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Oklahoma State says that the East Texas region is full of athletes and head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants in on the action.
More and more, the Red Raiders and the Cowboys might be squaring off in places like Lufkin and Tyler. Oklahoma State sees East Texas as a prime recruiting territory, and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has made it a priority, too.
Does it have potential to be a battleground?
“I hope so,” Kingsbury said this week at Big 12 media days in Dallas. “We’ve got some really good players out of there — Reggie Davis (from Tenaha) and Gary Moore (Clarksville) and Patrick Mahomes (Whitehouse). We just love the way those kids compete. There’s no sense of entitlement there. They’re coached hard.
“We’re going to try get as many East Texas kids as we can, and they seem to love Lubbock. It’s a smaller-town feel, and it works for them.”
Social Media and many websites have been a buzz about Kingsbury’s watch.
The Texas Tech coach appeared at a Big 12 football media day Monday all suited and booted as usual. His giant (apparent) Breitling Mulliner watch – a brand favored by the likes of Harrison Ford, John Travolta and David Beckham – was so striking that a photographer asked to see it.
The two talked about what kind it was, Kingsbury revealed he didn’t know exactly which of the $100,000 and up watch line it was.
“He got it as a gift 10 years ago when he was playing in NFL Europe and has worn it ever since,” Tech spokesperson Blayne Beal told Redraiders.com, “He could care less if it’s real or not. He just likes the watch.”
The men’s basketball team will be heading to Vegas this year.
Texas Tech is one of eight teams selected to play in the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic, scheduled to be played in the December in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The field includes Abilene Christian, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Loyola Texas Tech, Boise State, Houston, Loyola-Chicago, South Carolina State and Southern Utah.
The Red Raiders, under the guidance of second-year head coach Tubby Smith, will play two games at United Supermarkets Arena before heading to Las Vegas.
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