Renovations for Jones AT&T Stadium to Begin After Season. LAJ's Don Williams continued his conversation with Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt, who says that Texas Tech will begin some of the renovations for Jones AT&T Stadium immediately after the season, although Hocutt also says that the indoor practice facility that is planned will not begin until it is fully funded. The IPF has received $30 million and will need $45 million before work can begin. The work that will begin after the season is as follows:
In Jones Stadium, all chairback seats and the majority of bench seats will be removed and replaced, and a floor of the east stadium building will be finished out to relocate some athletic department employees.
After that, work can begin to turn the north end zone building into an open-air stadium club with about 350 club-level seats extending off the front. Walkways will be added connecting sections 112A and 112B on the north end of the stadium to the club space.
Hocutt said Thursday the seats-and-benches replacement figures to begin in January.
"We've moved that project forward," Hocutt said, "and I think it's one that will make the inside bowl of the stadium look brand new. Many of these chairbacks have been in the stadium since the 1950s."
The article notes that the North endzone construction mentioned may not be finished until 2016. Also of note is the idea that Texas Tech hopes to utilize the turf on the field for three more seasons, and Texas Tech is currently in its ninth year to use the current field turf.
Daniels to Make his Own Decision. LAJ's Daniel Paulling writes about how 2015 Texas Tech prospect DT Darrion Daniels, who is the son of Tony Daniels, a former Texas Tech footballer, wants to make his own decision about where he will attend college next year. Here's Darrion talking about what his father has taught him and how he'll choose his own path:
"I would say 98 percent of what I know is because of him," the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder said.
Daniels has made official visits to Oklahoma (Oct. 17) and Tech (Nov. 1) and plans ones for Baylor and Oklahoma State. Those four schools, Iowa and Missouri comprise his top six choices.
But don't expect Daniels to commit to Tech just because his father went there.
"My dad is Tony Daniels," he said. "I'm Darrion Daniels. I want to make my own path."
Miscellaneous. Fox Sports' David Ubben has his weekly Big 12 power ratings and he also has his thoughts for week 11 . . . SAEN's Tim Griffin with his rankings of the colleges in the state of Texas . . .