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Texas Tech Saturday Morning Notes - Holgorsen Leaves Edition

Double-T Nation News:

If you're a student, go watch some basketball games today. As pointed out by Hyatt yesterday, if you attend the men's game at 1:00 p.m. you can also get in free for the women's game against the Aggies at 7:00 p.m. And tonight's women's game is "Take a Kid to the Game" where children under the age of 14 can get in for $1 and the first 250 students will get a free soda, popcorn and t-shirt. Sounds like a helluva deal.

Texas Tech Basketball:

LAJ's Jeff Walker has his preview for day's game and writes about how both of these teams are frustrated, especially the Cowboys, whose only conference win is against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders really need to protect their home court and come away with a win.


FWST's Dwain Price has a nice feature on Charlie Burgess and his adjusting to life in Texas after living in Harlem for most of his life. Here's Coach Pat Knight on Burgess:

"He started out slow during the year and we were a little worried," said Pat Knight, Texas Tech's head coach designate. "But we jumped on him and we actually turned over the reins to him and he's picked up the leadership a little more.

"In all the team meetings we just told him to take it over, he's got to be the vocal guy, and he's got to be the personality guy. He's the reason we probably won the TCU game in a comeback win."

Go read the whole thing this morning.

Texas Tech Football:

LAJ's Don Williams and DMN's Brandon George both have updates regarding Holgorsen leaving Texas Tech to be the offensive coordinator at University of Houston. In Williams' article, Leach had this to say about Holgorsen:

"I think (losing him) is significant,'' Leach said. "(But) the knowledge base hasn't changed. Me and virtually the rest of our offensive staff are all still here. You just hire a good coach and proceed from there.''

In George's article, receivers coach Lincoln Riley had this to say about Leach:

"It's a good opportunity for him. I know he's excited to get out there and branch out and call the plays himself," Tech wide receivers coach Lincoln Riley said. "If you want to have a chance to move up at some point, you have to be the guy controlling the play-calling. He's done a great job here. He learned a lot from Coach Leach. He's recruited the Houston area for a long time and knows a lot of people down there. I think he'll do a great job there."

Here's the story from the Chron, which has some nice quotes from UH head coach Kevin Sumlin on hiring Holgorsen.

As I was trying to fall asleep last night I couldn't help but think about who the next offensive coordinator for Texas Tech will be. I do know that Leach likes "his" guys and I also know that Leach has done a pretty good job of picking out talented coaches (offensive line coach Matt Moore and the aforementioned Riley). That being said, I would expect that Leach promotes Riley to the offensive coordinator position and hires a new receivers coach. I wonder if Riley is ready to take the next step, but it's not a real big concern.

At the end of Williams' article, he mentions a couple more items. First, that Texas Tech is in on Navarro College offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb (6-8/300). I'm a little surprised that Texas Tech is going after a Juco tackle when the Red Raiders seem somewhat set at the entire offensive line, unless of course Reed is having a more difficult time coming back, of the staff feels that Webb is an improvement over Winn.

Second, that the replacement for the Tulsa game will be another I-AA school. I hate Tulsa.


Don't forget that if you have CSTV, you can watch Danny Amendola play with Team Texas against Team Nation today at 4:00 p.m. That works out perfectly for those of you trying to plan your television schedules for the day. Go watch the men's game at 1:00 p.m., head back home and watch Danny dominate more defenders, and then go watch the ladies take on the Aggies. That's a good sports day.