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Texas Tech Football

We've got a few football notes to help bide our time until the football season begins. The first is a bit of good news regarding Texas Tech student-athletes. The Texas Tech football program graduated 70% of our student-athletes from the 2001 and 2002 classes. There were only 3 other schools who managed this 70% mark: Baylor, Nebraska and Texas. Congratulations to the staff, and when I say stay I mean the coaching staff, the academic advisors, the whole crew. That's quite an accomplishment.

SEN"s Tim Griffin has this week's edition of his Big 12 Insider. Lots of good stuff here, the main focus is on Kansas State head coach, Ron Prince, and his desire to schedule tougher non-conference opponents. Tim does predict the non-conference records this year and believes that Tech has the 9th toughest non-conference schedule:

9. Texas Tech: Not as easy as some of Mike Leach's previous non-conference trips to the pastry wagon. A potentially troublesome game at SMU could await the Red Raiders in their first return to Gerald Ford Stadium since the infamous 2004 game where Leach nearly brawled with SMU coach Phil Bennett after Tech tried to score late in the game. The schedule also includes Tech's first trip to Rice since 1994, a rematch with UTEP after last season's wild 38-35 overtime victory and an easy finish against Northwestern State. Predicted record: 4-0.

The most interesting nugget from Tim's Insider is new that Colorado head coach Jeff Bzdelik has told 3 players that they won't receive much playing time next year, but they will continue to receive their scholarships. I appreciate that Bzdelik is giving these kids notice that their services won't be needed, but wish there were some way the NCAA could figure out how to not take away a year of eligibility as they probably should transfer.