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Double-T Nation 22 mins ago
How Manderson Helped Change the Outlook of Texas Tech's Frontcourt

How Manderson Helped Change the Outlook of Texas Tech's Frontcourt

When Isaiah Manderson committed to Texas Tech, it opened up additional post players that maybe this team didn't have before his arrival. Hello basketball fans. You may not remember me since Dan's been doing such a great job of killing it on basketball for the entire offseason, but Dan's out there trying to make a living and so I'm filling in for the day. Right before the school year started, Texas Tech received a commitment and letter of intent and the enrolling of center, Isaiah Manderson, a 6-10 center from Florida, who was also the highest rated player of Texas Tech's 2014 recruiting...
Double-T Nation 1 hour ago

Quick Reaction: Texas Tech adds 3-star DT Broderick Washington

Texas Tech lands a surprise commit today, as Broderick Washington commits to Tech just minutes after he was offered by the Red Raiders. Here is your reaction thread. I went into my Chemistry lab today not having any info about Washington. An hour later, I found out that not only had Texas Tech offered Broderick Washington, but that he had committed to the Red Raiders. Just earlier in the day, Texas Tech learned that they weren't in Jalen Bates' newest Top 3, and seemed to be running out of options for defensive linemen. The commitment helps alot with that problem. This gives the Red Raiders...
Double-T Nation 5 hours ago

Pullquotes: HC Kingsbury, C Kaster & LB Eguavoen

We've got the notes and quotes from the Monday press conference where we heard from head coach Kliff Kingsbury, center Jared Kaster and linebacker Sam Eguavoen. Pretty much as expected, first question out of the chute has to deal with Wallerstedt and Kingsbury shuts that down pretty quickly. He was short and to the point, and said that that was the last he would be speaking of Wallerstedt. Cool. Following that, there were quite a few questions regarding Mike Smith, his role, how the team has responded, his impact to the defense, etc. Full transcript here. Brings a lot of energy. Very...
Double-T Nation 10 hours ago

Red Raider Gridiron: Wallerstedt Says Not to Believe Rumors; Adjusting to a New Defensive Coordinator

Recently resigned Matt Wallerstedt says not to believe the rumors. The players adjust to new defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Wallerstedt Says Not to Believe Rumors. Sports Illustrated guys, Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel, write a bit about Matt Wallerstedt in their national notebook article and they had this bit about the resignation of Wallerstedt: But in a text message to The Inside Read last Friday, Wallerstedt wrote, "All good! Don't believe all the rumors!! My statement yesterday says why I resigned and that's the truth!!" In a Texas Tech news release, the school stated that...
Double-T Nation Sep 22, 2014
Sports is hard.

Sports is hard.

Sometimes the wisest decisions are made by those much younger than most of us. In a rare moment of clarity I was able to step back and appreciate the moment. It was in January of 1994 and the Cowboys were about to square off against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. A few minutes before kick-off I began to think about how no matter what, win or lose, I was lucky to be in that spot as a fan. Of course it didn't hurt that Dallas went on to win the game en-route to their 2nd consecutive Super Bowl title, but over the years I've often thought about that moment and that...
Double-T Nation Sep 22, 2014

Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 9/22/2014

A 5-star plans his trip to Lubbock, a Top ATH chooses to visit Tech, a key recruit close in a decsion and The Esposito Express. Plus a look at WR Isaac Whitney and LB Khaylan Thomas. Isaac Whitney - Wide Receiver (Riverside CC, Riverside, CA) Height Weight 40 time Vertical Bench Squat 6'4" 200 lbs 4.40 44" 300 lbs 350 lbs Ratings: NR by 247 / NR by ESPN / NR by Rivals / NR by Scout Interest: California (Warm), Texas Tech (Warm), Washington State (Warm), Fresno State *(Cool) Texas Tech offered JUCO WR Isaac Whitney last Tuesday, adding another tall WR to the offer list. He has...
Double-T Nation Sep 22, 2014

VIDEO: John White Earns Scholarship

Known by his teammates as J-White, the junior defensive back is just one of the latest in a long line of Red Raider walk-ons to earn a scholarship on the Texas Tech Football team.
Double-T Nation Sep 22, 2014

Red Raider Gridiron: Big 12 and Texas Rankings; Checking in on Oklahoma State

We check in on the various rankings of Big 12 and Texas teams as well as check in on Texas Tech's newest opponent, Oklahoma State. I'm going to type this again and hope that I don't jinx anything.  This is a pretty slow morning in terms of Texas Tech news.  Last week when I wrote this Matt Wallerstedt resigned. Just for the record, I'm not complaining. As you know, it's going to be a short week with the game on Thursday night so hang on tight. What We Waiting to See. The DMN's Chuck Carlton writes about what we know and waiting to see from each of the teams in Texas in the Big...
Double-T Nation Sep 22, 2014

Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State: Game Time, TV, Streaming, Radio & Odds

How and where to watch Thursday night's game between Texas Tech at Oklahoma State. Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State Date: September 25, 2014 Time: 6:30 pm CST Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders Bad Guys: Oklahoma State Cowboys Location: Boone Pickens Stadium | Stillwater, OK Weather: High of 87, low of 63, am clouds TV/Stream: ESPN Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App And the odds came out on the game and Oklahoma State opened as a 14 or 14.5 favorite.  Yikes!
Double-T Nation Sep 21, 2014
What Went Wrong with Texas Tech's Defense; Let's Fix The Defense

What Went Wrong with Texas Tech's Defense; Let's Fix The Defense

The Texas Tech defense has had a rough time stopping any opponent thus far. We take a look at Texas Tech's "havoc rate" and we also discuss fixing that defense. Well. I get a post all written about how to fix the defense and then head coach Kliff Kingsbury fires his defensive coordinator, Matt Wallerstedt, or is dismissed from the staff, and now, Texas Tech possibly starts over as Mike Smith, who was the co-defensive coordinator, is now being asked to take over the role full-time.  We'll get to the changes that I hope Smith makes on the defensive side of the ball, but let's take a look at...
Double-T Nation Sep 21, 2014

Red Raider Gridiron: Not What Texas Tech Needed; Moore Talks Coaching

Having a defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt resign wasn't what the doctor ordered and former Texas Tech head coach Gerry Moore talks about coaching before being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Not What the Doctor Ordered. FoxSports David Ubben writes that the resignation of Matt Wallerstedt was the exact opposite of what Texas Tech needed in the off-week leading up to Oklahoma State: Texas Tech got what it needed the least. Kliff Kingsbury wants continuity on his staff. Matt Wallerstedt would not have resigned before the fourth game of his second season on a...
Double-T Nation Sep 20, 2014
Breaking Down Jarrett Stidham's Performance

Breaking Down Jarrett Stidham's Performance

The future of Texas Tech played on National TV on Thursday and was phenomenal. Here is an analysis of his performance Author Note: This game was only available on WatchESPN after the game, so I had to record the video on my laptop with my phone. That being said, thee quality of the videos won't be the best, but it's better than nothing. As many of y'all know, Stephenville played Lubbock Cooper on ESPN2 Thursday night. The reason why this is significant is because Jarrett Stidham, Texas Tech's 5-star QB commit, was playing in the game. Most of us have seen Stidham's 11 minute highlight film...
Double-T Nation Sep 20, 2014
2014 College Football Week 4 Open Thread

2014 College Football Week 4 Open Thread

Let's do this. The full schedule can be found at LSUFootball.net. Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech 11:00 a.m. ESPN / watchespn Iowa at Pittsburgh 11:00 a.m. ESPNU / watchespn Maryland at Syracuse 11:30 a.m. (ESPN-GP / espn3) *2 / ACC Network Florida at Alabama 2:30 p.m. CBS / CBS Video Texas A&M at SMU 2:30 p.m. (ABC / ESPN2) *7 / espn3 Utah at Michigan 2:30 p.m. (ABC / ESPN2) *7 / espn3 Virginia at BYU 2:30 p.m. ESPN / watchespn Indiana at Missouri 3:00 p.m. SECN / SECN Video Oklahoma at West Virginia 6:30 p.m. FOX / FOX Sports GO South Carolina at Vanderbilt 6:30 p.m. SECN / SECN...
Double-T Nation Sep 20, 2014

Red Raider Gridiron: Thomas in Pampa Hall of Fame; Stopping the Run

Former Red Raider footballer Zach Thomas is inducted into the Pampa Harvester Hall of Fame, plus some of the ESPN folks opine on the Texas Tech defense. I'll have a open thread at 11:00 am or so later today. Fix the Run. ESPN writes about how new defensive coordinator Mike Smith must fix the run defense and start stopping opponents: So does Texas Tech's new leadership on defense. Smith was already the co-coordinator, so it's not a drastic change. He is expected to bring more of an NFL mindset to assignment and alignment than Wallerstedt. And no doubt he's already hard at work to address...
Double-T Nation Sep 19, 2014

One Reason Rice Should Replace Oklahoma State in the Big XII

A rebuttal to an article by an obscure website that was brought to my attention. Apparently Oklahoma State has an SB Nation site called Cowboys Run For Free. Who knew? This morning the new (I guess it's new?) site posted an extremely well-written and witty article arguing the merits for replacing Texas Tech in the Big XII with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The story was the common rehash that predictably trudges down the same old weary path; full of red-meat about the terrible, down-trodden city of Lubbock and how Texas Tech is completely out of their league in every discipline sans keg...
Double-T Nation Sep 19, 2014

Weekly Conversation: A New Defensive Coordinator With Your Hamburger

Texas Tech has a new defensive coordinator. Seth and Travis discuss the resignation of Matt Wallerstedt and the promotion of Mike Smith and what that means for the defense. Seth C: Welp. How would you like a defensive coordinator with that hamburger? Seth C. Ed. Note:  Yesterday was national cheeseburger day, which is why I asked that question. And yes, that means that I actually flubbed the question by asking about a hamburger. Travis: Wow, what a surprise. I really didn't see this coming so soon. Signs indicated that something might be up when Kingsbury canceled the media availability...
Double-T Nation Sep 19, 2014

What To Expect From a Mike Smith Defense?

Texas Tech linebackers coach Mike Smith was recently elevated to defensive coordinator after Matt Wallerstedt resigned. What can we expect from Smith as defensive coordinator considering two of Smith's biggest coaching influences, Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine? Mike Smith is now the defensive coordinator and we really don't know a thing about him. Well, that's not true at all. We know a lot about Smith.  We know that Smith graduated from Texas Tech, near or around the time that Kliff Kingsbury was the head coach. They were actually seniors together. Smith played for a few years in the NFL at...
Double-T Nation Sep 19, 2014
Red Raider Gridiron: Kingsbury Takes Responsibility for Defense; Slay Makes an Offer to Kingsbury

Red Raider Gridiron: Kingsbury Takes Responsibility for Defense; Slay Makes an Offer to Kingsbury

After the resignation of defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and Mike Smith talk about the challenge ahead and Kingsbury talks about taking responsibility of the defense. Plus, Dwayne Slay makes an offer to Kingsbury. Wallerstedt Fallout. We'll have more on Wallerstedt through the weekend, but for now. We'll get to the links of the day regarding Wallerstedt's resignation. Brock to Coach Inside Linebackers. One note that I didn't mention yesterday is that Matt Brock, who was the defensive quality control coach, is now coaching inside linebackers. Brock...
Double-T Nation Sep 18, 2014

2014 College Football Thursday and Friday Week 4 Open Thread

Let's do this. All courtesy, LSUFootball.net. Thursday, September 18th Auburn at Kansas State 6:30 p.m. ESPN / watchespn / espn3 skycam feed Lubbock-Cooper at Stephenville 8:00 p.m. ESPN2 Friday, September 19th Holy Cross at Harvard 6:00 p.m. espn3 UConn at South Florida 7:00 p.m. ESPN / watchespn
Double-T Nation Sep 18, 2014

Matt Wallerstedt Resigns as Defensive Coordinator of Texas Tech

Matt Wallerstedt has resigned as defensive coordinator. Per an official release from Texas Tech: "I have submitted my resignation to Coach Kingsbury effective immediately because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense," Wallerstedt said. "I love our players and this school and have only their best interest in my heart and mind. I wish Coach Kingsbury every success this season." "We appreciate all Coach Wallerstedt has done at Texas Tech and we wish him the best," Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said. Short and sweet.