Walking Wounded and Injuries. I was home with Fitsum yesterday and so I missed a lot of news and other links, so that's just going to have to be okay. Anyway, the big news from yesterday's press conferences is that there are at least 12 injured players, 8 of them are on the defensive side of the ball. For those of you who like to watch the pressers, the official site has failed to post them on YouTube, I think for the second straight week, and Double-T 104.3 has 3 or 4 minutes of video from each press conference and for some reason, I just like watching the coordinators talk a bit.
The LAJ has a notebook full of those mentions of injuries as well as a story just about the inside receivers. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury seemed to think that Bradley Marquez and Jakeem Grant are likely to play (I think this is where he was going) but not sure about all of the defensive players. Offensive coordinator Eric Morris seemed to think that Grant and Marquez will get the week off from practice:
"I trust them because they've played enough football around here," Morris said. "You're not worried about what they do this week in practice with as many games and reps as they've had around here with what we like to do.
"We're going to try to give them a little rest and see how the week kind of plays itself out. Our main goal is to get those two kids to Saturday. Hopefully, we can work them into practice by the latest Wednesday and get them ready and fired up to go."
Also of note, Texas Tech finally had a good day regarding the penalty situation and this is what Kingsbury and RB DeAndre Washington said about what happens on Monday:
"We have a certain number of penalties that we either have some extracurricular after practice or we don't, and we fell under that number," Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday. "I don't know if (the players) were more excited about winning or the fact they were under that number on Saturday."
Running back DeAndre Washington said the Red Raiders have to limit penalties to six or seven, he wasn't sure which, to avoid paying for it.
"As long as we stay below that mark," he said, "then it's a much better Monday."
Sweeping the Weekend. I meant to post some FanShots, but just forgot or have run out of time, but just wanted to give a shoutout to the volleyball team, who beat Iowa State on Saturday morning, the soccer team, that beat #9 Kansas on Friday and TCU on Sunday, and the football team obviously got a win on Saturday. Congrats to all.
Krunkness 2014. The LAJ has an investigative report on the party known as "Krunkness 2014". This sounds silly to type, because again, this has been going on for years, probably at various locations, but the article makes it sound like that it happened at least at El Fronteriso at least once. Just to inform all of you old people (this includes me, but I at least know what it is because the kids like to talk about it on the twitter), this has been a pretty big party at Texas Tech for at least three years or more and it is always wild and it is always crazy. Please enjoy:
El Fronteriso is a faded blue 20,100-square-foot dance hall built on six acres in 1963, according to the Lubbock Central Appraisal District. The owner, Robert Guajardo, said its capacity is 2,500. Guajardo and law enforcement estimated between 1,200 and 2,000 people attended the event.
"I am really pissed off at them for allowing this to happen," Guajardo said. "I run a tight ship and have been doing this for more than 20 years. There have been scuffles before, but nothing ever like this."
Billed as "Krunkness 2014," the party was promoted as "the biggest college night to hit Lubbock, Texas," according to organizers who publicized the event on Facebook.
Members of Tech Greek organizations did not have to pay to attend.
El Fronteriso was rented out by Texas Tech alumni from Dallas to celebrate the homecoming game.
The word "krunk" is slang, derived from two words: crazy and drunk.
And whatever you do, don't blame Kingsbury for "allowing" college kids to go to wild-arsed parties. It's what college kids do. Also, I didn't have time to make a mention of the comments in the Grant injury post as some of them were thought to be classless as some of them were jokey in nature. I think we all think about things differently and if Grant was injured to the point where he was still in the hospital, then I think everyone would have had a more somber tone, but with the news that Grant was doing well and back home, then folks took some liberty with some jokes.
Miscellaneous. The SAEN has their Big 12 power rankings and also have a Big 12 notebook . . . our friend at Totally Texas Tech had some terrific photos from the Kansas vs. Texas Tech game . . .