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Introducing Texas Tech
By John Antonik
July 20, 2012 09:00 AM

Texas Tech has some big-name coaches in Tommy Tuberville and Billy Gillespie, and Red Raider supporters are hopeful that they can guide Tech back into the national limelight in the near future.

Tuberville, who enjoyed great success at Auburn, steered Tech to a 5-7 record last year, the Red Raiders missing out on a bowl trip for the first time in 11 years and snapped a streak of 19 consecutive years of bowl-eligible seasons. Texas Tech did finish the year ranked 11th in total offense and also knocked off top-ranked Oklahoma on the road. Tuberville is seeking dramatic improvement in 2012.

The Red Raider men’s basketball program is also undergoing some remodeling under Billy Gillespie, former Texas A&M and Kentucky, coach, who led Tech to an 8-23 record in his first season at Lubbock. Tech had one of the youngest rosters in the country last year with seven sophomores and three freshmen, and the Red Raiders should be much better in 2013.

Meanwhile, women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry continued Texas Tech’s winning ways on the hardwood with a 21-14 record that included a trip to the Women’s Invitational Tournament where the Red Raiders reached the round of 16. Curry expects an even stronger team in 2013.


Location: Lubbock, Texas
Population: 233,740
Founded: 1923
Enrollment: 30,102
Nickname: Red Raiders
Colors: Scarlet and Black
President: Guy Bailey
Athletic Director: Kirby Hocutt
Website: http://www.texastech.com

2011 Football Record: 5-7
2011-12 Men’s Basketball: 8-23
2011-12 Women’s Basketball: 21-14 (WNIT)



Pro Football Hall of Fame: None

Texas Tech Bowl Game History
2011, TicketCity Bowl vs. Northwestern (W)
2010, Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State (W)
2009, Cotton Bowl vs. Mississippi (L)
2008, Gator Bowl vs. Virginia (W)
2006, Insight Bowl vs. Minnesota (W)
2006, Cotton Bowl vs. Alabama (L)
2004, Holiday Bowl vs. Cal (W)
2003, Houston Bowl vs. Navy (W)
2002, Tangerine Bowl vs. Clemson (W)
2001, Alamo Bowl vs. Iowa (L)
2000, Galleryfurniture.com Bowl vs. East Carolina (L)
1998, Independence Bowl vs. Mississippi (L)
1996, Alamo Bowl vs. Iowa (L)
1995, Copper Bowl vs. Air Force (W)
1995, Cotton Bowl vs. USC (L)
1993, Sun Bowl vs. Oklahoma (L)
1989, All-American Bowl vs. Duke (W)
1986, Independence Bowl vs. Mississippi (L)
1977, Tangerine Bowl vs. Florida State (L)
1976, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Nebraska (L)
1974, Peach Bowl vs. Vanderbilt (T)
1973, Gator Bowl vs. Tennessee (W)
1972, Sun Bowl vs. North Carolina (L)
1970, Sun Bowl vs. Georgia Tech (L)
1965, Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech (L)
1964, Sun Bowl vs. Georgia (L)
1956, Sun Bowl vs. Wyoming (L)
1954, Gator Bowl vs. Auburn (W)
1952, Sun Bowl vs. Pacific (W)
1949, Raisin Bowl vs. San Jose State (L)
1948, Sun Bowl vs. Miami (Ohio) (L)
1942, Sun Bowl vs. Tulsa (L)
1939, Cotton Bowl vs. St. Mary’s (L)
1938, Sun Bowl vs. West Virginia (L)

NFL First-Round Draft Picks
2009, Michael Crabtree, WR (San Francisco)
1983, Gabe Rivera, NT (Pittsburgh)
1981, Ted Watts, DB (Oakland)
1965, Donny Anderson, RB (Green Bay)
1964, Dave Parks, WR (San Francisco) *
1945, Walt Schlinkman, FB (Green Bay)

* No. 1 overall pick

Men’s Basketball:

Naismith Hall of Fame: Bobby Knight

Texas Tech NCAA Tournament History
2005, Sweet 16
1996, Sweet 16
1976, Sweet 16
1962, Sweet 16
1961, Sweet 16

NBA First-Round Draft Picks
1997, Tony Battie (Denver)

* No. 1 overall player selected

Women’s Basketball:

Naismith Hall of Fame: Marsha Sharp

Texas Tech NCAA Tournament History
2005, Sweet 16
2003, Elite Eight
2002, Sweet 16
2001, Sweet 16
2000, Elite Eight
1999, Sweet 16
1996, Sweet 16
1995, Elite Eight
1994, Sweet 16
1993, NCAA Champions
1992, Sweet 16

WNBA First-Round Draft Picks
2003, Plenette Pierson (Phoenix)
1998, Alicia Thompson (New York)


Popular Attractions: Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, Silent Wings Museum, Museum of Texas Tech University, Llano Estacado

Popular Restaurants: Skyviews, Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ, Blue Sky Texas, Home Café

Lodging: Baymont Inn and Suites, Guest House Inn & Extended Stay, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Woodrow House Bed and Breakfast, Embassy Suites Lubbock, Overton Hotel and Conference Center, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Lubbock


Football: 1-0 (Last meeting 1938, WVU 7-6)
Men’s Basketball: 1-0 (Last meeting 2005, WVU 65-60)
Women’s Basketball: First meeting

TEXAS TECH-WEST VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS: Former West Virginia University football coach Jim Carlen also coached at Texas Tech; current head coach Dana Holgorsen was once an assistant coach on Mike Leach’s Red Raider staff.

DID YOU KNOW?: Texas Tech, with 1,839 acres, has the second largest contiguous campus in the United States and is the only school in Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school at the same location.


Michael Fragale, Julie Brown, Chris Ostien and Alyssa Casalino also contributed to this report

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