weekly award during the indoor season, and second Tech athlete overall. Hannah Carson wrangled the award in May of 2015 for her performances in the javelin and discus.
Starting with passes on his first three bars, Culver totaled seven first-attempt clearances on his eight cleared heights.
On his fourth-to-last height (2.24m/7-4.25), Culver had already entered the Texas Tech record books at No. 6 All-Time.
"At this point we were thinking, 'Man this guy is jumping out of his mind,'" men's and women's jumps coach James Thomas explained.
Fast-forward two bars, and Culver claimed the Texas Tech high jump record at 2.30m/7-6.50 to top former teammates, JaCorian Duffield and Bradley Adkins, who were both by the pit cheering and showing Culver their support.
"Copy, paste," Culver explained. "Don't change anything. Keep my same mentality. Be aggressive. Be fearless."
With ease, Culver soared over a final bar of 2.33m/7-7.75 to hold the fourth-best high jump clearance in NCAA history.
This height is not only the No. 4 All-Time NCAA mark, but the highest jump in the NCAA since 2013.
Starting with 2.27m/7-5.25, Culver hit three lifetime-bests in this series of jumps, beating out his previous indoor best from last year's NCAA Indoor National Championships winning height.
Culver took over half of the top-10 high jump performances of this last week, claiming five spots in the USTFCCCA list.
"Pretty special isn't it, said head coach Wes Kittley." "What an incredible performance to get there. Trey Culver is totally indicative of the success our program. He has bought into the process, and now you're seeing the fruits of his work. We could not be more proud of Trey."
Two-time indoor national champion and Lubbock local, Trey Culver, claims new Texas Tech and NCAA records
The Red Raider track & field program opened the doors to the Sports Performance Center this morning, bringing in nationally top-ranked teams for the inaugural Corky Classic to the day with six first-place finishes and four All-Time marks.
Culver stole the show as fans poured in to watch the Lubbock local end the day claiming national, world and NCAA leading recognition.
Starting with passes on his first three bars, Culver totaled seven first-attempt clearances on his eight cleared heights. At 2.24m Culver had already entered the Texas Tech record book. At 2.30m, he was not only the school record holder, but the national and world leader. To conclude competition, Culver soared over a final bar of 2.33m/7-7.75 to hold the fourth-best high jump clearance in NCAA history. This height is not only the No. 4 All-Time NCAA mark, but the highest jump in the NCAA since 2013.
"We just wanted to perform for Corky," Culver explained. "He was a big part of Tech Athletics and Texas Tech University and especially Tech track… I knew that he would be proud. I was thinking about him throughout the whole competition and know that he was looking down on us happy today."
"We know Trey is good, a two-time National Champion, but today was just off the charts," said head coach Wes Kittley. "I've got to give the credit to Coach Thomas on that one".
Red Raider Recap: #8 Tech 72, #2 West Virginia 71
The No. 8 Texas Tech men's basketball team overcame an 11-point deficit over the last 13 minutes to claim a 72-71 victory versus No. 2 West Virginia during the program's first Top 10 home matchup in-front of sold out crowd of 15,098 at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 15 games by the Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1 Big 12). The victory also enabled Texas Tech to move into a four-way tie for first place with Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
"The first thing I'd like to say, and I speak for everybody in our program including our players, is we're just really appreciative of the crowd," Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard said. "I think that's one of the best crowds in Texas Tech basketball history. Why do I say that? Because our students aren't here. First, I want to thank the students that were here. Classes don't start for a couple days, but it's very apparent to us that we had students come back to Lubbock early to come to this basketball game so that means the world to us. Our student attendance is top of our list in priorities as we build the program. Again, I just want to thank Lubbock for coming. I did an ESPN deal to wrap the game. The announcers were like kind of surprised, and I was like this isn't a surprise for any of us here. Lubbock supports a winner. Our guys have worked really hard to have a winning program so tonight's attendance was just fantastic. I just really appreciate and want to thank everybody.
Rankings wise, the Red Raiders matched the best win in program history as Texas Tech defeated then No. 2 SMU 64-63 on Jan. 26, 1985 under Gerald Myers.
The Red Raiders have emerged with a program single-season mark and a nation's best five Top 25 victories on the season. Texas Tech has secured victories in eight of their last home nine games against Top 25 foes sparked by four wins over Top 10 opponents.
The Red Raiders are ranked among the Associated Press’ Top 10 for the first time since March 4, 1996
The Texas Tech men's basketball team is ranked No. 8 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Monday.
The No. 8 ranking is the highest for the Red Raiders since being ranked a program-best No. 7 on March 4, 1996 under head coach James Dickey. Texas Tech finished that season with a 30-2 record and a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
Texas Tech made the largest jump in the poll this week and vaulted up 10 spots on the strength of double-digit victories over then No. 10 Kansas and Kansas State.
The Red Raiders (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) have won their first three Big 12 games for the second time in program history joining the 2003-04 squad when Bob Knight was head coach and Chris Beard was on staff as an assistant coach.
Keenan Evans is the first Texas Tech player since Andre Emmett to win multiple Big 12 Player of the Week awards in the same season.
Keenan Evans secured the Big 12 Player of the Week award as announced Monday by the conference office.
For Evans, it's his second career weekly award from the Big 12. He joins Cory Carr (1996-97, 1997-98) and Andre Emmett (2003-04) as the only Texas Tech players to win multiple Big 12 Player of the Week honors in the same season.
Evans registered 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game as the Red Raiders collected wins at No. 10 Kansas and Kansas State to improve to 3-0 in Big 12 action for the second time in program history.
Evans fueled a balanced scoring attack which featured five players in double figures with a team-leading 15 points and six rebounds as the Texas Tech notched the program's first win at Kansas in program history. The Red Raiders also became the first team during the Bill Self era to lead wire-to-wire in a game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Evans validated that performance with 16 of his 27 points over the last 11:30 of the second half and dished out four assists versus Kansas State.
Defending conference champions picked to repeat in 2018
After winning the 2017 regular season and tournament championships, the Texas Tech Women's Tennis team was selected to win the Big 12 once again in the preseason poll.
The Lady Raiders earned 79 points and seven first place votes while Texas was picked to finish second with 72 points and three first-place votes.
Earlier this week, Texas Tech made program history once again as they were selected No. 8 in the Oracle/ITA preseason poll, the highest in a preseason poll for the program. This marked the 47th straight poll ranked inside the ITA Top 25 dating back to Feb. 17, 2015.
Senior Gabriela Talaba finished the 2017 Fall season at No. 5 in the nation while junior Felicity Maltby finished at No. 23. Talaba became the first Lady Raider to make the quarterfinals of the ITA Fall National Championships this past fall.
Doubles duo Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici finished the fall season at No. 21 in the ITA rankings.
The Lady Raiders begin the 2018 season at the Michigan Invitational on Jan. 13-15. Texas Tech will open the season at home on Jan. 26-27 during the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
The No. 18 Texas Tech men's basketball team used a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures, piled up a 44-29 rebounding edge and held No. 10 Kansas to a 6-of-26 shooting clip from three-point territory to claim an 85-73 victory on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Red Raiders (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) led wire-to-wire and kept their composure down the stretch by answering every run by the Jayhawks (11-3, 1-1 Big 12) to capture the program's first victory at Allen Fieldhouse. The win also put a 16-game overall losing streak to Kansas which dated back to the 2009-10 season and handed the Jayhawks their first loss in a Big 12 home opener since 2006-07.
Texas Tech turned in the program's fifth 2-0 start in Big 12 action and first dating back to the 2006-07 season when Chris Beard was an assistant coach on Bob Knight's staff. The Red Raiders also tucked away their fourth win over an Associated Press Top 25 opponent to equal a program single-season mark with the 2004-05 and 2007-08 squads. Texas Tech also moved to 7-4 under Beard versus AP Top 25 foes.
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Patrick Mahomes II finished 22-of-35 for 284 yards in Kansas City’s 27-24 victory Sunday
Patrick Mahomes II displayed the same athletic, gun-slinger ability he showcased as Texas Tech's quarterback Sunday as he helped engineer a late game-winning drive to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Mahomes finished 22-of-35 overall for 284 yards in his first career NFL start, propelling the Chiefs (10-6) to their fourth-straight win heading into the NFL Wild Card round next weekend against the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff for that game is slated for 3:30 p.m. CT at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
Mahomes departed the game midway through the fourth quarter with the Chiefs controlling a comfortable 24-10 lead. Denver returned a fumble for a touchdown on Kansas City's next offensive play and then added a late touchdown drive, forcing Mahomes back on the field with just over two minutes to play.
Mahomes overcame a first-play sack to lead the Chiefs 67 yards down the field to set up a Harrison Butker 30-yard field as time expired. Mahomes was 4-of-5 for 52 yards on the drive alone, all of which came after the two-minute warning.
The game-winning drive wrapped an impressive debut for Mahomes against the NFL's second-ranked defense in the Broncos (5-11). The Chiefs were missing their top three receivers in Kareem Hunt, Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce, who were all inactive with Kansas City already guaranteed the No. 4 spot in the playoffs.
With the win, Mahomes becomes the first quarterback drafted by the Chiefs to lead Kansas City to a win since Todd Blackledge did so in 1987. Mahomes is just the third quarterback selected by the Chiefs in the first round of the NFL draft, joining Blackledge (1983) and Steve Fuller (1979).
Mahomes could potentially face a pair of fellow former Red Raiders in Danny Amendola and La'Adrian Waddle if the Chiefs move past the Titans next weekend. The New England Patriots earned home-field advantage throughout the playoffs Sunday with a win over the New York Jets and will await the winners of Kansas City and Tennessee.
Texas Tech women's golf alumnae Elin Arvidsson notched one of her top professional achievements this past weekend as she won the 3E Actuaries Open held in South Africa.
Arvidsson secured a $30,000 prize with the tournament crown, which came against several players off the LPGA Tour and several other international circuits. Arvidsson, a native of Sweden, finished with a two-stroke lead for the individual crown after combining to shoot a 3-under-par 213 over 54 holes.
"There are girls out here who play on the LPGA and high up on the LET, and we've got girls who have played in the Solheim Cup," Arvidsson said to reporters afterwards. "Playing on the LPGA and in the Soheim Cup are dreams of mine so being able to come here and play on the same golf course as them, under the same conditions as them, and come out on top, is great for my game."
The win wraps a successful year for Arvidsson, who recently advanced to the final stage of LPGA qualifying school after playing in 11 tournaments on the Symetra Tour. The highlight of her year came at the U.S. Women's Open, though, the first major appearance of Arvidsson's career.
Arvidsson's success in LPGA qualifying earned her Symetra Tour status again for the 2018 season.
Nic Shimonek, Trey Culver and Janine Beckie are among the 19 graduating student-athletes
Texas Tech Athletics is pleased to announce that 19 student-athletes will earn their degrees this weekend during the university's commencement ceremonies held at United Supermarkets Arena.
Each of the 19 student-athletes graduating this weekend will walk the stage wearing a special red stole that signifies the individual's status as a student-athlete. The red stoles are part of a new athletics tradition that debuted last spring and will continue to be presented to graduating student-athletes prior to each ceremony.
"We always look forward to seeing our student-athletes earn their degrees," Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "We're proud of their accomplishments in the classroom, and we hope each student-athlete enjoys this special weekend with family and friends."
The Tech softball program and the Red Raider football team lead the way with five graduates each this weekend. Adrian Gregory's softball program will see several mainstays in the lineup the past few years walk the stage in Kierra Miles, Sarah Weber, Brittany Warnecke, Dominique Alcocer and Susan Welborn.
The Red Raider football program is represented by Nic Shimonek, Ja'Deion High, Michael Mays and Derrick Willies, all of which are actively preparing for Tech's upcoming appearance in the Birmingham Bowl. The group will be joined by former wide receiver Devin Lauderdale as well.
The remaining list of graduates includes two-time track and field national champion Trey Culver as well as teammate Darien Tennon. Fellow track and field members Adria Parker and Paetyn Revel will both earn their degrees this weekend as will women's basketball standouts Jada Terry and Ioanna McKenzie.
Two-time All-American and Olympic medalist Janine Beckie closes the group of graduating student-athletes as she will also be joined by fellow soccer standout Rebekah O'Brien as well as four-year baseball letterwinner Anthony Lyons.
Evans Secures Big 12 Player of the Week
Keenan Evans came away with Big 12 Player of the Week honors as announced Monday by the conference office.
It's the first career weekly award for Evans from the Big 12, and the first time a Texas Tech player has garnered Big 12 Player of the Week since Jaye Crockett on Dec. 31, 2012.
Evans is the second Red Raider to secure a Big 12 weekly award this season as Jarrett Culver was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week two weeks earlier.
Evans delivered a career-high 32 points and hauled down a career-best eight rebounds coupled with three assists and two steals during Texas Tech's 82-76 overtime victory over No. 22 Nevada. He amassed 23 of his 32 points during the closing 11 minutes of the second half and overtime as the Red Raiders erased a 10-point deficit to hand the Wolf Pack their first loss of the season.
Coutee Earns Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week Honors
Texas Tech junior wide receiver Keke Coutee earned his second Big 12 weekly award of the season Monday as he was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week following his 168-yard performance against Texas.
Coutee caught nine passes, including two that went for over 40 yards, to help push Tech to a 27-23 come-from-behind victory over Texas, its second-straight win against the Longhorns in Austin. The Red Raiders also clinched bowl eligibility for the 38th time in program history with the win.
His 168 yards through the air marked the fourth time this season Coutee has finished with at least 150 receiving yards. He leads all Big 12 receivers in the category and is one of just five players nationally with four or more games with 150 or more receiving yards.
Coutee recorded 104 of his 168 receiving yards in the opening quarter alone, 75 of which came on Tech's first scoring drive of the night that tied the game at 7-7 early. Coutee caught the first three passes of that drive, resulting in 12, 22 and 41 yards each before McLane Carter snuck into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown run.
Coutee added another big play later in the game as he was on the receiving end of a 52-yard strike from Nic Shimonek that set up a T.J. Vasher touchdown pass seconds later. The touchdown to Vasher cut the Texas lead to just three points early in the fourth quarter.
The successful night pushed Coutee's season receiving total to 1,242 yards, which now ranks sixth all-time on the Tech single-season chart. He passed the likes of Carlos Francis (2003), Jarrett Hicks (2004), Michael Crabtree (2008), Jonathan Giles (2016) and Jakeem Grant (2015) on the list during the first quarter against Texas alone.
In addition, he also ended the regular season among the top receivers in the country as he ranks sixth in receiving yards (1,242), seventh in receiving yards per game (103.5), ninth in receptions per game (6.8) and 19th in receiving touchdowns (9).
Coutee is the first Red Raider this season to earn multiple Big 12 weekly awards as he was previously the league's Special Teams Players of the Week on Nov. 13. He is one of five Red Raiders to be honored this season alone, which marks the most in school history.
Culver Notches Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
Jarrett Culver picked up the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award as announced Monday by the conference office.
For Culver, it marked his first career weekly honor from the Big 12. He joins Norense Odiase (Nov. 24, 2014) and Anthony Livingston (Dec. 5, 2016) as the program's most recent Big 12 weekly award recipients.
Culver racked up 19.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as the Red Raiders improved to 6-0 for the sixth time in program history and for the first time since the 2009-10 season. He was an efficient 15-of-30 from the field and has piled up double figures in four of his last five outings.
Culver provided a career-high 21 points versus Wofford, a team who has made the NCAA Tournament in four of the last seven seasons. The Lubbock native also came away with 18 points, seven assists and two steals during a 33-point rout of Savannah State.
Corky Oglesby, a friend to many, passed away Sunday at the age of 81
Gerald "Corky" Oglesby, the beloved former Texas Tech track and field coach and longtime Red Raider Club staffer, passed away Sunday following a battle with cancer. He was 81.
For over 40 years, Oglesby's name was synonymous with Texas Tech Athletics as he was an assistant men's basketball coach under both Bob Bass and Gerald Myers before spending 20 years as the head men's track and field coach. He then transitioned to a special projects coordinator in the Red Raider Club, a position he remained active in up until his passing.
"Corky Oglesby is a legend," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "He in so many ways demonstrated what being a Red Raider is all about. It's a special legacy that Corky has left behind – one we will always remember and always be with this athletics department and in this community. He was a cherished individual that will be deeply, deeply missed by all of us."
Doctors discovered cancer in Oglesby this past summer soon after the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, one of his favorite events each year. The diagnosis didn't crush his spirits, though, as Oglesby was still a regular at Texas Tech events in the months to come, including recent Red Raider football and basketball games.
Oglesby was adamant that those around him not mourn for him. In fact, he declared he did not want a funeral when he passed. Instead, he preferred a party with friends and family, so he could hear the nice tributes that would be said.
A party it was.
Friends and family of Oglesby traveled to Lubbock from across the country in early August to tell stories of the man many simply knew as "Corky." Former players, colleagues and even some of the coaches Oglesby faced recalled their favorite Corky stories during the three-plus hour party.
Those who knew him likely had a good Corky story. There were plenty that night, ranging from his early years in Lubbock to his recruitment of certain former players to even his favorite hole-in-the wall restaurants throughout the states of Texas and Oklahoma.
Towards the end of the ceremony, Texas Tech track and field coach Wes Kittley eloquently described his longtime friend. He was a Texas Tech "icon," Kittley said to the lines of tables on the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum floor.
"We lost a treasure today," Kittley said following Oglesby's passing. "He was a blessing for me to have him in my life. I can't tell you what he's meant to me over the years. I'll definitely miss him. He was Mr. Texas Tech to me. He gave his life to Texas Tech and touched hundreds if not thousands of lives along the way. He truly loved Texas Tech and it showed."
Many of the friendships Oglesby developed were fostered soon after his move to Lubbock on April 1, 1969. Oglesby was hired that day to be the new assistant men's basketball coach under Bass, a position he'd flourish in as he recruited several of the Red Raiders' top players for both Bass and later Myers.
During his time on the basketball staff, the Red Raiders boasted six-consecutive winning seasons and a 98-57 overall record, which included a 58-26 mark in Southwest Conference play. His tenure was highlighted by a Southwest Conference regular-season championship during the 1972-73 season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
"Corky was just a really good guy," said Myers, who retained Oglesby on his staff when he took over for Bass in 1971 and then rehired him to the Red Raider Club in 1997. "We knew each other for 48 years, and he was always very close and dear to me. Corky was a very loyal and smart guy. He had a great sense of humor. I don't think he ever forgot a name once he met someone. We'll miss him a lot, but he'll always have a special place in our memory."
Oglesby's love belonged on the track, however, as he served 20 years (1975-95) as head coach of the Red Raiders, the longest tenure for a track coach in school history. His list of successful athletes included 32 All-Americans, 11 SWC outdoor champions and seven SWC indoor individual champions. To this date, Oglesby coached 12 individuals that still own Tech all-time records, including nine outdoor track and field school records.
Oglesby remained active in the sport for the next 20 years as well, serving as a meet official for several of the top events throughout the country each year. He was passionate about the sport, regularly attending the NCAA Championships as well as several Olympics.
In all, Oglesby spent nearly 50 years serving in some capacity within Texas Tech Athletics. For his years of service and dedication, Oglesby was inducted in 2014 to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor, which is reserved for those who make outstanding contributions to Texas Tech Athletics.
"The Red Raider family has lost one of our most beloved members," Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said. "Corky was a great man, who made a difference in the lives of many individuals and Texas Tech University and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Texas Tech will honor Oglesby's legacy again in January when the track and field program hosts the Corky Classic, which will be the first event hosted in the newly-opened Sports Performance Center. Tech will bring in the nation's elite programs such as Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas and LSU on Jan. 13 for what Kittley says will become an annual event to honor Oglesby's memory.
"It's hard for me to imagine having a track meet without Corky there by my side," Kittley said. "We went everywhere together. We went to the Olympics together and traveled the world for meets. Every championship I won, Corky was there. He was so selfless, and that's maybe what I'll remember best about him. Texas Tech really lost an icon today."
Red Raider Recap: Tech 85, No. 20 Northwestern 49
The Texas Tech men's basketball team put together its best 40 minutes of the young season and captured the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tournament title with an 85-49 battering of No. 20 Northwestern Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Red Raiders (4-0) have won four straight games to open the season by a combined 111 points and tucked away the program's first regular season tournament title dating back to the 2009-10 season when Chris Beard was an Associate Head Coach on Pat Knight's staff.
Texas Tech Athletics formally inducted five former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame on Friday while legendary women's basketball coach Marsha Sharp was enshrined in the Hall of Honor as part of the 2017 class.
The class is highlighted by four inductees from the hardwood, including former Red Raider standouts Tony Battie and Andre Emmett as well as former Lady Raider Connie Robinson. Olympic medalist Shereefa Lloyd and All-American outfielder Bobby Kohler round out the 2017 class.
Sharp, meanwhile, becomes the 43rd member of the Hall of Honor, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the success of Texas Tech Athletics while displaying qualities of sportsmanship, character and integrity. Sharp coached the Lady Raiders for 24 years, leading Tech to the 1993 NCAA National Championship.
Marsha Sharp – Head Women's Basketball Coach/Associate A.D.
Sharp was among the top coaches in the country during her 24 years leading the Lady Raiders. She led the Lady Raiders to Texas Tech's only National Championship and coached Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes to the National Player of the Year in 1993. Sharp was named the 1993 and 1994 National Coach of the Year. Under her guidance, Texas Tech claimed five-consecutive Southwest Conference championships, three SWC tournament crowns, three-straight Big 12 Conference regular season titles, two Big 12 tournament titles and 20 postseason appearances. Sharp was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. She also coached USA Basketball to a gold medal in 2002. In addition to her role leading the Lady Raiders, Sharp was named an Associate A.D. at Tech in 1995, a role she continues today.
Tony Battie (Men's Basketball, 1995-97) – Forward
Battie piled up 929 points, 724 rebounds and a program-leading 162 career blocks during his three seasons with the Red Raiders. He earned 1997 Associated Press (AP) All-America Honorable Mention status. Battie is the last Texas Tech player and one of seven players in program history to average a double-double during a season. He posted 18.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per game en route to 20 double-doubles in 1997. Battie claimed 139 of his 162 blocks over his last two seasons and his 2.5 blocks per game in 1997 are a program single-season mark. He was a part of Texas Tech's historic 1996 season where the Red Raiders won a program-record 26 straight games and defeated North Carolina on the way to the NCAA Sweet 16. Battie is the highest NBA draft pick in program history and was a lottery selection at No. 5 overall by the Denver Nuggets in 1997.
Bobby Kohler (Baseball, 1979-82) – Outfielder
Kohler was a four-year letterwinner for the Red Raiders, patrolling the Texas Tech outfield from 1979-82. He was the seventh All-American in program history, earning American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) second team honors for his performances in the 1980 & 1982 seasons. He also earned All-Region accolades in 1979, 1981 and 1982, while picking up All-Southwest Conference nods in 1980, 1981 and 1982. Over the 1980-82 seasons, Kohler led the Red Raiders in hits, while peppering in team-highs in several categories such as batting average (1981), RBI (1980-81), doubles (1981-82) triples (1980-82) and homers (1981). He finished his Texas Tech career with 199 hits, including 42 doubles, which was a school record for career doubles at the time, and a final batting average of .347. In 1982, Kohler was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 19th round of the MLB Draft.
Shereefa Lloyd (Track & Field, 2004-05) – Sprints
Lloyd is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist for her 2008 and 2012 4x400 performances in the Beijing and London games. Individually, she placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at the Pan American Games in Rio, Brazil, in 2007 and took gold in 2011 at the Senior CAC games. In her time at Texas Tech, Lloyd was a three-time first team All-American in the 400m and the women's mile-relay. Lloyd still holds the all-time Texas Tech outdoor school record in the 400m as well as the No. 2-4 spots. The same goes for her 4x400 relay contributions, maintaining the top-five positions in the all-time outdoor record book. In 2005, she became the first Lady Raider in program history to claim the Big 12 Outdoor title in the 400-meter dash.
Connie Robinson (Women's Basketball, 1993-95) – Forward
Robinson was a two-year letterwinner for the Lady Raiders (1993-95). During her career as a Lady Raider, she earned All-America honors in both seasons at Tech. She was named the Southwest Conference Newcomer of the year in 1994 and was a two-time All-Southwest Conference first-team member. In addition, she was one of six Lady Raiders to be named the All-Dr Pepper/SWC Classic Most Valuable Player.
Andre Emmett (Men's Basketball, 2001-04) – Forward
Emmett racked up 1,451 points in his junior and senior seasons, the most for a Texas Tech player over a two-year span and was a two-time Big 12 scoring champion, to become the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,256 points. He was named a consensus All-America selection in 2004 by the Associated Press (AP), Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Emmett was the first and is one of only two players in Big 12 history to amass three All-Big 12 First-Team selections (2002, 2003, 2004) during his career. He fueled Texas Tech three 20-win seasons, two NCAA Tournament trips and a third-place finish at the NIT. Emmett also ranks first in career field goals made (882), sixth in career steals (164), seventh in career rebounds (765) and seventh in career free throws made (438).
Myers will be enshrined into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on April 7 in Waco
Texas Tech Athletics Director Emeritus Gerald Myers will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame next April, the organization announced Wednesday as part of its official unveiling of the 2018 class.
Myers, a former student-athlete, coach and Athletic Director at Texas Tech, will be enshrined on April 7, 2018, at the Waco Convention Center, not far from the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Museum on the Baylor campus.
Myers is joined in the 2018 induction class by former Texas A&M quarterback and NFL head coach Gary Kubiak, seven-time MLB All-Star selection Michael Young, former Texas quarterback Vince Young and Mary Hardin-Baylor football coach Pete Fredenburg. The class also consists of former Texas A&M running back Johnny Bailey along with University of Texas volleyball and basketball standout Nell Fortner, Duncanville High School coach Cathy Self-Morgan and Olympic medalist Jill Sterkel (swimming).
Myers has dedicated most of his adult life to Texas Tech as he was a basketball student-athlete in the 1950s, a basketball coach in the `70s, `80s and `90s, and an administrator in the new millennium. He has spent over 50 years at Texas Tech and continues to actively serve the university on a daily basis as Athletics Director Emeritus.
During his tenure as Director of Athletics from 1996-2011, Myers oversaw tremendous growth in the department, increasing the annual budget from $12 million in 1996 to $50 million in 2010. Tech's increase in revenue allowed the university to boast some of the best facilities in the country.
United Supermarkets Arena and the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes were both built during Myers' tenure while significant upgrades were made to Jones AT&T Stadium, raising the capacity to over 60,000 seats with the addition of club and luxury suites on both the east and west sides of the stadium.
Myers' success at Texas Tech resulted in national recognition and responsibilities as well. He served as a member of the NCAA men's basketball selection committee, as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, on the NCAA golf committee and on the NCAA men's basketball rules committee.
Myers was also a recipient of the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award by the All-American Football Foundation and the Metropolitan Award by the NABC for his contributions to college basketball.
Prior his success in athletics administration, Myers spent 20 years leading the Red Raider basketball program where he remains the winningest coach in school history. After taking over midway through the 1970-71 season, he posted a 326-261 record and led the Red Raiders to 16 winning records, two conference championships and four NCAA Tournament berths during his tenure.
Myers also earned three letters as a member of the Texas Tech basketball team from 1956-59. His 86.9 free throw percentage in 1957-58 is still second in the all-time Texas Tech career record book. He earned his degree in education from Texas Tech in 1959 and a Master's Degree from Tech in 1965.
Myers is already a member of the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor, the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame and the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.
Keke Coutee became the school-record fifth Red Raider to be recognized with a Big 12 weekly award
Fresh off being named one of 10 semifinalists for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, Texas Tech junior wide receiver added another honor Monday as he was recognized as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week in a vote of media who cover the league.
Coutee, known typically for his work with the high-octane Red Raider offense, sparked Texas Tech from the get-go this past weekend against Baylor as he returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. It marked the first career kickoff return for a touchdown by Coutee and the first for a Red Raider since 2015.
Even more impressively, it was the first opening kickoff returned for a touchdown by a Red Raider since 1973 when Lawrence Williams went 95 yards to the end zone against New Mexico. Coutee was also just the third Big 12 player to ever find the end zone on an opening kickoff as he joined Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert (2013 vs. Kansas) and Missouri's Gahn McGaffie (2010 vs. Oklahoma).
The return was just the 12th of Coutee's career and the first since the Big 12 opener Sept. 30 against Oklahoma State. Baylor kicked around Coutee the rest of the game as it ultimately was his only return of the Red Raiders' 38-24 victory at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Coutee becomes the fifth Red Raider to receive a Big 12 weekly award this season alone, joining Ja'Deion High (Special Teams on Sept. 18), Dakota Allen (Defensive on Sept. 25), DaMarcus Fields (Newcomer on Oct. 2) and Desmond Nisby (Newcomer on Oct. 9). This is the first time in school history five different Red Raiders have been recognized with a conference weekly award.
In addition to his role on special teams, Coutee remains one of the top receivers in the country as he has caught a team-leading 71 passes for 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns. He is averaging 106.4 yards per game entering this weekend's tilt against TCU, a mark that ranks fifth nationally.
The Lufkin, Texas native ranks among the top 10 in every receiving category as he is fourth in receiving yards (1,064) and ninth in receiving touchdowns (9) and receptions per game (7.1). Of the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, Coutee is the only player to rank among the top-10 receivers nationally in all three categories as well as receiving yards per game.
Tech Announces $10 Million Gift for Basketball Facility
Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt announced Wednesday a $10 million gift to The Campaign for Fearless Champions that will be used to construct The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Practice Facility.
As part of the announcement, Hocutt recognized the Dusty and Leisha Womble family for their generous lead gift to the project while also presenting renderings for the proposed $23 million facility that will be built west of United Supermarkets Arena.
We are so thankful to the Womble family for their unwavering commitment to our basketball programs.
"We believe this gift will create the momentum needed to raise the additional funds necessary to break ground on what will be a truly remarkable facility. We can't thank Dusty and Leisha Womble enough, and we look forward to having their name on this incredible facility in the years to come."
As part of the proposed renderings, Texas Tech intends to construct one of the most modern and cutting-edge practice facilities in college basketball. The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Practice Facility will feature two practice courts, a strength and conditioning weight room, men's and women's basketball coaches' offices as well as sports medicine and nutrition areas.
The facility will be made possible by gifts to The Campaign for Fearless Champions, which has already funded 22 facility projects since its launch in August 2014. The campaign has also surpassed its goal of raising $10 million in student-athlete scholarship endowments as well as $5 million in endowments for the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Leadership Academy.
"My collegiate years at Texas Tech prepared me for a successful business career. This gift is my opportunity to say 'thank you' and to give back to the university that has provided so much for me and for my family," Womble said. "Prior to today, many great Red Raiders have laid the building blocks for athletics success. Now is our time to step up and further that vision Kirby has articulated in our Campaign for Fearless Champions.
This training facility will do much more than put Tech on equal footing with our peers. It will set the standard for what other universities can aspire to have.
The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Practice Facility will be located directly across Indiana Avenue, providing student-athletes and coaches quick access to nearby United Supermarkets Arena. Both the Texas Tech men's and women's basketball programs will move their day-to-day operations to the facility once completed, giving both teams 24-hour access throughout the year for student-athletes to practice and train.
"I speak for everyone in our program in thanking Dusty Womble and his family for this generous gift to Texas Tech University and to Red Raider Basketball," Tech men's basketball coach Chris Beard said. "This facility is a difference maker in our program and for the future of Texas Tech Basketball. It will be a tremendous asset for our current and future players. The facility will be a huge asset in both recruiting and in player development. I also want to thank all our past players and our coaches for their investment in our program. We all appreciate Dusty Womble and his vision for the future of Texas Tech Basketball."
This facility is a difference maker in our program and for the future of Texas Tech Basketball.
Most importantly, The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Practice Facility continues Texas Tech's investment into its basketball programs through philanthropic gifts to The Campaign for Fearless Champions.
Over the past year, Texas Tech has made significant renovations to United Supermarkets Arena with upgrades to the locker room, film areas and sports medicine facilities for both basketball teams as well as the volleyball program. In addition, Texas Tech also installed a new center-hung video board prior to the 2016-17 season that drastically improved the gameday environment.
"Our staff is so grateful to the Womble family for its support in providing our student-athletes with one of the top basketball practice facilities in the country," Lady Raider head coach Candi Whitaker said.
This facility will be instrumental in our player development as well as recruiting the nation's top players to our campus.
The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Practice Facility is one of seven remaining projects Hocutt outlined Oct. 20 during the ribbon cutting for the $48 million Sports Performance Center, one of the top multi-purpose facilities in the country that will impact each of Texas Tech's 450-plus student-athletes.
At the time, Hocutt simply stated The Campaign for Fearless Champions was far from over. In fact, the momentum created through the campaign had encouraged Texas Tech Athletics to think more broadly about its future.
The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Practice Facility will be the first project in the final stage of the campaign, which will also include renovations to the south end of Jones AT&T Stadium as well as Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park, the Football Training Facility, the McLeod Tennis Center and the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes. Texas Tech also has plans to construct a stand-alone dining hall on campus near the Frazier Alumni Pavilion.
"The Campaign for Fearless Champions has been lifted up by the generosity of so many donors," Hocutt said. "We are far from done. Today's gift marks another milestone in the campaign and provides us the momentum to move forward with continuing our vision for the future of Texas Tech Athletics."
Texas Tech Athletics concluded the 2016-17 year with an 82 percent Graduation Success Rate
Texas Tech Athletics registered its highest Graduation Success Rate in school history during the 2016-17 academic year according to data released Wednesday by the NCAA.
Texas Tech concluded the 2016-17 year with an 82 percent Graduation Success Rate among student-athletes, topping its previous high mark from a year before by a percentage point. This is the ninth-consecutive year where Texas Tech has maintained its score or improved from the year prior.
"We're proud of the success our student-athletes have made in the classroom," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "Our goal is to always give our student-athletes the tools to thrive on the playing field as well as the classroom. There are few better moments than when we see our student-athletes earn their degrees."
Texas Tech had nine programs either improve or maintain their GSR score from the previous year, led by men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's tennis and volleyball who were all at 100 percent. Baseball, men's track and field, soccer and softball, meanwhile, all held steady or improved their GSR scores.
Eight of Texas Tech's 13 athletic programs (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field are combined) had GSR rates that ranked among the top three in the Big 12 for their respective sports. In addition, those same eight programs all have GSR rates that are equal or higher than the national average for each sport.
This is the 16th year where GSR data has been collected as it was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the success of Division I student-athletes. The NCAA began gathering GSR data with the freshman class of 1995 and its latest release represents freshmen who enrolled in 2010.
The GSR takes into account the many different academic paths followed by today's college students. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. It also accounts for mid-year enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
By counting incoming transfer students and mid-year enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by approximately 37 percent. Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing.
Texas Tech student-athletes have a dedicated staff at the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes who guide each student-athlete to success from the time of enrollment to graduation. The Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes provides space for private study, computer labs, supplemental instruction classrooms and a private conferencing area for tutoring and mentoring appointments.
Assistant coach J-Bob Thomas awarded 19th annual assistant coach award
Texas Tech baseball assistant coach J-Bob Thomas was named American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year, it was announced today.
It is the first honor for Thomas and the first for a Texas Tech baseball coach in the 19 years of the distinguished award.
Coaching expertise, recruiting, loyalty to the program and respect for the players and the game are some of the many criteria examined when reviewing the candidates for ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year. After a nomination process, the final selection was made by the Baseball America Staff with the approval of the ABCA.
In 2017, Thomas wrapped his fifth season as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Red Raiders. Thomas works primarily with the Red Raider catchers and assists with the team's hitters.
The Red Raiders exceled at the plate last season, racking up a team batting average of .305, as eight in the starting lineup finished the year above the team average. It reflected in the overall results for the Red Raiders, as Tech put together a 45-17 record on the way to back-to-back Big 12 championships and the program's second consecutive NCAA National Seed.
Tech also picked up a trio of Big 12 Players of the Year in senior first baseman Hunter Hargrove (Co-Player), sophomore Steven Gingery (Pitcher) and freshman Josh Jung (Freshman). Gingery was also named College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year and was a unanimous first team All-American. Three more Red Raiders earned All-America or Freshman All-America accolades in 2017 in freshman Jung and Grant Little, as well as Hargrove, who also was also recognized as the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger honoree.
Last November, Thomas helped orchestrate the program's fourth-straight top-25 recruiting class, making all four signing classes under head coach Tim Tadlock to land a top-25 ranking. Among those classes, four signees were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft, which includes Josh Naylor, Trent Clark, Tony Santillan and Trevor Rogers.
Since Thomas' arrival to Lubbock on June 20, 2012, 29 players that have been recruited and signed under Thomas have been selected in the MLB Draft, including 17 taken in the first 15 rounds. Last year, five were taken in the top 15 rounds of the draft, with eight overall selected by professional squads.
Thomas will be honored and recognized during the Honors Luncheon at the ABCA Convention in Indianapolis on Jan. 4-7, 2018.
Griffin Earns Big 12 Freshman Of The Week
Texas Tech soccer's Ally Griffin has been named Big 12 Freshman of the Week, it was announced today.
It is the first conference honor of the year for the Southlake native.
Griffin, the first year forward, scored her team-high sixth goal of the year in Friday's regular season finale against Oklahoma last weekend. In the 39th minute of the first half, junior midfielder Carly Wickenheiser sent a perfect pass up through the Sooner defense to Griffin, who charged the net one-on-one and buried her shot in the back of the net.
It was Griffin's first goal since the Big 12 opener against Kansas State on Sept. 22 and her fifth game-winning score of the year. She finished Friday's match with three shots, two on net.
Griffin has started all 18 matches this season in the forward slot. She's racked up six goals and one assist for 13 points, including a multi-score day on the road against Arizona State on Sept. 8. Five of her six goals have been game-winners, with two coming in Big 12 play.
She leads the Red Raiders in nearly every offensive category: goals (six), points (13), shots (56), shots on goal (26) and game-winning goals (five). Tech has not lost this season when Griffin finds the back of the net.
Texas Tech unveiled the donor-funded, $48 million Sports Performance Center
The Sports Performance Center, which was funded entirely through philanthropic gifts to The Campaign for Fearless Champions, is among the first multi-sport venues in the country, providing Texas Tech student-athletes a state-of-the-art facility for daily training and competition.
The facility includes the Petersen Family Indoor Football Practice Facility, an indoor track and field competition complex with seating for 1,500 fans, a strength and conditioning area, the Becky and Kelly Joy Nutrition Center and the PlainsCapital Bank Sports Medicine Center.
"This is truly a remarkable facility," Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "We could have never dreamed to build a facility like this without the vision and generosity of our most loyal donors. The Sports Performance Center will impact each of our student-athletes as it is one of the best training and competition venues in intercollegiate athletics today."
The Sports Performance Center marks the most ambitious project to date of The Campaign for Fearless Champions, which has already funded 22 of 25 facilities projects, surpassed its goal of raising $10 million in student-athlete scholarship endowments and exceeded its goal of securing a $5 million endowment for the J.T. & Margaret Talkington Leadership Academy, a first-of-its-kind, leadership and career development program that prepares student-athletes for success after graduation.
"The Sports Performance Center epitomizes the difference that philanthropy can make in higher education," Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan said. "Donors at every level shared Kirby Hocutt's vision for a facility that prioritizes student-athlete safety, performance and wellness, and the impact of their gifts will be the foundation for a generation of competition and performance at Texas Tech."
The Texas Tech football program has been utilizing the Petersen Family Indoor Football Practice Facility since the start of preseason practices in August, providing head coach Kliff Kingsbury's team an indoor venue to practice in cases of high temperatures or inclement weather.
Beginning this January, the facility will host the nation's top track and field programs from across the country as Texas Tech will be among the few schools nationally to boast an indoor 200-meter banked track. Wes Kittley's track and field program will be able to host the premier collegiate events in the facility, including the Big 12 Indoor Championships as well as potentially the NCAA Championships.
The remainder of Texas Tech's more than 450 student-athletes will be impacted through other areas of the Sports Performance Center, notably the Becky and Kelly Joy Nutrition Center that will be the hub of for the athletic department's investment in nutrition and wellness.
The Sports Performance Center also boasts a new strength and conditioning center that matches the recent upgrades to weight rooms at the Football Training Facility and United Supermarkets Arena. In addition, the PlainsCapital Bank Sports Medicine Center will provide the Texas Tech sports medicine staff with first-class equipment to diagnose injuries as well as a rehab area to assist student-athletes in recovery.
"Texas Tech University has some of the best facilities in the country, which speaks to the quality and integrity of our program as well as the commitment of those who support us," Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said. "Today's grand opening is a national statement of that support and the leadership of Kirby Hocutt and his team."
The Sports Performance Center does not mark the completion of The Campaign for Fearless Champions. In fact, it has inspired an even bolder vision for the future.
"Because of the generosity of our donors, we are thinking broadly about the scope of this campaign," Hocutt said. "Our donors have challenged us to think about the future of our athletics program and how we can continue to educate, serve and grow Fearless Champions. We look forward to sharing more information regarding The Campaign for Fearless Champions."
"The Sports Performance Center is among the top indoor practice facilities in the country. The Petersen Family Indoor Football Facility has already had a tremendous impact on our program this season. Our staff and student-athletes are all thankful to the many donors and contributors who helped make this facility possible." – Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech head football coach
"We are so thankful to the many contributors who helped make this project possible. I know our student-athletes are excited to train and compete in what I describe as the premier indoor track and field facility in the country. We're very fortunate to have the loyal support of so many, and we can't wait to bring some of the top teams and athletes in the country to Lubbock, Texas, in the years to come." – Wes Kittley, Texas Tech track and field head coach
Kingsbury Heads to Texas H.S. Football Hall of Fame
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame announced Wednesday afternoon that Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury will be a member of the 2018 induction class to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
Kingsbury is one of two Red Raider greats set for induction this spring as former running back Bobby Cavazos will also be part of the six-player class that features Brad Dusek (Temple H.S.), Ken Washington (Port Arthur Lincoln H.S.), Tommy Jeter (Deer Park H.S.) and Johnathan Gray (Aledo H.S.).
Before rewriting the Tech record book as the quarterback of the Red Raiders, Kingsbury became a passing legend at his hometown New Braunfels High School. Kingsbury threw for 3,009 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior to lead New Braunfels to the Class 5A Division II state semifinals just one year after finishing 4-8 overall.
New Braunfels finished Kingsbury's 1997 senior season with a 13-2 record, which included six come-from-behind victories. The successful season earned Kingsbury, who was also an academic all-state selection in high school, a scholarship offer from then Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes.
Kingsbury set 39 school records as well seven NCAA FBS marks during his career leading the Red Raider passing attack as he threw for 12,429 yards and 95 touchdowns over his four-year career from 1999-2002. Kingsbury threw for 5,017 yards and 45 touchdowns during his 2002 senior year alone, earning him Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors as well as the Sammy Baugh Trophy.
Kingsbury, who was coached in high school by his father Tim Kingsbury, became the 15th head coach in Texas Tech history in 2013 as he is the only former Red Raider to return as head coach in program history.
Cavazos, meanwhile, was a three-sport athlete at Kingsville High School where he was twice named All-South Texas by the Kingsville Record. Cavazos' prep success led him to Texas Tech where he rushed for a then school record 2,278 yards and 35 touchdowns from 1951-53.
He earned second team Associated Press All-America honors following his senior season in 1953 where he rushed for 898 yards and 16 touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the Gator Bowl.
Members of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame are selected by a statewide committee made up of sportswriters, high school football coaches and members of the Texas High School Hall of Fame Board of Trustees.
Nisby Tabbed Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
Texas Tech junior running back Desmond Nisby was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday, marking the fourth-consecutive week a Red Raider has won a conference weekly award.
Nisby follows in the shoes of teammates Ja'Deion High (Special Teams on Sept. 18), Dakota Allen (Defensive on Sept. 25) and DaMarcus Fields (Newcomer on Oct. 2) as Red Raiders who have been selected for a conference weekly award this season by a media panel that regularly covers the league.
Dating back to the league's creation prior to the 1996 season, Tech had not previously garnered a Big 12 weekly award over four-consecutive weeks during the conference's history. In addition, this is the first time since 2009 where four different Red Raiders have been honored in the same season.
Nisby was dominant last Saturday in Tech's 65-19 rout over Kansas, rushing for a career-high 93 yards to go along with four touchdowns on the ground. Nisby found the endzone three times in the first half alone, marking the first time a Red Raider had rushed for three touchdowns in a half since Baron Batch did so in the 2009 meeting against Kansas.
Nisby's four rushing touchdowns overall, meanwhile, were the most for a Red Raider in a game since DeAndre Washington put together a similar performance against TCU in 2015. Nisby is the only Big 12 player to record four or more touchdowns in a game so far this season.
With his four touchdowns against the Jayhawks, Nisby has now found the endzone six times over the last three games. He leads the Red Raiders with six total touchdowns this year entering Saturday's clash at West Virginia.
Nisby's first touchdown of the afternoon came on a 47-yard streak up the middle that gave Tech an early 14-0 lead. It was the longest run of the season for Nisby, who also carried for 8, 1 and 15 yard touchdown runs in the victory.
Nisby's 93 yards were part of a big day on the ground for the Red Raiders as Tech rushed for 313 yards as a team, its most in a game since facing New Mexico in 2012. Justin Stockton led Tech with a career-high 161 yards and a touchdown while Tre King and Demarcus Felton added 40 and 31 rushing yards, respectively.
The victory over Kansas propelled Tech to 4-1 this season and 1-1 in Big 12 play, earning the 24th-ranked Red Raiders their first appearance in the Associated Press top-25 poll since 2013. Tech is off to a 4-1 start to its season for the first time since that 2013 season.
Tech Moves Into Top 25 Rankings at No. 24 in AP Poll
Texas Tech is back in the national rankings for the first time since 2013
Fresh off its 65-19 rout of Kansas, Texas Tech returned to the national rankings for the first time since 2013 Sunday as the Red Raiders are ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press poll.
The Red Raiders, who are also receiving votes in the Amway Coaches poll, moved into the top-25 rankings for the first time since Nov. 3, 2013, when Tech was ranked No. 25 by the AP and No. 23 by the coaches. Tech had previously been receiving votes in at least one of the two polls over the last five weeks.
Following its win over the Jayhawks, Tech is off to its best start to a season since that 2013 campaign when the Red Raiders opened with seven-straight wins. In addition to the Kansas victory, Tech has wins over Eastern Washington (56-10), Arizona State (52-45) and Houston (27-24), the final of which came in an impressive performance on the road.
Fields Collects Big 12 Newcomer of the Week Honors
Texas Tech redshirt freshman defensive back DaMarcus Fields was recognized as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday for his play last weekend against No. 15 Oklahoma State.
Fields' selection marks the third-straight week a Red Raider has earned a Big 12 weekly award as Ja'Deion High was named the Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 18 while Dakota Allen garnered the top defensive award on Sept. 25.
Fields, a native of Taylor, Texas, sparked the Red Raiders early in their primetime tilt against Oklahoma State as he put Texas Tech on the board via a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown. The interception was the first of Fields' career.
Fields' pick-six is believed to be the longest interception return for a touchdown by a Red Raider since Ring of Honor member Dave Parks set the school record after scoring off a 98-yard return against Colorado in 1962.
The interception marked the second-straight week Fields has caused a turnover as he forced and then recovered a fumble on a punt return in the final moments of Tech's win at Houston. Fields is responsible for two of Tech's 10 turnovers already this season.
In addition to his interception, Fields also notched a career high five tackles along with a pass breakup in what was just his second career start in the secondary. He has recorded seven of his nine tackles this season in the last two weeks alone.
Federal Judge part of JT King Reunion this weekend.
Life has been nothing short of an adventure for former Red Raider linebacker and current U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell.
He's been a Division-I linebacker. He's served active duty with the U.S. Army. He's been a practicing lawyer. He's been elected to the Texas legislature. And since 2003, he's been a U.S. District Judge.
All those titles don't touch the surface on a man who is also an avid runner, bicyclist, ski patrolman and mountain climber, all of which he remains actively involved in even after recently turning 70.
This weekend, Junell's life story will be one of several told as former football student-athletes during the JT King era (1961-69) return to Lubbock for a reunion hosted by the Double T Varsity Club.
"This is a special weekend," said Rodney Allison, director of the Double T Varsity Club. "You can look at the accomplishments from former athletes like Judge Junell or John Scovall and how important their careers at Tech were to making them who they are today. We look forward to these types of reunions every year."
Junell enrolled at Texas Tech prior to the 1967 season, King's third-to-last as the Red Raider head coach. A Lubbock native, Junell joined his hometown team after two seasons at New Mexico Military Institute, serving mainly on kickoff coverage in 1967 before claiming a starting spot at linebacker a year later.
He was part of several memorable moments in Tech history during those two seasons, beginning with the Red Raiders' 19-13 victory over No. 8 Texas in just Junell's second game as a Red Raider. The win in front of 66,000 fans in Austin marked Tech's first in the state capital as the Red Raiders went on to finish 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the early years of the Southwest Conference.
The Red Raiders bookmarked the end of the 1967 season with another road win – this time at Arkansas. Tech opened the 1968 season – Junell's senior year – with another victory over the Longhorns as the Red Raiders took down Texas, 31-22, in front of 50,167 fans in Lubbock, the first home crowd of over 50,000 in school history.
"That was the last game Texas lost (to Tech) for a long time," Junell said of the 1968 game against the Longhorns. "It was quite a game and one I still remember to this day."
Allen Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Texas Tech junior linebacker Dakota Allen was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after he led the Red Raiders with a team-high 12 tackles and an interception in last weekend's 27-24 victory at Houston.
Allen is the first Red Raider to garner Defensive Player of the Week honors since Jah'Shawn Johnson did so on Sept. 21, 2015. His selection marks the second-consecutive week a Red Raider has been chosen as Ja'Deion High was recognized as the top special teams standouts following Tech's win over Arizona State.
Allen, a native of Humble, Texas, made an immediate impact for a stingy Red Raider defense, picking off Houston quarterback Kyle Allen on the Cougars' first possession of the game. It was the first of five takeaways for the Red Raiders, their most in a game since facing Kansas in 2008.
Allen was also instrumental in limiting Houston to just 110 yards on the ground with his 12 tackles, eight of which were solo takedowns. Allen has now reached double digits for tackles in each of the last two games and six times over his Red Raider career.
In addition to his role stuffing the run game, Allen was in Houston's backfield regularly on passing downs with two quarterback hurries. Both of his quarterback hurries led to key third-down incompletions, forcing Houston to punt each time.
Following his performance, Allen now ranks second in the Big 12 and 36th nationally, averaging 9.0 tackles per game. He leads the Red Raiders with 27 tackles altogether, two more than both Jordyn Brooks and Jah'Shawn Johnson.
Shimonek Named Earl Campbell Award Player of the Week
Texas Tech senior quarterback Nic Shimonek was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Player of the Week on Tuesday following his 543 yard, six touchdown performance this past weekend against Arizona State.
The weekly award is the first in Shimonek's career. He is already a member of the Earl Campbell Award's preseason watch list for the nation's top offensive player with ties to the state of Texas.
Shimonek was once again accurate leading the Red Raider offense as he completed 37-of-50 passes (74 percent) in a 52-45 victory over the Sun Devils. The Mildred, Texas native set career highs for passing yards, touchdowns, completions and attempts in the win, which improved Tech to 2-0 on the year.
Most impressively, Shimonek helped engineer Tech's game-winning touchdown, leading the Red Raiders 90 yards down the field on 12 plays late in the fourth quarter. Shimonek completed 4-of-6 passes for 56 yards on that drive before Dylan Cantrell snuck into the endzone on a 3-yard touchdown run with just 1:55 remaining on the clock.
High Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Texas Tech senior Ja'Deion High was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday in a vote by media who regularly cover the league.
High, who earned his first Big 12 weekly award, came up with a key punt block just before halftime in Tech's victory this past Saturday over Arizona State. High raced up the middle of Arizona State's protection and blocked a Michael-Sleep-Dalton punt that set up a Red Raider scoring drive.
The Red Raiders started their next drive at the Arizona State 27 yard line, giving the high-octane Tech offense a short field to travel for a touchdown in the final minute of the half. Tech found the endzone via a Nic Shimonek 14-yard pass to Dylan Cantrell to take a 35-17 lead at the break.
High's blocked punt marked Tech's first since current Detroit Lions defensive lineman Kerry Hyder got his hand on an Oklahoma State punt attempt in 2013. Tech is one of just two schools in the Big 12 to block a punt so far this season and one of 17 nationally to do so.
In addition to his blocked punt, High also recorded a tackle in his role on kickoff coverage. He played on three of Tech's special teams units against the Sun Devils while also seeing considerable time at wide receiver.
High, a native of Hereford, Texas, is the first Red Raider to garner Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors since Michael Barden claimed the award late in the 2016 season (Nov. 14). He is the first non-kicker to be honored since Jakeem Grant received the honor twice during the 2015 campaign.
- 70 student-athletes were named to the President’s List for the 2016-2017 Academic Year
- 121 student-athletes were named to the Dean’s List for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
- 89 student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA for the 2016- 2017 Academic Year.
- 343 student-athletes earned at least 3.0 GPA during the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
- 88 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 honors during the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
- 5 sports (Men’s Golf, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Cross-Country, Women’s Golf, and Women’s Tennis) maintained or improved their APR from last year.
- Women’s Tennis has 6 years in a row with multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 1000. Recognized for being top 10 percentile nationally in their sport.
- 5 sports (Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, and Volleyball) have a 100% on the Graduate Success Rate (GSR).
- 10 sports (Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf, Soccer, Softball, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Track, and Volleyball) are above 80% on the Graduate Success Rate (GSR).
- 81% is the overall GSR for all sports for the 2006-2009 Cohorts. In comparison, the GSR for the 2005-2008 Cohorts for all sports was 79%.
ACADEMIC ALL BIG-12 STUDENT-ATHLETES
- 102 Student-athletes were nominated for the Academic All Big-12 Conference Team following the 2016-2017 academic year.
Hurly Long Claims Carmel Cup Title In Historic Fashion
The 2017 Carmel Cup produced a weekend Texas Tech senior Hurly Long will remember for a long time.
The Mannheim, Germany, native polished off a historic weekend with a five-under 67 to complete a weekend score of 197 (69-61-67), the best three-day score in Texas Tech history, with that second-round 61 breaking the course record at Pebble Beach.
However, it was only enough to force a playoff.
Long went back-and-forth with Oklahoma State's Hayden Wood and actually trailed Wood by a shot as the pair hit the turn. However, Long carded birdies on 11, 13, 15 and 18 to force Wood into a playoff. From there, Long took the individual title on the first playoff hole.
Long's title is the 22nd individual tournament win under Tech head coach Greg Sands, and the second-straight individual win at the Carmel Cup for the Red Raiders, after Fredrik Nilehn took the title in 2016.
"Just overall a fantastic weekend," Sands said. "The only thing that could have made it better would be a team title, but I'm so proud of the guys. Hurly will get a lot of the credit, and he should, for an unbelievable performance. However, this was truly a team effort as well. Three top-15 finishes in a field as strong as this makes for a great weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing where this team goes from here."
The No. 22 Red Raiders (-38) took second as a team, finishing behind No. 1 Oklahoma State, but well ahead of both No. 2 Vanderbilt and the defending NCAA Champion, No. 3 Oklahoma. It's the fourth-straight season in which the Red Raiders have beaten either the nation's No. 1 or No. 2 team in a fall tournament.
Sophomore Sandy Scott went 69-67-71 to finish 10th, at -9, and Nilehn's card read 71-69-69 (-7), good enough to tie for 13th. Wes Artac (-1) tied for 30th, Ivan Ramirez (+2) took 33rd and Kyle Hogan (+8) tied for 39th.
Hurly Long Breaks Course Record At Pebble Beach
MONTEREY, Calif. – The Pebble Beach Golf Links have been around for 99 years, hosting five U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship over that time period, while establishing a reputation as one of the world's premier golf courses.
After today's second round of the Carmel Cup, no one has ever turned in a better score at Pebble Beach than Texas Tech's Hurly Long.
Long fired a remarkable 11-under 61 to lead the way on what was a memorable record-breaking day for the No. 22 Texas Tech men's golf team.
Long not only carded 10 birdies to just one bogey on Saturday, he also logged an eagle on the par-5 sixth. His 61 is also tied for the lowest individual round in Tech history with Finley Ewing, who posted a 61 at the 2012 Royal Oaks International. Long, now -14 for the tournament, carries the overall individual lead into the final round.
"There aren't words to describe it," Tech head coach Greg Sands said. "A course like this, to have one of our guys come in here and break Tom Kite's course record is phenomenal. This is easily one of the best, if not the best, days I have seen from a player in my 17 years of coaching."
Texas Tech Athletics partnered with Nancy Lieberman Charities and the Worldventures Foundation in an unveiling ceremony on Monday
With the help of local partners, Texas Tech athletics participated with Nancy Lieberman Charities and the Worldventures Foundation to unveil the city of Lubbock's new Dream Court on Monday.
The ceremony was held at Mae Simmons Park on Oak Avenue in East Lubbock. Men's basketball head coach Chris Beard emceed the event. Lieberman was joined by Associate Athletics Director and Head Coach Emerita Marsha Sharp was joined by women's basketball head coach Candi Whitaker and women's basketball director of player development Sheryl Swoopes for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
About Nancy Lieberman Charities and the Worldventures Foundation
The Nancy Lieberman Charities is a 501 (c)3 organization funded by charitable donations and committed to promoting and developing healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for young girls and boys. Nancy Lieberman Charities is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that educational and sports opportunities exist for economically disadvantaged youth. Approximately 85% of the students that we serve with our basketball camps, clinics, Dream Courts, college scholarships, and school supply programs, throughout the United States, are from low-to-moderate income families.
With the DreamCourts program, Nancy Lieberman has fulfilled her dream of collaborating with WorldVentures Foundation to build high-quality basketball courts in disadvantaged areas, with minimal material expenditure or construction costs. The goal of the DreamCourts program is to provide children in underprivileged communities with a safe area to play basketball, participate in free basketball clinics, interact socially, and learn important lessons about teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Sasser Selected for SWC Hall of Fame
Former Texas Tech basketball standout Jason Sasser was named as one of nine members to the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame Class of 2017 announced by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Sasser, the 1996 Southwest Conference Player of the Year and three-time All-SWC First-Team honoree, ranks fourth on Texas Tech's all-time scoring list with 2,104 career points. He also garnered consensus All-America Third-Team honors and was a Wooden Award Finalist in 1995-96. The Red Raiders piled up a program-best 30-2 record, an undefeated SWC mark and advanced to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 during Sasser's senior campaign.
Sasser is the seventh member of Texas Tech's basketball program to be chosen to the SWC Hall of Fame. He joins Rick Bullock (2013), Bubba Jennings (2014), Dub Malaise (2014), Gerald Myers (2014), Polk Robinson (2014) and Will Flemons (2017). Flemons was announced as part of Tech's 10-member SWC Hall of Fame class in July.
Sasser sits as the only player in program history to amass over 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals. He racked up a streak of 71 consecutive games in doubles figures, the longest streak for a Red Raider dating back to the 1956-57 season. The Dallas native currently checks in second in free throws made (554), fourth in field goals made (736), fifth in rebounds (895), eighth in steals (144) and 12th in assists (307) inside the Texas Tech record book. Sasser also notched 34 double-doubles, third-best in program history since 1972-73.
The SWC Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within the Texas Sports Hall of Fame located in Waco. The 2017 induction ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. luncheon on Monday, October 2 in Fort Worth at the Brown-Lupton University Union on the TCU campus. To reserve event ticket or access sponsorship information, contact the Texas Sports Hall of Fame at (800) 567-9561.
NBO Golf Classic: Clement Sordet wins Viking Challenge on ‘Road to Oman’
With only nine more events until the Road to Oman concludes with the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, Clement Sordet cruised to his third European Challenge Tour title by carding a final round of 67 to win the inaugural edition of the Viking Challenge by five shots at Miklagard Golf in Norway.
Heavy rain earlier in the week had caused the competition to be reduced to 54 holes.
Sordet began the final day with a share of the lead, but after four birdies in his first six holes, the Frenchman moved into a commanding position that he would not relinquish.
The 24 year old, whose previous Challenge Tour victories came at the 2015 Northern Ireland Open and the 2016 Turkish Airlines Challenge, did see his lead reduced to two after making a double bogey on the par four 14th – his only blemish of the day.
But after consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th Sordet went into the final two holes with a four-shot cushion.
A par at the last handed Sordet a third Challenge Tour victory in three years – and meant the Frenchman sealed his place in next week’s Rolex Trophy.
“I am delighted to get into the Rolex Trophy, It feels amazing! I got a tough break on 14 but then I made back-to-back birdies – it was great to be able to bounce back like that.”
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Tech Celebrates 16 Student-Athletes Earning Degrees
Texas Tech Athletics is pleased to announce that 16 student-athletes will earn their degrees during the university's commencement ceremonies held Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena.
Each of the 16 student-athletes graduating this weekend will walk the stage wearing a special red stole that signifies the individual's status as a student-athlete. The red stoles are part of a new athletics tradition that debuted this past spring and will continue to be presented to graduating student-athletes prior to each ceremony.
"It's always an exciting time when you see your student-athletes earn their degrees," Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "We're proud of their accomplishments in the classroom, and I know their friends and family will enjoy watching them receive their diplomas this weekend."
Among the list of graduates are eight football student-athletes, five of which are currently participating in preseason practices. Dylan Cantrell, Talor Nunez, Kisean Allen, Cameron Batson and Zach Barnes will all earn their diplomas this weekend with a season of eligibility still remaining.
They will be joined by recently departed seniors Paul Banks III, Payton Hendrix and Baylen Brown during commencement exercises. Batson will receive his degree with honors after majoring in management through the Rawls College of Business.
The list of graduates also includes men's tennis standouts Hugo Dojas and Carlos DiLaura, track and field athletes Amani Nesmith, Michael Samuels and Kareem McBride as well as volleyball's Victoria Hinneburg. Chris Beard's men's basketball program will also have two graduates in Devon Thomas and Matthew Temple.
Barker Claims Idaho Women's Amateur Title
Texas Tech senior golfer Gabby Barker claimed her third Idaho Women's Amateur Championship title this past weekend after blistering the Ridgecrest Golf Club with a 12-under 204 card, the lowest score in tournament history.
Barker, who previously won her home state's top amateur tournament in 2013 and 2014, topped the rest of the field by 16 strokes thanks to an under-par score in all three rounds. She started the 54-hole event with a 2-under 70 that was followed by a bogey-free 7-under card, which tied the course record.
The Caldwell, Idaho native closed the tournament with a 3-under round, which was boosted by an eagle at the par-4 15th. Barker posted three of the tournament's four total under-par rounds with the other coming from third-place finisher Kinsley Bonfilio over the final 18 holes.
"It's always fun playing in tournaments back home," Barker said. "I get to play with all of the people I played with in junior golf and play some of my favorite courses. Getting out on a course like Ridgecrest and posting a good score is always a good confidence boost."
U.S. Women's Open Field to Feature Arvidsson, Kaufman
The U.S. Women's Open will feature a pair of Lady Raiders this weekend as Texas Tech women's golf alumnae Elin Arvidsson and Kim Kaufman will be among the 156 players vying for the Harton S. Semple Trophy.
Arvidsson will be among the first golfers to tee off Thursday morning as she is paired in the 5:56 a.m. CT grouping with amateur Brooke Seay and Angel Yin. Kaufman will be in the afternoon wave as she begins her round from the No. 10 tee at 12:58 p.m. alongside Catriona Matthew and Suyeon Jang.
Kaufman will move to the morning session Friday with a 7:13 a.m. tee time to start the second round, while Arvidsson is slated for an 11:41 a.m. start. The U.S. Open is being played at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
"It's so exciting to have two of our former players in the U.S. Open," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "We wish them all the best and continued success. I look forward to following them this week."
Ten Red Raiders to be Inducted Into SWC Hall of Fame
The likes of Larry Hays, Rodney Allison, Alicia Thompson and Will Flemons will join the all-time greats in the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame this September as part of a 10-member class of former Texas Tech student-athletes.
The quartet joins fellow Red Raider standouts in Marcus Coleman (football), Byron Hanspard (football), Thomas Howard (football), James Mays (track and field), Ruben Garcia (baseball) and Robert McKinney (men's golf) as part of the 10-member induction class.
The SWC Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within the Texas Sports Hall of Fame located in Waco. Members of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame are automatically included in the SWC Hall of Fame.
The 2017 induction class will be enshrined during a Sept. 2 luncheon prior to the Red Raider football season opener against Eastern Washington. The luncheon begins at 11 a.m. in the City Bank Room at United Supermarkets Arena.
June 17, 2017
Gingery Becomes First Unanimous First Team All-American
Texas Tech baseball's Steven Gingery was named a Rawlings First Team All-American by the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on Saturday afternoon, giving him six accolades for his performance during the 2017 season.
With the award, Gingery becomes the first Red Raider in school history to be named a unanimous First Team All-American. He is also the sixth Tech student-athlete to earn six All-America honors over their Red Raider careers, as Josh Bard, Keith Ginter & Shane Wright hold the most with seven.
Gingery is the first Red Raider to earn six first team nods not only over a collegiate career, but in a single season.
Jung Snags PG/Rawlings Freshman All-America Award
Texas Tech baseball's Josh Jung has been named a Perfect Game/Rawlings Freshman All-American honoree, it was announced today.
It is the second Freshman All-America accolade for the San Antonio third baseman, who was also named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper freshman squad on June 7. Last week, fellow first year teammate Grant Little was posted to the NCBWA Freshman All-America squad, giving Tech eight freshman awards in five years under head coach Tim Tadlock and his staff.
Jung's award marks the second-straight year a Red Raider has received first team recognition, as RHP Davis Martin was named to the team in 2016.
Jung started in all 62 games at third base for the Red Raiders in 2017. He compiled a .306 average at the plate, racking up 75 hits, including 14 doubles, two triples and six homers. He also recorded 43 RBI and 55 runs scored, one off the team-best mark, which was also second in the Big 12.
Hargrove Harbors Collegiate Slugger Award
Texas Tech baseball's Hunter Hargrove has been named the inaugural winner of the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award (BBCSA), it was announced today.
Hargrove will be honored at a gala, presented by the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, on Sept. 26 at the Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth. The award is based on performance at the plate, academics and personal integrity.
Hargrove, from Mansfield, led the Red Raiders with a .343 batting average in 2017. He also held the team's top marks in hits (84), doubles (26) and runs (56), while also driving in 51 RBI. A three-year letterwinner, Hargrove leaves Tech with 139 hits, 91 RBI and 82 runs scored for a career batting average of .315.
His 26 doubles in 2017 were tied for fifth-most in a single season by a Red Raider, matching Clint Bryant in 1996. His total also led the Big 12 and ranked third in the NCAA this season. The Big 12 Player of the Year's hit figures and runs scored numbers both placed second among conference competition this year.
Tech Trio Earns ABCA All-Region Awards
Texas Tech baseball's Steven Gingery, Hunter Hargrove and Orlando Garcia have been named to the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Midwest Region teams, it was announced today.
Gingery was placed on the Midwest All-Region First Team, while Hargrove & Garcia garnered second team accolades. It is the first time each of the three Texas Tech student-athletes have been honored by the ABCA.
Tech's three selections are the most Red Raiders to appear on the All-Region lists since Josh Bard, Keith Ginter and Shane Wright earned the nods in 1998. Tech has had seven Red Raiders appear on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region teams under head coach Tim Tadlock and his staff.
June 14, 2017
Gingery Gathers National Pitcher Of The Year Accolade
Texas Tech baseball's Steven Gingery has been awarded National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation, it was announced today.
It is the first time a Red Raider has been selected for the award, which will be presented by the College Baseball Foundation in July in Miami in conjunction with the MLB All-Star Game festivities.
The 2017 trophy case for the Huntington Beach, California, lefty is starting to fill up, as he was honored as the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year at the end of the conference slate. He also garnered first team All-America nods by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, making him the 98th overall All-American in school history and the 16th under head coach Tim Tadlock and his staff.
In his second season in the scarlet & black, Gingery was masterful on the mound, racking up a 10-1 record over 15 starts. Through 91.1 innings, he allowed only 21 runs, 16 earned, for an ERA of 1.58. He struck out a team-best 107, while holding opposing batters to a measly .186 at the plate.
Tech Duo Taken By Texas Squads On Day Two Of MLB Draft
Texas Tech baseball's Parker Mushinski and Tanner Gardner had their names called by teams in their home state on day two of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.
Junior left-handed pitcher Parker Mushinki was selected in the seventh round, 211th overall by the Houston Astros, while junior outfielder Tanner Gardner was picked by the Texas Rangers with the 284th pick in the ninth round. Both were undrafted coming out of high school.
Mushinski and Gardner are the 10th and 11th Red Raiders picked in the top 10 rounds of the MLB Draft in five years under head coach Tim Tadlock and his staff. Tech has had at least one draft pick taken in the eighth round or earlier in each of the last six years.
Tech Has Three More Drafted On Final Day
Three more members of the Texas Tech baseball team were selected on the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total to eight overall picked by eight different MLB squads.
Junior left-handed pitcher Jacob Patterson was the first Red Raider taken on Wednesday afternoon, drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 394th pick in the 13th round. Junior shortstop Orlando Garcia (456th overall) was picked in the 15th round by the San Francisco Giants, while senior Hunter Hargrove (751st overall) was chosen by the Oakland Athletics in the 25th round.
Tech has had 30 student-athletes selected in the MLB Draft in five years under head coach Tim Tadlock and his staff. All five Red Raiders taken in this year's draft came to Lubbock undrafted out of high school.
RED RAIDERS SELECTIONS – 2017 MLB DRAFT
- Trevor Rogers (signee) – 1st Round (13 overall) – Miami Marlins
- Parker Mushinski – 7th Round (211 overall) – Houston Astros
- Tanner Gardner – 9th Round (284 overall) – Texas Rangers
- Jacob Patterson – 13th Round (394 overall) – St. Louis Cardinals
- Orlando Garcia – 15th Round (456 overall) – San Francisco Giants
- Cordell Dunn (signee) – 19th Round (579 overall) – Toronto Blue Jays
- Hunter Hargrove – 25th Round (751 overall) – Oakland Athletics
- Cody Masters (signee) – 40th Round (1211 overall) – Boston Red Sox
June 13, 2017
Texas Tech Mourns Loss Of B.R. "Rip" Griffin
Texas Tech Athletics mourns the loss of B.R. "Rip" Griffin, who passed away late last week at the age of 88.
Griffin, born in 1929, was a lifelong supporter of the Texas Tech Athletic program after graduating from the university with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1955. Before Tech, he graduated from Lubbock High School in 1948 and served for four years in the U.S. Army. During his time in the military, Griffin played baseball for a traveling oil league in towns such as Levelland, Brownfield and Denver City, before being discharged in 1953.
"Rip Griffin had a vision and commitment to Texas Tech baseball that precedes our current run of success," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "His extraordinary support will always be noticed and remembered every time we step foot inside Rip Griffin Park."
After leaving the service, Griffin enrolled at Texas Tech as a business administration major, while also hauling gasoline on the weekends and keeping books in the evening for a trailer company.
He and his son, Mark, turned a three-pump gasoline station on Avenue A built in 1962 into a nationwide chain of upscale truck stops that catered to the modern trucker. The father and son assembled a multimillion dollar company from the travel centers, petroleum and gas ventures, construction and a myriad of other enterprises.
"The news of Rip Griffin passing away reminds us all how fortunate we are to have known such a great man," Texas Tech head baseball coach Tim Tadlock said. "The mark that Rip has left in our community, at Texas Tech and for our program will never be forgotten and will continue to make an impact. The Griffin family is in all of our thoughts and prayers."
When fans drive around Texas Tech's campus, they are greeted by the silver lettering of "Rip Griffin Park" that sits in front of the home of Red Raider baseball. Dan Law Field had been the previous name of the park from 1988-2011, but an anonymous donor in 2012, who helped contribute toward the $5 million renovation, requested the name go to Rip Griffin.
Since the name change to "Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park," the stadium has housed over 4,700 fans on any given midweek or weekend game from the February to June months. Average and total attendance figures have increased every year since 2012, as the ballpark has become one of the premier venues in college baseball.
In 2006, Griffin was presented with the 2006 Heritage Award, which is given by the Double T Varsity Club to letterwinners who go on to distinguish themselves in life after Texas Tech Athletics.
June 13, 2017
FCA Mission Trip: Texas Tech in Haiti
Last month, 14 Texas Tech student-athletes took part in a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Haiti for a one-week mission trip.
Eleven soccer players, two women's basketball players and a volleyball player were part of the group that was headed by FCA women's athletic chaplain Brandi Cantrell.
"I am so proud of our student athletes. Their energy, attitude and effort the whole week was beyond expectation," Cantrell said. "I think it speaks to the quality and high character of the student athletes that we have at Tech. They loved and served so well in situations and circumstances that we sometimes difficult and out of their comfort zones."
The group went to Haiti with the Mission of Hope, an organization that supports villages in Haiti. They visited with the people of Haiti and children and anything else they could help with.
"We painted houses for villagers during our trip. We would go into the village and the pastor would choose a person to have their house painted," volleyball student athlete Sarah Redding said. "They would pick out the color and we would paint the house for them."
The student-athletes also got to enjoy the culture and people of Haiti.
"This trip to Haiti has truly transformed my life in so many ways," soccer student athlete Gabbie Puente said.
May 23, 2017
Hargrove, Gingery, Jung Earn Individual Big 12 Honors
The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team had a great showing on the regular season voting ballot, picking up 12 awards from the Big 12 for their play during the regular season.
For the second-straight year, the Player of the Year title stayed in Lubbock, as senior Hunter Hargrove earned the award. Sophomore left-hander Steven Gingery received the program's first Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honor and freshman infielder Josh Jung brought home Freshman of the Year.
No other school had more than one student-athlete recognized among the four awards.
May 20, 2017
No. 4 Tech Wins Big 12 Title With Sweep Of Kansas
With a strikeout from No. 42, No. 4 Texas Tech baseball swept Kansas, 9-4, to win game No. 42 and claim the program's second-straight Big 12 regular season championship on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out senior day crowd at Rip Griffin Park.
It was the sixth conference title in program history and the first time to earn back-to-back regular season crowns. In 1997 & 1998, Tech won the season championship and the tournament title, respectively.
With Sunday's win, the Red Raiders (42-13, 16-8) were the only team in conference play to sweep the Jayhawks (29-26, 11-13) in the 2017 season. Tech swept its first and last Big 12 series of the year, while taking four of the other six conference sets en route to a 16-victory Big 12 season.
The win also guaranteed Tech the No. 1 seed at next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
May 19, 2017
TICKET PUNCHED! No. 6 Women’s Tennis Advances to Elite 8
The No. 6 Women's Tennis team punched their ticket to the NCAA Elite 8 for the first time in program history as they defeated No. 11 Auburn, 4-2, Friday afternoon.
Gabriela Talaba and Felicity Maltby gave the Lady Raiders (27-4) a 1-0 advantage in doubles play with a 6-2 win on court two. Doubles pair Sabrina Federici and Sarah Dvorak dropped a 6-3 decision on court one before the Tigers clinched the doubles point with a 7-5 win on court three.
The Lady Raiders have only lost the doubles point eight times this season and have a 5-3 record when doing so.
No. 58 Maltby tied the match, 1-1, with a two-set victory (6-1, 6-0) over No. 29 Andie Dikosavljevic on court two. The win is her sixth win over a ranked opponent this season.
Auburn took a 2-1 lead as Alannah Griffin defeated Sarah Dvorak in straight sets (6-3, 6-2). It was all Texas Tech from there.
Federici battled to a 7-5, 6-0 win on court four over Georgia Axon just before Katelyn Jackson took a 7-5, 6-2 win over Auburn's Caroline Turner.
It came down to third sets on courts one and three.
After dropping 6-4 in the opening set, No. 9 Talaba took back-to-back sets over No. 17 Alizee Michaud (6-2, 6-0) to clinch the match and the spot in the Elite 8 for the Lady Raiders.
Texas Tech will face No. 3 Ohio State in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT.
May 18, 2017
Keter Named Big 12 Outstanding Performer of the Year
Benard Keter was titled the Outstanding Performer of the Year, as announced by the Big 12 Conference this afternoon.
"I'm really proud of the effort he showed at Big 12, winning both the steeplechase and the 5k" Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "That was the best meet that I've seen him have as a Red Raider… not because the times, but how he competed. Benard really put it on the line and gave our team a boost."
This is the third conference honor claimed by Keter in the past week, and the fourth during his 2016-17 track & field and cross country season.
"What a nice honor for Benard," Head Cross Country Coach Jon Murray said. "It is a testimony to the hard work, competitiveness and dedication he shows every day. He has been a strong team leader for us on the track and winning two Big 12 championships was a great way for him to finish his last Big 12 meet."
May 13, 2017
No. 6 Women's Tennis is Sweet 16 Bound
The No. 6 Women's Tennis team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third straight year as Texas Tech defeated No. 44 Denver, 4-1, at the McLeod Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Raiders, now 26-4 on the year, broke the school record for most team wins in a single season.
May 13, 2017
Bouwer Claims Conference Crown
Texas Tech track & field started off strong on day one of the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Rock Chalk Park, ending the day with a conference champion title.
Freshman Werner Bouwer exerted a throw of 69.69m/228-7.75 safeguarding his conference leading position to take hold of the the Big 12 javelin crown.
Three Red Raiders Wrangle Big 12 Titles
The Red Raiders wrapped up day two of the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship with three conference titles and a total of 10 All-Big 12 honors.
Kaylee Hinton had a huge day clinching both the Big 12 heptathlon title and the all-time school record with her total of 5,869 points. This finish sits fifth in the NCAA, allowing Hinton the opportunity to compete on the national stage. This position is the third highest score in Big 12 Championship history.
The second conference title of the day was secured by Trey Culver, who finished the men's high jump at a 2.16m/7-1 bar.
The third title taken was Benard Keter, who is now a two-time conference champion in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Keter paced an 8:49.90 to secure his crown. Keter was also leading the Big 12 standings coming into the championship.
Keter Earns Second Conference Title This Weekend
Benard Keter staked a claim for his second Big 12 title of the weekend, running a 14:11.75 in the men's 5,000-meter race. This marked Keter's third Big 12 title this year and fourth in his career. His first title of the year was secured at the cross country conference championship and his second just yesterday in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
"A great win by Benard, a very exciting 5,000-meter race. I couldn't be more proud of him, showing up and getting two wins in the conference championship."
May 12, 2017
Six Tech Student-Athletes Named Arthur Ashe Scholars
Texas Tech had six student-athletes recognized for their work in the classroom this week as part of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards.
Recent NFL Draft first-round selection Patrick Mahomes II as well as softball outfielders Kierra Miles and Kiani Ramsey highlighted Tech's list of recipients as first-team honorees. Rebekah O'Brien (soccer) and Trey Culver, the reigning NCAA Champion in the high jump, earned second and third team accolades, respectively, while Recee Caldwell (women's basketball) garnered a honorable mention selection.
The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards are designed to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr's commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, the award is open to all student-athletes at U.S. colleges or universities.
In order to be nominated, student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and be active on their campuses or in their community. Texas Tech's nominations were selected by the academic staff at the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes.
May 11, 2017
Men's Tennis Places Three on All-Big 12 Teams
Jolan Cailleau, Connor Curry and Bjorn Thomson of the Texas Tech men's tennis team captured All-Big 12 First-Team honors announced Thursday by the conference office.
Cailleau secured an All Big 12 First-Team selection in singles whereas Curry and Thomson notched All-Big 12 First-Team accolades in doubles. All three players will represent the Red Raiders at the NCAA Singles and Doubles competition later this month at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.
May 10, 2017
Tech Finishes Fifth to Advance to NCAA Championships
Texas Tech clinched its third NCAA Championships bid in program history Wednesday as the Lady Raiders defended their home facility by finishing fifth at the NCAA Lubbock Regionals held at The Rawls Course.
For the second-straight day, it was consistency throughout the lineup that propelled the Lady Raiders to their second NCAA Championships appearance in the last three years. All five of Tech's players shot 2-over or better en route to a 3-over 291 final round card that pushed the Lady Raiders to 9-over 873 for the tournament.
"I've kept saying that we haven't played our best golf yet, and I think this week we finally played our best golf at the time where we needed to the most," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "I'm really proud of our team for how they played this week and we're excited to be heading back to nationals."
May 9, 2017
23 Track & Field Athletes Named Academic All-Big 12
Texas Tech track & field had eight male and 15 female athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 first and second teams.
Tayler Jameson was one of 18 female athletes recognized for her 4.00 GPA.
Athletes named to the first team are: Kaylee Amershek, Hannah Bradley, Jocelyn Caro, Trey Culver, Riley Gonzales, Jade Greer, Kaylee Hinton, Tayler Jameson, Maggy Mulholland, Adria Parker, Christopher Scott, Reece Timmons, Ebenether Wondaferew, Blake Wood, Megan Wood and Lauren Younger.
Those named to the second team are: Marika Brown, Joel Latson, Amani Nesmith, Isaac Shepard, Hagen Stoute, Jasmine Torres and Joacim Zuniga.
May 9, 2017
Jessica Hartwell Named Big 12 Player of the Week
Texas Tech sophomore infielder Jessica Hartwell gained Big 12 Player of the Week honors today after blasting three home runs this weekend at the Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colo.
This is Hartwell's first Big 12 weekly award of her career. She is the first Red Raider honored with a weekly award from the league this season and the first since senior Kierra Miles last season.
Hartwell led the league last week with three home runs and six RBI while hitting .500 in 10 at bats at the Ram Classic in Fort Collins. She added a double and a walk while recording her first multi-home run game in Tech's Sunday matchup with Colorado State. She recorded one of her six RBI in Tech's six-run second inning against South Dakota Sunday that led to a Red Raider win.
"Jessica works incredibly hard," head coach Adrian Gregory said. "I've put a lot of responsibility on her, and she continues to rise up to the occasion. As I demand more, she steps up more. Our program is in great hands with her at the helm as a leader. She has a lot of expectation on her back, she knows that and she wants it."
May 9, 2017
23 Track & Field Athletes Named Academic All-Big 12
Texas Tech track & field had eight male and 15 female athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 first and second teams.
Tayler Jameson was one of 18 female athletes recognized for her 4.00 GPA.
Athletes named to the first team are: Kaylee Amershek, Hannah Bradley, Jocelyn Caro, Trey Culver, Riley Gonzales, Jade Greer, Kaylee Hinton, Tayler Jameson, Maggy Mulholland, Adria Parker, Christopher Scott, Reece Timmons, Ebenether Wondaferew, Blake Wood, Megan Wood and Lauren Younger.
Those named to the second team are: Marika Brown, Joel Latson, Amani Nesmith, Isaac Shepard, Hagen Stoute, Jasmine Torres and Joacim Zuniga.
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests.
May 4, 2017
Gabriela Talaba Named Program’s First All-American
For the first time in Texas Tech Women's Tennis history, junior Gabriela Talaba earned All-America honors following the 2017 regular season.
She received a Top 16 national seed in the NCAA Tennis Championships singles competition set for May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championships.
This season, Talaba posted a 22-6 record during the regular season, including a school record setting 20-5 in the No. 1 position.
Talaba helped her team to a Big 12 regular season and tournament title for the first time in school history and led the Lady Raiders to the Elite 8 of the ITA Indoor Nationals.
Talaba is one of the most decorated players in school history. With a 63-21 career record, she has the fourth best career win percentage (0.750) in school history.
May 4, 2017
Tech Earns 16th-Straight NCAA Golf Regional Bid
The Texas Tech men's golf team has been selected to compete in the 2017 NCAA Regional Championships, as the No. 2 seed in the College Grove, Tennessee, region. The tournament will be held May 15-17.
This is the 16th consecutive year the No. 11 Red Raiders have been selected for the NCAA postseason, which is the longest active team qualification streak on campus. The school record for consecutive NCAA postseason appearances is currently 17 years, held by the women's basketball program.
May 4, 2017
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12
The Texas Tech softball program had nine student-athletes receive recognized Thursday on the Academic All-Big 12 teams that were announced by the league office.
The Red Raiders had six student-athletes – seniors Ashley Fultz, Kierra Miles, Devon Thomey and Brittany Warnecke and sophomores Kiani Ramsey and Kiana Workman – named to the first team, while seniors Mattison Maisel and Dominique Alcocer and sophomore Jessica Hartwell garnered second team accolades.
Ramsey was one of five conference student-athletes nominated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. This marks the 10th year in a row Tech has had a student-athlete nominated with a 4.0 grade-point average, the longest such streak in the Big 12.
May 3, 2017
Champlin and Latham Sweep Weekly Conference Honors
As announced by the Big 12 Conference this afternoon, junior Steven Champlin and senior Viershanie Latham both won Athlete of the Week for their performances at the Red Raider Shootout.
Champlin put together a 45.01 (converted to 45.12 with altitude) 400-meter run to claim first at the meet. This was a lifetime-best for Champlin that earned him the No. 4 nationally-ranked spot as well as the No. 7 world-ranked position.
Champlin is also a part of the men's 4x400 relay that is currently ranked fifth in the nation with their 3:03.28 time.
Latham has continued to produce strong marks throughout the season in the women's jumps, with the most recent accomplishment being her 6.55m/21-6 (+3.8w) long jump mark.
This was an almost foot-and-a-half lifetime-best improvement for Latham that moved her up to No. 5 in the national rankings and No. 9 in the world amongst moderately-windy marks.
May 2, 2017
Women’s Tennis to Host NCAA First & Second Rounds
The No. 6 Texas Tech Women's Tennis team will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships at the McLeod Tennis Center for the second straight year.
This is the sixth consecutive season the Lady Raiders earned a berth to the NCAA Championships.
Tech was selected as the No. 6 national seed in the NCAA Lubbock Regional on Tuesday afternoon during the NCAA Selection Show on NCAA.com. The Lady Raiders welcome Southern California, Denver and Quinnipiac for the two-day tournament that will take place May 12-13.
"We're excited to get to play this at home in front of our crowd, get to sleep in our own beds and use this to our own advantage," head coach Todd Petty said. "Any time we can host a regional, it's a really good year. I'm really proud of the girls and excited for them."
Texas Tech has advanced past the regional round the last two seasons, earning a spot in the Sweet 16.
The Lady Raiders (24-4) enter the tournament with an automatic bid after winning the first Big 12 tournament title in program history. Tech is one of six Big 12 members to receive a bid to the NCAA Championships this season.
May 2, 2017
Hargrove Reels In NCBWA Hitter Of The Week
Texas Tech baseball senior infielder Hunter Hargrove was named Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA), the publication announced today.
Earlier in the week, Hargrove picked up Big 12 Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. He joins fellow infielder Orlando Garcia in earning national accolades in 2017, who earned Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Week on April 10.
Hargrove's award is the first from the NCBWA since Eric Gutierrez on Feb. 17, 2015.
May 1, 2017
Curry and Sendegeya Notch Big 12 All-Tournament Nods
Connor Curry and Alex Sendegeya tucked away Big 12 All-Tournament Team honors for the Texas Tech men's tennis team announced Monday by the conference office.
For Sendegeya, it marked the second straight time he earned Big 12 All-Tournament Team accolades for singles. He captured back-to-back wins over ranked opponents in this year's event. The Liverpool native defeated No. 59 Johannes Schretter of Baylor by a 6-4, 6-3 margin and added a 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-1 win over No. 110 Lucas Gerch of Oklahoma State.
Curry also reeled off two singles wins for the Red Raiders. He upended Baylor's Jimmy Bendick by a 6-4, 7-6 (4) margin for the match-clinching point in the quarters coupled with a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 decision over Oklahoma State's Tristian Mereat.
May 1, 2017
Four Singles, Two Doubles Earn All-Tourney Team Honors
Four Women's Tennis singles and two doubles teams earned a spot on the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team, the league announced Monday.
The team was selected by the nine head coaches in the conference.
Junior Gabriela Talaba earned the No. 1 position while sophomore Felicity Maltby nabbed the No. 2 singles line. Talaba posted a 3-0 record on the weekend and extended her win streak to eight matches. Along the way, she defeated two ranked opponents including a Top 10 victory over Viktoriya Lushkova on Oklahoma State.
Maltby had the championship match clincher with a comeback three-set win over No. 49 Katarina Adamovic.
Juniors Sarah Dvorak and Katelyn Jackson earned a spot on the team in the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, respectively. Dvorak went 2-0 this weekend and clinched the win over Texas to send the Lady Raiders to the championship match.
Jackson posted a 2-0 record during tournament play including a three-set comeback over Texas' Dani Wagland on Saturday.
In doubles, Sabrina Federici and Dvorak claimed the No. 1 spot while Maltby and Talaba took home honors on the No. 2 doubles line.
May 1, 2017
Hargrove, Klein Receive Conference Recognition
Texas Tech baseball's Hunter Hargrove and Brian Klein have been named Big 12 Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, the league announced today.
It's the second time this season Hargrove has picked up the honor, previously doing so after the first week of the 2017 season. Klein's nod makes him the eighth different Red Raider to earn one of the conference's weekly awards this season and the third to win the Newcomer accolade.
Tech's total of nine Big 12 in-season awards are the most the Red Raiders have ever had in one year and lead the other member institutions this season by three. Other award winners in 2017 include: Michael Davis (April 17), Orlando Garcia (April 10), Tanner Gardner (March 13), Steven Gingery (Feb. 27), Josh Jung (Feb. 21) and Grant Little (March 27).
Hargrove & Klein both recorded a Big 12-high nine hits last week, as Hargrove led the Red Raiders with a .500 batting average, followed closely by Klein at .474. Hargrove's week extended his conference-leading hit-total to 66, his double figures to 19 and total bases to 104.
May 1, 2017
Men's Track & Field Matches Highest Ranking in School History
The Texas Tech men's track & field team is ranked No. 3 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings.
This spot ties the highest ranking ever held by the Texas Tech track & field men's team.
"I'm really proud that we've been able to move up in the polls," Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "It's fun for our team and they've worked hard to get to this spot, we just need to keep working hard as we get closer conference."
April 30, 2017
Women’s Tennis Wins Big 12 Championship
The No. 7 Texas Tech Women's Tennis team won the program's first Big 12 Championship title as the Lady Raiders downed No. 9 Oklahoma State, 4-2.
The Lady Raiders (24-4) have defeated the Cowgirls (21-5) twice this season.
This was the third straight Big 12 Championship final that the Lady Raiders have played in and the first Big 12 tournament title for the Lady Raiders. The title also marked the first year Tech captured the regular season title and the championship title.
"I'm just so proud of the girls, especially this junior class," Head Coach Todd Petty said. "They've gone three years without a Big 12 title and we've played for it quite a few times leading up into this season. For them to get a share of the regular season and claim the tournament championship, I just could not be more proud of them overall."
April 27, 2017
Lady Raiders Earn Another NCAA Regional Bid
For the seventh time over the past eight years, the Texas Tech women's golf team is heading to the postseason. This time, though, the Lady Raiders will be doing so right at home.
Tech was selected as the No. 9 seed in the NCAA Lubbock Regional on Thursday morning during the NCAA Selection Show on the Golf Channel. The Lady Raiders will welcome 17 other schools and six individuals during the three-day tournament that will take place May 8-10 at The Rawls Course.
"We're excited to once again be in a Regional," Tech head coach JoJo Robertson said. "This will be a challenging field that includes several teams we are familiar with this season. We're looking forward to hosting and I know our team has been looking forward to playing at The Rawls Course again."
This will be the 17th all-time NCAA Regional appearance for the Lady Raiders, who will be hosting the regional round for the first time since 2005. The Rawls Course, which was named the No. 4 campus course in the country this past fall, also hosted the 2015 NCAA Men's Golf Regional.
April 27, 2017
Mahomes Heads to Kansas City with No. 10 Overall Pick
Patrick Mahomes II's dream of one day reaching the NFL came true Thursday night as the Texas Tech quarterback was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 10 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Chiefs made a leap up the draft board to select Mahomes, reportedly trading a first and third round pick this year and a 2018 first rounder to the Buffalo Bills. It marked the first time Kansas City had selected a Red Raider since the late James Hadnot was chosen in the third round of the 1980 draft.
Mahomes, who watched the draft alongside friends and family from his hometown of Tyler, Texas, becomes the seventh Red Raider to be selected in the opening round, joining an elite group that includes Walter Schlinkmann (1945), Dave Parks (1964), Donny Anderson (1965), Ted Watts (1981), Gabe Rivera (1983) and Michael Crabtree (2009).
The No. 10 pick marks the highest a Red Raider has been selected since Crabtree was picked at the same point of the 2009 draft. Only two other Red Raiders have been chosen higher as former Tech All-American and NFL Pro Bowl player Dave Parks was the top pick of the 1964 draft by San Francisco while fellow All-American Donny Anderson was selected seventh a year later.
April 26, 2017
Tennis Programs Capture 12 Academic All-Big 12 Honors
The Texas Tech men's and women's tennis teams had 12 players tuck away Academic All-Big 12 honors announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Texas Tech had 11 of its 12 selections named to the first team which consists of student-athletes who have maintained a 3.20 GPA or better.
On the men's side, Bjorn Thomson was the only player in the Big 12 to compile a 4.0 GPA. The five total honorees for the Red Raiders are a program single-season record on the Academic All-Big 12 Team.
The Lady Raiders paced the conference with seven overall selections which also matched a program single-season mark with the 2013 team.
2016-17 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
Jolan Cailleau, Senior, Finance
Connor Curry, Junior, Electronic Media and Communication
Carlos DiLaura, Senior, Marketing and Management
Sarah Dvorak, Junior, Nutrition
Sabrina Federici, Junior, Sports Management
Katelyn Jackson, Junior, Kinesiology
Lynn Kiro, Senior, Sports Management
Gabriela Talaba, Junior, Sports Management
Alex Sendegeya, Junior, International Economics
Bjorn Thomson, Sophomore, Sports Management
Alex Valenstein, Sophomore, Finance
2016-17 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team
Felicity Maltby, Sophomore, Advertising
April 25, 2017
Men Claim Top-5 USTFCCCA Ranking
The Texas Tech men's track & field team is ranked No. 4 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings.
"This is the time of the year when the rankings really start meaning something to me," Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "As we start moving toward the Big 12 Championship and the first round of Nationals, I think it is important that we gain confidence and that the kids feel like there is a good possibility for us to be on the podium. We just have to keep working hard and stay healthy."
This is a four spot jump from last week's ranking, and is the highest position held by the Red Raider men since 2012.
April 24, 2017
Nunez Wins McAuley Distinguished Student Award
Texas Tech senior defensive lineman Talor Nunez was named Friday the 2017 recipient of the prestigious McAuley Distinguished Engineering Student Award presented by the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering.
The award is one of the top honors presented annually for engineering students at Texas Tech. It is named in memory of James A. McAuley, a distinguished alumnus in the field of engineering and a member of the Dean's Council.
"I'm very honored and humbled to accept this award," Nunez said. "I'm thankful for each person who has helped guide me to this position. I'm also thankful to the Dean's Council for selecting me as the winner of this year's award. It's truly a blessing and I will always work to represent Texas Tech well in all that I do."
Nunez, a mechanical engineering major out of Midland, will be recognized at a May 19 banquet hosted by the engineering college. Nunez will graduate this August with his undergraduate degree and will immediately start on a master's program in the Rawls College of Business.
April 19, 2017
Brown Bags Second Big 12 Honor of Outdoor Season
Charles Brown was named Big 12 Male Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this outdoor season.
Brown is the first male track & field athlete in school history to claim this weekly honor more than once in an outdoor season. He is the second in school history for both indoor and outdoor combined, following Kennedy Kithuka who won in back-to-back weeks in his 2013 indoor season.
At the Horned Frog Invitational, Brown cleared an 8.30m/27-2.75 (+4.8w) jump to claim the meet crown and the wind-aided school record.
This jump also has Brown ranked first in the world for wind-assisted long jump marks.
Robertson Named U.S. Coach for Junior Golf World Cup
Texas Tech women's golf coach JoJo Robertson has been named the head coach for the United States women's team that will compete this summer in the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Nagoya, Japan.
Robertson, now in her eighth year leading the Lady Raiders, will oversee a trio of America's top junior players, two of which that were part of the 2016 squad that claimed the team title. All three players have already signed National Letters of Intent to play at the Division-I level next fall.
"This is such an honor for me to be part of this event," Robertson said. "I could not be more proud to travel and represent the USA. We have a great group of young ladies and I am looking forward to getting to know them and experiencing this with them."
April 19, 2017
Tech Golf Lands Eight On Academic All-Big 12 Teams
Texas Tech men's and women's golf each had four student-athletes honored as members of the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 golf teams, the league office announced on Tuesday.
On the men's side, Hurly Long, Federico Zucchetti, Ivan Ramirez and Hannes Ronneblad were named to the first team. This marks Ronneblad's third selection during his career.
On the women's side, Mami Yamamoto, Gabby Barker and Lauren Mason earned first team honors, and Cara Barker was named to the second team. This is the second-straight first team honor for Mason.
April 17, 2017
Davis Delivered Big 12 Player Of The Week Honor
Texas Tech baseball junior infielder Michael Davis has been named Big 12 Player of the Week, the league announced today.
It is the second career conference honor for the Lubbock native, who won the weekly award on April 11, 2016, after an impressive weekend at Oklahoma State. Davis' is also the second-straight Red Raider to receive the distinction, as junior infielder Orlando Garcia won last week.
April 16, 2017
No. 11 Red Raiders Claim Hawkeye Invite Championship
The No. 11 Texas Tech men's golf team captured its second team tournament title of the season on Sunday, winning the Hawkeye Invitational.
This marks the first season in which Tech has won multiple team tournament titles since the 2009-10 academic year. It's the 19th team tournament title under head coach Greg Sands.
"I'm proud of how we finished this tournament on those last few holes," Sands said. "It's one thing to be a favorite at a tournament, but it's another to actually play like it and win it. It's a great feeling to be able to start and finish the spring portion of the regular season with wins like this. We definitely have some things to clean up before next weekend, but I like where we are right now."
Texas Tech Mourns the Loss of Spike Dykes
During his 13 seasons as head coach at Texas Tech and the years that followed, Spike Dykes was a legend in every sense of the word.
Born in Lubbock, Dykes was a West Texan through and through. He led his hometown school to a then school-record 82 wins from 1986-99, cementing his legacy as one of the more adored figures in Texas Tech history.
April 10, 2017
Garcia Garners Big 12 Player Of The Week Honor
Texas Tech baseball junior infielder Orlando Garcia picked up his second award of the day after being honored as Big 12 Player of the Week, the league announced today.
Garica was also named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Monday, the first honor for a Red Raider this season and first since Bobby Doran in 2010.
His accolade marks the sixth weekly conference award for a Red Raider in 2017, as Tanner Gardner (March 13), Steven Gingery (Feb. 27), Hunter Hargrove (Feb. 21), Josh Jung (Feb. 21) and Grant Little (March 27) have all received recognition by the Big 12 this year.
Garcia racked up a .471 average over 17 at-bats last week, helping the Red Raiders to a 3-1 record against New Mexico State and then-No. 29 Baylor. He tallied eight hits, including four home runs, along with 11 RBI, six runs scored and three walks.
April 10, 2017
Garcia Named CB Newspaper National Player Of The Week
Texas Tech baseball junior infielder Orlando Garcia has received Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Week honors, the publication announced today.
It is the first honor for a Red Raider this season. Garcia is the first since Bobby Doran in 2010 to be named a Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Garcia racked up a .471 average over 17 at-bats last week, helping the Red Raiders to a 3-1 record against New Mexico State and then-No. 29 Baylor. He tallied eight hits, including four home runs, along with 11 RBI, six runs scored and three walks.
April 9, 2017
Women’s Tennis Wins Share of Big 12 Title
The No. 5 Texas Tech Women's Tennis Team clinched a share of the 2017 Big 12 title with a 4-0 win over West Virginia on Sunday afternoon.
This is the women's tennis program's third Big 12 Championship in six seasons, all coming under Head Coach Todd Petty.
The Lady Raiders (20-3, 8-0 Big 12) continue their 13-match win streak to stay undefeated in Big 12 play. This is the third straight 20-win season for the Lady Raiders under Petty.
"I am so proud of these young ladies. They have fought for this goal for many years and to see them accomplish it is so rewarding," Head Coach Todd Petty said.
April 5, 2017
Brown Earns Big 12 Athlete of the Week
Texas Tech jumper Charles Brown was named Track & Field Athlete of the Week by the Big 12 conference this afternoon, owed to his standout performance at Texas Relays.
"What a great jump for Charles at Texas Relays! Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "I couldn't be more pleased with the transition from indoors to outdoors and how he is figuring it out on the runways. We've seen the big jumps, but now they're starting to happen"
Brown hit a long jump mark of 8.14m/26-8.50 ranking him No. 3 in the world. This jump by Brown also leads the nation by over half a foot.
Brown's mark serves not only as a second-place outdoor record for Texas Tech, but as his lifetime-best jump.
April 5, 2017
Ronneblad Receives Big 12 Honor
Texas Tech senior Hannes Ronneblad has been named the Big 12 Men's Golfer of the Month for the month of March, the conference office announced Wednesday.
This marks the first time Ronneblad has won the award, and he is the second Red Raider to win the award this season, joining Fredrik Nilehn, who won in October. The last time Tech won this award twice in a calendar year was the 2006-07 season (Jake Younan-Wise and Will Griffin).
April 2, 2017
Tech Teams With Garth Brooks' Teammates For Kids
The Texas Tech football program joined country music legend Garth Brooks' Teammates for Kids Foundation to host a youth camp Sunday morning at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff teamed with Brooks in hosting roughly 70 youth athletes from the Lubbock area, all of which were attending free of charge. The camp focused on teaching important football skills as well as developing character and leadership traits.
"This was an unbelievable opportunity to participate in such a good cause," Kingsbury said. "It's incredible that Garth takes the time he does on every tour stop to conduct a camp like this. The kids were phenomenal and learned a tremendous amount not only about football, but also about character and leadership."
April 2, 2017
Women’s Tennis Continues Undefeated Streak in Big 12
The No. 6 Texas Tech Women's Tennis team earned its 11th-straight win of the season with a 4-2 victory over No. 36 Oklahoma (10-6, 0-4 Big 12) on Sunday at The Falls Tennis & Athletic Club.
With the win, the Lady Raiders (18-3, 6-0 Big 12) stayed undefeated in Big 12 play entering the final two weeks of the regular season.
March 28, 2017
Gabriela Talaba Named Big 12 Player of the Week
Junior Gabriela Talaba was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after a 2-0 showing in singles play and going 2-0 in doubles action.
Talaba earned two ranked wins over conference foes to help the Lady Raiders stay undefeated in Big 12 play.
"We are very proud of Gabriela and how much she has progressed," Head Coach Todd Petty said. "She had a tremendous weekend and was a huge part of our success."
March 27, 2017
Little Named Big 12 Newcomer Of The Week
Texas Tech baseball freshman outfielder Grant Little has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, the league announced today.
It's the first conference accolade for the Midland native. His honor marks the fifth weekly award for a Red Raider this season, as Tanner Gardner (March 13), Steven Gingery (Feb. 27), Hunter Hargrove (Feb. 21) and Josh Jung (Feb. 21) have all received recognition by the Big 12 in 2017.
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.