As the Texas Tech athletic department starts to gear up for the 2013-14 academic/athletic season, there is one thing that the department yearns for ... Stability. I think we have achieved this with the football program and Kliff. He himself, as well as the staff he has brought in, has a genuine want and desire to see the football program get bigger and better, and they will be here for the long-haul to make sure that happens. Nothing has made me happier than when I watched Coach Wallerstadt on the recent "All Access" video on Texas Tech TV, when he said that he loves Lubbock, and all the coaches love it there, and the players better get used to them because they're all in it for a long time. That is something we haven't had in a few years, and that's knowing and trusting that our football program is in the right hands ... hands that care about us and the state of our program.
For the past month (and really all year) I have thought that about Chris Walker. I thought he would bring a sense of pride and ownership to the program, and I've always felt like he would be the right hire. I thought he would build the basketball program up, and take pride in making it his and getting us where we all wanted to be.
I haven't had that feeling with Tubby, because of his age and the "grinder" job that our program really is. That doesn't mean he won't. And I am huge on giving everyone a chance. He is not a snake oil salesman, and he his honest and handles himself with class. One thing Walker always did was represent the Double-T with class, and I was always proud to call him our coach. I think I will feel that way about Tubby as well. He will represent our wonderful school with class, I just hope he also sticks around to make sure it is built up the way we need it. I want to think he will, and I love to be optimistic.
But stability is huge for our school right now, and that's what I want. I want our next years recruiting classes to play for the same coach their entire college career. I know that will be the case with football, and I want the case with basketball to the be the same.
You could argue that our most successful sports program over the past 20 years has been women's basketball. Marsha Sharp and now Kristy Curry have kept stability in that program. And now we need that for men's basketball and football. No change in D coordinator, no change in men's basketball.
Let's trust Kirby feels the same way, and has us going in the right direction.
Wreck 'Em, ZBR '06