On a campus referenced by Sports Illustrated as “the ugliest campus in America”, one that looks like a “prison,” a statue of a suicidal equine sits with its ass pointed toward Old Dime Box. Pre GPS statue placement didn’t always go as planned at a school whose academic accreditation has been taken away, a school producing diplomas that are worth about as much as used condoms or empty packs of clove cigarettes.
With the possible exception of Houston, the entry into the SWC by Texas Tech was always the most questionable move of the old conference. North Texas, a bigger and better academic institution, would have been a more logical choice. Tech gained admittance by having the Lubbock elite boycott shopping in Dallas, the home of the SWC offices. First of all, you’re talking about people driving twelve hours to go shopping when they needed something other than Purina Jackrabbit Chow or Miracle Grow for tumbleweeds. Secondly, I guess Dallas didn’t mind the economic windfall of selling beef jerkey and wind proof storm windows to our Lubbock friends, but to allow a discredited school into the conference for this reason is simply baffling.
Texas Tech is not a rival of Texas A&M. It doesn’t matter what the record on the football field has been over the past few years. Texas Tech is like your partially retarded cousin. Sure, he may beat you at horseshoes once every other year at the family reunion when he’s not in jail, but he has to return to his life as a socially unacceptable piece of shit, while you go back to your life as one of society’s elite. It may not be fair, but it’s a harsh reality. Parents, send your kids to North Texas or Houston, not to Tech. Give then a chance to at least be mediocre in life.
Mike Leach is the first thing that comes to mind when you consider Texas Tech football. A drunk, Leach has tried to get other jobs, but he’s stuck in Lubbock because he’s bat shit crazy. Leach has been considered for other jobs, but when he spends his interview sipping on a bottle of low grade liquor and talking about pirates and other weird stuff, he kind of scares people away. His continuous public complaining about how sorry Tech is and how disadvantaged he is to be stuck in Lubbock doesn’t help his cause, either. Publicly complaining about not having postage supplied by his school and firing assistants in the middle of the season are things that make potential employers or employees want to stay away from him.
The Dallas Morning News, the second largest newspaper in the state, won’t even send a reporter to Lubbock to cover Tech games because Leach doesn’t let his players talk to the media. If Leach had been the coach when Tech was trying to get into the SWC, maybe North Texas or TCU would be in the Big XII today.
On the field, Tech returns a system quarterback from Ennis and just about everybody on offense. Offense isn’t the problem. A defense that is not consistent has and always will haunt Leach, but they have eight starters back on that side of the ball as well. This is the year Leach has been gunning for. He has his team in place, and big things are expected out of the Red Raiders this year. The schedule sets up nicely. The only non conference threat is a game at Nevada. The conference schedule is overall favorable with a game at Oklahoma in the middle of November as a game that could be for the south division crown.
Let’s get serious, though. Texas Tech, with all their begging to get in the SWC and getting lucky to slide into the Big XII, has never won an outright conference title in football since joining the SWC. This could be their best team ever, but Deathburger predicts a 8-5 record with a bowl win. They will start out beating the hell out of everyone and will probably be throwing into the endzone against SMU late in the fourth quarter again, but they are what they are, and that is a second rate school with second rate players. Once they start reading their press clippings and believing they are truly a great team, they will start losing games like Tech girls losing panties.
Leach has done all he can in Lubbock. This will be as good as a Tech team can be, and it simply won’t be good enough.
Tech Notes – Michael Crabtree is a good player. Tech is the only school in the nation with uniforms resembling NASCAR, with corporate sponsors other than the uniform manufacturer on their jerseys. Jones SBC Stadium is the second worst stadium in the Big XII south behind Floyd Casey Statium. Tech fans are known as classless clowns. Pat Green attended Texas Tech, thus he had no problem selling out to Nashville.