It’s Wednesday. Time to check the mail.
@vivathematadors if we miss a bowl game again, is Kliff gone?— Cooper Burnett (@cooptr34) March 14, 2017
Yes. And if Kliff is not gone, that is because Texas Tech could not find a cheaper option. That contract is ridiculous.
In true Texas Tech athletics fashion, I truly believe we have an issue with being consistent and not being able to handle success. It’s all about mentality and I believe that was evident when playing on the road. “Close, but not quite there” is the theme for this season. Seven of Tech’s losses in conference play were by a combined 21 points.
With Chris Beard coaching the Tech men’s basketball team for one year, I highly doubt his recruiting class is strong enough to improve on this season. Don’t get me wrong, miracles can happen, but he is replacing five starting seniors. Veteran leaders can win you a lot of games in this conference, and that’s an area Tech will be lacking next season.
Have you seen our offensive line? Luckily, Texas Tech just hired a new offensive line Coach, Brandon Jones, from Cal. However, consistency is key when it comes to the trenches. Jones played center for the Red Raiders. I’m all good for keeping it in the Red Raider family, but this is not the good ol’ boys club. Tech needs to log wins regularly. With Tony Morales, Terence Steele, and Paul Stawarz returning to the fold, Jones will have his hands full developing the vets in addition to new faces like Jack Anderson.
I would be pleasantly surprised if he goes first round after his NFL Combine performance. He has great qualities like leadership and control; however, his footwork is still atrocious. I think he can absolutely translate to the NFL because of his strong mentality, but he desperately needs to work on his technique if he doesn’t want to end up in the QB graveyard that is Cleveland or even perhaps the New York Jets.
[Editor’s Note] You’re hilarious, Ryan. The argument is that, as a power-five conference member with generous contributions from an expansive alumni base, there’s a reasonable expectation Tech athletics should be competing for Big 12 championships across all sports, football among the rest. That’s all I’m saying.