Tim Tadlock’s Red Raiders were eliminated from College World Series play yesterday when they fell to Ole Miss 2-1 in the 9th inning. RedRaiders.com has a good article up detailing the loss and examining the bright future of Tech baseball under Tadlock.
OMAHA, Neb. — Tim Tadlock pinched the bridge of his nose as he got choked up and fought back tears.
Texas Tech had just been eliminated from the College World Series, suffering a 2-1 loss to Ole Miss.
His team’s season was over.
But, more than anything he wanted the players to understand what it meant when the crowd yelled, “Raider Power.”
He wanted them to understand they made it to Omaha by playing the game the right way.
And he wanted them to know that is why they could make it back.
“Hopefully they take something away from it,” Tadlock said. “Hopefully they all do and we learn from it and we learn from the good times and the bad times and we keep playing the game the right way.
“By no means does this mean it’s going to happen again.”
His tears went away with the next question.
But, that’s exactly what he had taught his team to do — to put a loss behind it and move on.
However, the Red Raider program won’t really move on from making the College World Series.
It doesn’t matter if Tech lost both of its games in Omaha.
Just making the CWS raises the profile of the program.
It makes recruiting easier.
It makes it easier for Tadlock to convince players like Tim Proudfoot and Dominic Moreno to stay in school and finish their education despite being taken in the later rounds of the Major League Baseball draft.
Texas Tech and Texas A&M may be interested in starting a non conference football series in the near future as both schools have been reported to have a mutual interest in reviving their rivalry.
The century-old traditional Thanksgiving week game against the Longhorns was the annual headliner in Texas, but the in-state rivalry with the Red Raiders was just as heated before the Aggies left for the SEC in 2012.
Nice chat with Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt. He said TT, A&M have “mutual interest” in scheduling football game “2020 or beyond.”
— kbohls (@kbohls) June 17, 2014
There was bad blood between the two fan bases during their days in the Big 12 and old Southwest Conference, but it could be more of a friendly rivalry if they meet again. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M for one season under Kevin Sumlin, and the two also worked together at the University of Houston.
Texas has a lopsided 76-37-5 series lead over Texas A&M, but Aggies have a much tighter battle against Texas Tech with 37-32-1 advantage.