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Brandon Chatmon, ESPN
The tangible result of Texas Tech’s ball-security struggles was a minus-51 points-off-turnovers margin in 2013. The Red Raiders’ 15 fumbles and 18 interceptions made life much more difficult for Kingsbury during his first season, as turnovers are directly tied to Texas Tech’s five losses in 2013. A turnover margin of minus-9 in those games, including a minus-4 turnover margin in the fourth quarter alone, underscores the importance of Kingsbury changing the turnover trend in Lubbock.
Adding to the misery was Texas Tech’s penalty troubles. It had the fourth-most penalties in the nation in Kingsbury’s first season with 103 total penalties and an average of 75.2 penalty yards per game. Penalties aren’t as big an issue as the turnovers, as the three teams with more penalties than the Red Raiders — Baylor, UCLA and Oregon — combined to win 32 games last season.
Callie Jones, Texas Tech Today
Cosby centered his talk around the educational experience in college, encouraging students to work hard regardless of the material. He compared students who often are afraid of—and subsequently give up on—math to those same students’ interest in sports, where regardless of the rigor of the task at hand, young people will practice intensely so that they can do well on the field or the court.
“Practice putting your mind—and your heart—into each and every subject,” Cosby said. “That way you are putting yourself into something important. You’ve come to college to get an education, not to ease into your credentials.”
Don Williams, Lubbock A-J
The Division IA Faculty Athletic Representatives Board of Directors, of which Texas Tech’s Brian Shannon is president, on Wednesday endorsed many of the proposals made by the College Athletes Players Union (CAPA) in the high-profile case involving Northwestern athletes.
The faculty representatives called for athletes to get more time away from their sports, a moratorium on on-campus summer athletic activities and scrutiny of the NCAA’s 20-hour rule and its many loopholes. It also backed one-semester seasons.