Dec 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (21) rushes against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Red Raiders Daily: Worst Apologies, RBs Rankings, Hogue Gone

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Sorry I’m not sorry: Ranking the best and worst apologies in Big 12 history

David Ubben, Fox Sports Southwest

October 2009: Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach non-apology to his players’ “fat little girlfriends.”

What he did: In a press conference following a 52-30 loss to Texas A&M, Leach said his players were listening too much to their “fat little old girlfriends”€ telling them €œ”how great you are.”

His apology: Non-existent. Two days later, he was asked if he would apologize. “No, I’€™m not apologizing to any of them,”€ Leach said. “€œAbsolutely not … as coaches we failed to make our coaching points and our points more compelling than their fat little girlfriends. Now, their fat little girlfriends have some obvious advantages. For one, their fat little girlfriends are telling them what they want to hear, which is how great you are and how easy it’€™s going to be.”

He continued: “As coaches we have to solve our failure on reaching them, and the players have to listen. I am willing to go to fairly amazing lengths to make that happen. I don’€™t know if I will be successful this week or not, but I am going to try, and there will be some people inconvenienced, and it happens to be their fat little girlfriends.”

Big 12 post-spring breakdown: RBs

Jake Trotter, ESPN.com

8. Texas Tech (6): The Red Raiders dropped two spots, largely because returning starter Kenny Williams played outside linebacker all spring and could remain there for good. But even if Williams becomes a full-time linebacker, Tech still could be solid at running back with veteran DeAndre Washington, sophomore Quinton White and incoming four-star freshman Justin Stockton, whom the Texas Tech coaching staff is very high on. Head coach and offensive play-caller Kliff Kingsbury wouldn’t have given Williams the go-ahead to move to defense if he didn’t feel optimistic about what remained in the backfield.

Tech special teams standout forced to give up football

Don Williams, Lubbock A-J

Texas Tech defensive back Summitt Hogue announced Tuesday on his Facebook account that he’s having to retire from football because of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal.

Hogue wrote that a specialist would not clear him to continue playing and that paperwork had been finalized.

“God closes doors to open new ones,” Hogue wrote. “It was a dream come true to wear the scarlet and black!”

A Tech spokesman confirmed the veracity of the social-media post.

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