Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech starting quarterback, has elected not to play baseball for Coach Tim Tadlock and the Red Raider's baseball team in 2016.
Patrick Mahomes has elected to not rejoin the #TexasTech baseball program in 2016. https://t.co/WDk8lTFYEw #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/Rsc50YoKV0— Texas Tech Athletics (@TechAthletics) January 20, 2016
Mahomes only appeared in 3 games for the Red Raider's baseball team, and was one of the best quarterbacks in the nation for the football team, so this comes as little surprise. Mahomes commented on the situation, stating:
"Not many college athletes have the privilege to play multiple sports at this level, so I'd like to thank Coach Tadlock, his staff, as well as my teammates on the baseball team for allowing me that opportunity"
"Moving forward, after speaking with my family following the bowl game, I feel it is in my best interests to concentrate solely on football and academic this spring. I know great things await the baseball program this season and I will be rooting them on every chance I get."
Mahomes did not appear in portions of spring games last year due to baseball, and several spring games were moved around to accommodate his baseball career. With this statement, Tech might have a little bit more stable spring game than last year. As previously stated, Mahomes only appeared in three baseball games as a freshmen, so this affects Tim Tadlock and Red Raider baseball very little. It seems like a win-win situation.