Feb 25, 2014; Lubbock, TX, USA; The Texas Tech Red Raiders Masked Rider on the court during a time out in the game with the Kansas State Wildcats at United Spirit Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Red Raiders Daily: Starts Working to Rejoin Team, Tech Bowl Prediction

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Kingsbury: Door ‘halfway open’ for Starts to return, but classroom progress first order of business

Don Williams, Lubbock A-J

Kingsbury acknowledged he’s given Starts steps to follow if he wants to return to Tech.

Asked if the door’s open then, Kingsbury said, “It’s halfway open. We still have to sit down and discuss everything, but first and foremost he’s just got to get himself in position to have that conversation.”

Aside from Starts having to catch up academically, there’s the question of how he might be received given the way in which he departed.

Post-Spring College Football Bowl Game Predictions for 2014 — Liberty Bowl

Brian Pedersen, Bleacher Report

Where: Memphis, Tennessee

Predicted matchup: Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss

The Big 12 replaces the ACC in this game against an SEC opponent, and the projected matchup could challenge some Liberty Bowl records. Texas Tech’s performance in last year’s Holiday Bowl showed what it can do with a month to prepare, while Ole Miss’ attack keeps getting better each year.

These programs last met in the 2009 Cotton Bowl and combined for 81 points, so we’ll expect nothing less this time around.

Predicted winner: Texas Tech

Texas Tech Receives 9.45 Million From United Supermarkets

Texas Tech Athletics

Renovations to the arena are a top priority for the athletic department’s current fundraising effort, The Campaign for Fearless Champions, which has goals of enhancing athletic facilities, investing in scholarship endowments and growing the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy through donations and planned gifts.

State-of-the-art improvements will be made to locker rooms, film rooms and training facilities that have not been upgraded in the 15 years since the building’s construction. Additional funds will support other arena projects and priorities of The Campaign for Fearless Champions.

“The support from United Supermarkets brings great momentum to our campaign efforts,” said Kirby Hocutt, director of Texas Tech Athletics. “Today’s announcement will ensure that our arena remains an unparalleled venue in the Big 12 Conference and nation. Thank you to United Supermarkets for investing in our vision and student athletes.”

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