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Double-T Nation 28 mins ago

It's (Spring) Football Time In Texas

The Texas Tech Athletics official YouTube channel has released a Spring Football Pump-Up video. It's short but solid, and very interesting because it seems to feature mostly defensive players besides Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes. Enjoy!
Double-T Nation 4 hours ago

The 2011 Recruiting Class: Boom or Bust?

This class had top end talent with a current and most likely future NFL'er as well as some key pieces for the 2015 team. There were some big misses too. I don't like evaluating a recruiting class until they have been on campus 3 seasons. At that point several things have happened: 1)   The JUCOs are gone and their impact has been completely felt. 2)   Redshirt freshmen are 2 years removed from their redshirt year and are trending towards being a full time starter, a depth player or a roster filler. 3)   Most players planning to transfer have done so at this point. Juniors and seniors...
Double-T Nation Mar 1, 2015

Big 12 Achieves Stability, Record-Setting Revenue

Just a few short years after four schools bolted for other conferences, the Big 12 has regained their stability and is producing both on the field and in the balance sheet. Since the Big 12 has been reduced to 10 teams, many people around the country have questioned the long-term sustainability of the conference. Though ‘One True Champion' didn't exactly pan out, the Big 12 proved that it was a deep conference for football -- producing two teams that had a legitimate argument for making the first College Football Playoff -- and will likely send six or seven teams to the NCAA tournament,...
Double-T Nation Feb 28, 2015

Williams Hits Three, Lifts Texas Tech Over Oklahoma State

Devaugntah Williams hits three-pointer with 10 seconds left to lift Texas Tech over Oklahoma State in the 2015 home finale, 63-62. With 10 seconds left, Devaugntah Williams hits a three to push the Texas Tech Red Raiders past the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2015 home finale, 63-62. Tech improves to 11-0 when leading at halftime, and ends a six-game losing streak. Tech led big at half, but started the second half slow, allowing Oklahoma State to get back into the game. Williams drained the last eight points of the game for the Red Raiders to help secure the victory. Toddrick Gotcher had a...
Double-T Nation Feb 28, 2015

Texas Tech Defense Looks for Consistency Under David Gibbs

David Gibbs is the latest defensive coordinator for a football program that yearns for consistency. Gibbs looks to bring a firm voice and lean on his experience. ESPN Big 12 Sits Down with Tech's Defensive Coordinator: David Gibbs recently spoke to ESPN Big 12 writer Jake Trotter about the changes he is looking to make to Tech's defense, and the biggest thing I took from this Q&A is that Gibbs is looking for players to stay in position. Texas Tech struggled with some of the front guys, being out of position, being out of gaps. To me, it's just fundamental football. It sounds easy. But...
Double-T Nation Feb 27, 2015

Preview: Texas Tech Red Raiders host Oklahoma State Cowboys

Texas Tech tries to break a six-game losing streak as they face off against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in home finale. Game Details: Date: Saturday, February 28th Time: 3:00 pm Home Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-17, 2-14) Away Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-10, 7-8) Location: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX TV/Stream: ESPNews Radio/Stream: TTSN Projected Starting Lineups Texas Tech Pts / Reb Okie State Pts / Reb GUARD Robert Turner (6-3/190) 8.2 / 3.0 Jeff Newbury (6-2/190) 6.5 / 2.4 GUARD Devaugntah Williams (6-4/205) 10.0 / 3.1 Phil Forte III (5-11/185) 16.2 /...
Double-T Nation Feb 27, 2015

New VTM Staff, Same Texas Tech Family

I am thrilled to accept the responsibility of continuing the amazing community the previous staff has worked so hard to put together over the years. Same great content, with new twists and insights. I didn't grow up in Texas. I moved around the country with my family -- my father working in baseball, and my mother, sisters and I along for the ride. When my parents told me they were moving to Texas as I was starting college I didn't know what to think. I had been to Texas several times, but I never thought about living there. I knew I didn't want to be left behind in Fla., though, so I...
Double-T Nation Feb 23, 2015

See You Later, But Not Goodbye

The staff of Viva The Matadors will be leaving for a new site, Staking The Plains, so this is see you later, but not goodbye. Today is my last day at Viva The Matadors. This all happened so suddenly for me and so I'm sure that I'll stumble and mumble my way through this thing. First things first. I'm not quitting blogging. I think I still have a handful of good blogging years left, although I'm admittedly not in the prime of my career. I will be blogging at a new website called Staking the Plains. I'm still blogging all things Texas Tech, I've just decided to do this on my own along...
Double-T Nation Feb 21, 2015

WBB: Lady Raiders vs. #25 Texas Longhorns

WBB: Lady Raides rvs. #25 Texas Longhorns at 3:30 PM CST Go Lady Raiders!!! RAIDER !!!!   POWER !!!! Game: Lady Raiders vs #25 Texas Longhorns Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015 Time: 3:30pm CST Location: "The United Spirit Arena" Lubbock, TX Radio: TexasTech Sports Network (97.3 FM Lubbock)  and  1300 AM The Zone (Austin, TX) Stats: Gametracker TV: FOX Sports Southwest (FSN) Listen: TexasTechTV.com The Lady Raiders (15-11, 5-9 Big12) came oh so close to beating the #3 team in the country, the Baylor Bears on Wednesday night. Tech hung close tying the game three times in a game...
Double-T Nation Feb 20, 2015

Preview: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders host the Sooners, as Texas Tech hopes to avenge the 50 point loss earlier in the year and Oklahoma hopes to win their second game in a row. Game Details: Date: Saturday, February 21st Time: 11:00 am Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-15, 2-12) Bad Guys: Oklahoma Sooners (18-8, 9-5) Location: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX TV/Stream: ESPNU Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App Starting Lineup Pts / Reb Pts / Reb POINT GUARD Robert Turner (6-3/190) 8.7 / 1.7* Jordan Woodard (6-0/189) 9.1 / 4.1* SHOOTING GUARD Devaugntah Williams...
Double-T Nation Feb 20, 2015

Game Thread: Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech and head coach Tim Tadlock host the Northern Illinois Huskies in the Brooks Wallace Memorial Series. We've go the game times, starting pitchers and everything you need for this weekend's series. Game Details: Dates: Friday, February 20th - Saturday, February 21st Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-1, 0-0) Bad Guys: Northern Illinois Huskies (3-0, 0-0) Location: Dan Law Field | Lubbock, TX Game Notes: Texas Tech TV/Stream: N/A Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App The Pitchers and Starting Lineup OUTFIELD: LF: Tyler Neslony| CF: Hunter Hargrove | RF: Stephen Smith...
Double-T Nation Feb 20, 2015

Red Raider Gridiron: Houston to Demand Entry into Big 12; Special Teams Big 12 Rankings

Houston is trying to demand their way into the Big 12 and ESPN is ranking the Big 12 special teams and they don't think much of Texas Tech's special teams. Plus, new campus photos. New Campus Pictures. Make sure and check out Totally Texas Tech's new campus photos. Some terrific shots Houston Board Chair to Pressure for Entry to Big 12. Via College Football Talk, the Houston board chair wants to bully and threaten the Big 12 in allowing Houston to be part of the Big 12: In a meeting with the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle, Tilman Fertitta, chairman of UH's Board of Regents,...
Double-T Nation Feb 19, 2015

Red Raider Gridiron: Key Spring Battles; Chiaverini Selected for Academy

We take a look at some key position before spring practice starts. Darrin Chiaverini is one of thirty coaches selected for a coaches academy and ESPN ranks the Big 12's defensive backs. Key Battles. DMN's Tommy Magelssen has his key position battles, which include quarterback, right tackle, middle linebacker and flanker (i.e. z-receiver).  Here's the portion for inside linebacker: New defensive coordinator David Gibbs will run more four-man fronts, switching away from the 3-4 scheme Texas Tech ran the past two seasons under Matt Wallerstedt and Mike Smith. The Red Raiders lost their two...
Double-T Nation Feb 18, 2015

WBB: Lady Raiders v #3 Baylor Bears

WBB: Lady Raiders v #3 Baylor Bears tonight at "The USA" 7pm Go Lady Raiders!!! RAIDER !!!!   POWER !!!! Game: Lady Raiders vs #3 Baylor Bears Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Time: 7:00pm CST Location: "The United Spirit Arena" Lubbock, TX Radio: TexasTech Sports Network (97.3 FM Lubbock)  and  KRZI-AM 1660 (Waco, TX) Stats: Gametracker Video: TexasTechTV.com Listen: TexasTechTV.com The Lady Raiders (15-10, 5-8 Big12) pulled out a win over the Kansas State Wildcats on Sunday in a game that went into overtime.  The MVP of the game was Rayven Brooks with 26 points and 5 Assists...
Double-T Nation Feb 18, 2015

Red Raider Gridiron: Da'Leon Ward Commits; Texas Tech & Under Armour Agree to Extension; Breiden Fehoko is One to Watch in 2015

Skyline running back Da'Leon Ward commits to Texas Tech and is the third commit of the 2016 class. Texas Tech and Under Armour agree to an extension until 2020. True freshman Breiden Fehoko is one of the national true freshmen to watch in 2015. I'm running a bit behind lately, recruiting profiles, baseball series, basketball games.  There's a ton going on, plus we're working on some other things. It will all make sense in a week or so, but it will be fun. Da'Leon Ward Commits. Skyline RB Da'Leon Ward has committed to Texas Tech and is the third commit of the 2016 class (via the DMN, but...
Double-T Nation Feb 18, 2015

Five Thoughts on the Baylor Bears 54, Texas Tech Red Raiders 49

The Texas Tech Red Raiders took the game to the wire, but couldn't pull off the upset, losing to Baylor 54-49. We've got five thoughts on a terrific basketball game, stats, and highlights. I loved watching that type of basketball. It's not always pretty, but I love being encouraged by this team and that was a heck of an encouraging game as Texas Tech lost to the Baylor Bears, 54-49. Game Links * Recap * Box Score Star of the Game F Zach Smith. This certainly could have gone to Norense Odiase or Devaugntah Williams, but Zach Smith broke the freshman record for blocks in a season,...
Double-T Nation Feb 17, 2015

Q&A with PocketChange from Our Daily Bears

We talk with PocketChange from Baylor blog, Our Daily Bears, to discuss the Bears traveling to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Much thanks to PocketChange from Our Daily Bears for proposing the Q&A in anticipation of tonight's game as Texas Tech hosts the Baylor Bears. 1. For what seems for the first time in a while, Scott Drew has a team that doesn't have that one guy that has super-star potential, but Baylor seems to have a really well-rounded starting five and terrific player off the bench. Do you like this change in the program or do you prefer having the freshman...
Double-T Nation Feb 17, 2015

Baseball Preview: Nevada Wolfpack vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech hosts Nevada in a one-game mid-week game as the Red Raiders host the Nevada Wolfpack. Game Details: Date: Wednesday, February 17th Time: 2:00 pm Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0, 0-0) Bad Guys: Nevada Wolfpack (3-0, 0-0) Location: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, TX TV/Stream: N/A Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App Starting Pitchers Texas Tech: Jacob Patterson (LHP) 1-0, 0.00 Nevada Wolfpack: Barry Timko (LHP) ---- With Mike's big news, I'm running a tad bit behind in covering the baseball team.  Here are the notes from the official site. ...
Double-T Nation Feb 17, 2015

Farewell Viva The Matadors

After writing for VTM for the past year and a half, I have decided to leave and accept a job with 247sports and the Avalanche Journal. This is my farewell post to you all. After writing for Viva The Matadors for nearly a year and a half now, it is time for me to leave VTM. Just a couple hours after posting my latest recruiting update, I got a message from a member of 247sports (and the Avalanche Journal) asking me write for them. After hearing the offer, I decided that it was in my best interest to accept the job working for 247sports and the Avalanche Journal. I started lurking around this...
Double-T Nation Feb 17, 2015

Preview: Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Baylor comes to Lubbock looking to snap a two game losing streak while Texas Tech looks to upset another tough opponent at home. Game Details: Date: Tuesday, February 17th Time: 6:00 pm Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-14, 2-11) Bad Guys: Baylor Bears (18-7, 6-6) Location: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX TV/Stream: ESPN2 Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App Starting Lineup Pts / Reb Pts / Reb POINT GUARD Robert Turner (6-3/190) 8.9 / 1.7* Kenny Chery (5-11/180) 11.9 / 3.9* SHOOTING GUARD Devaugntah Williams (6-4/205) 10.3 / 3.3 Lester Medford...

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