Category Archives: Texas Tech
Texas Tech will be announcing in a press conference Tuesday that Tubby Smith will be the new Head Basketball coach in Lubbock, taking over for interim coach Chris Walker. Tech has been quite the roller coaster job since Bob Knight retired, and it hit a low point with the 1 year tenure of Billy Gillispie.
Tubby Smith brings a national title from Kentucky, and some recent success with Minnesota, including an upset win against UCLA in this year’s tourney.
March madness is upon us, that’s right the NCAA men’s basketball tourney is here. The best playoffs in sports is about to kick off, and sports fans across America are filling out their brackets, looking to pick the right upsets, wondering what team can survive the tourney. Some of the biggest schools in the nation are in the big dance, and then you’ll see some of the small no name schools who also punched their ticket.
What you won’t see, in any of your bracket is a team from the state of Texas. That’s right, not one single team from the lone star state is in the big dance. No Longhorns, no Aggies, Bears, or even a small school like UTSA or Sam Houston State. The schools in Texas really dropped the ball this season, a big reason why we’ve pretty much ignored college basketball this season, apparently so have the Athletic Directors in the lone star state.
So Texans have fun this March, fill out those brackets, and look on the bright side. At least you don’t have to pick your alma mater to win a few games in your bracket you know they have no chance of winning, now you can have a clear head and no ties to any of the schools as you try and dominate your office pool. As for all you Universities in Texas, get your act together, it’s hard to have state pride in March when not one of you even make the round of 64.
This week marks perhaps the new Lone Star Showdown, Texas vs Texas Tech. Now that the Aggies have taken their ball and moved to the SEC, Horns vs Red Raiders is now the biggest instate rivalry game. In many ways, this game has been the biggest in state rivalry game since the turn of the century. Texas Tech vs Texas has been a prime time game many times, and often the game has lived up to the timeslot. The biggest game is perhaps the 2008 version, the game that gave us the epic Crabtree catch, one of the biggest moments in College Football history. Horns vs Raiders has been so good, ABC has often moved this game up the schedule so it could be the primetime game of the week.
This year marks a change in the rivalry, for one the game is a day game. ABC is still picking the game up, and it will be seen nationally, just with the West Texas sun beating down on the game instead of the bright lights. Another big change in this game, however, is what is at stake. You can very well make a case that this could be Tech’s biggest game ever.
You see, Texas Tech has an opportunity to make a solid claim in this state, a claim that they’re here and aren’t going anywhere. During the Leach years, Tech made great strides in becoming the #2 team in the state. But since Leach was fired, Tech hasn’t been good enough to make such a claim. And to make matters worse, TCU went out and won a Rose Bowl, Baylor won a Heisman, and the Aggies made a big splash with a new coach, and new conference. But now Tech is back to being ranked, and is favored to beat Texas in Lubbock this Saturday. Texas is on the ropes, and Tech has already beat TCU. If Tech can win, and win big, Tech is back on the map, and might actually start challenging UT and aTm for top Texas recruits.
Tech is probably going to be the thanksgiving opponent for UT next season, and if they can beat UT this year, and finish ranked, they might play themselves to be the permanent UT opponent on thanksgiving. Most Texans grew up with Longhorn vs Aggies thanksgiving night, but maybe a new generation of Texans will grow up with Tech vs Texas, the new lone star showdown. For West Texas, nothing would be sweeter than a thanksgiving night under the bright lights of Lubbock.
Today brings us two Texas sized games in the Big 12, Baylor vs Texas, Texas Tech vs TCU. 3 of the 4 teams are in the BCS top 25, and Baylor could sneak back in with a win in Austin today. All 4 teams still have an outside shot at a Big 12 title, with how balanced the conference is the Big 12 champ will probably have at least 1 loss. Another thing at stake today is bowl game positioning, nothing is better in Texas (besides a BCS bowl) than playing in the historic Cotton Bowl Classic. The Cotton Bowl will land the #2 or #3 Big 12 team, so the Longhorns, Red Raiders, Horned Frogs, and Bears would all love to be “home” at the Cotton Bowl. If not the Cotton Bowl, at least a shot at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The Alamo Bowl picks right after the Cotton Bowl, so the winners of these games today might set themselves up to look good for the Alamo Bowl committee. But aside from conference titles and Texas Bowl games, is the biggest thing of all at stake today, bragging rights. All 4 of these teams are big time programs within the state of Texas, and all 4 of alumni and fans all across the Lone star state. Baylor fans would love to brag all across central Texas that they beat the Longhorns 3 years in a row. Tech and TCU are both wanting to grab the #2 spot in the state, now that Texas A&M is gone. TCU and Tech have both had great success in the BCS era, and the now annual head to head match ups in the Big 12 could determine not only bragging rights, but also who lands a few Texas recruits. So Texans sit back, drink a shiner, and enjoy these 4 Texas schools go at it. And just remember, if your team wins, feel free to call your friends and brag. If they lose, you might have to throw down a few more shiners and put your phone on silent.