Here is your Monday update of news and notes from around the Texas Tech athletic department and the NCAA.
After a thrilling Super Bowl LVIII, Texas Tech Red Raiders everywhere are celebrating another magical night from Patrick Mahomes II. The Red Raider product was named Super Bowl MVP making him the third player ever to win that award three times. He joins Joe Montana and Tom Brady as the only three-time Super Bowl MVP.
Mahomes threw for 333 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner in overtime as the Chiefs took down a pesky San Francisco 49ers team 25-23 on Sunday night. The win is the thrid world title in four years for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now, Mahomes has put himself in the conversation about his legacy and how it will stack up against other all-time greats in the sport. In fact, some are already calling the 28-year-old the best QB ever.
Mahomes' wife Brittany to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Not all of the spotlight in the Mahomes family belongs to Patrick as his wife Brittany has earned some recognition recently as she is set to appear in the 2024 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
The pair of high school sweethearts married in 2022 and have two children together. Brittany says that Patrick has been incredibly supportive of her as she appears in the Swimsuit Issue for the first time.
Mahomes sets a surprising Super Bowl record
Most don't put Patrick Mahomes in the category of a true dual-threat quarterback. However, in Super Bowl LVIII, he led his team in rushing with 66 yards, and that helped him set a career Super Bowl record for rushing yards.
In four Super Bowls, Mahomes has run for 139 yards. That number passes Joe Montana, another player who wasn't known as a run-first QB, who had 105 career rushing yards in four Super Bowl appearances.
The Texas Tech Lady Raiders hit rock bottom on the season
For most of the season, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders have been able to keep their heads above water. However, on Saturday night, they hit rock bottom by falling at home to last-place UCF 69-64.
Bailey Maupin put up a team-high 24 points, her 21st double-figure game this year. However, a 21-9 first-quarter deficit put the team in a hole that the Lady Raiders just couldn't climb out of. They now sit at 16-9 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play.
Texas Tech basketball to host Kansas
The Texas Tech basketball team will host Kansas on ESPN's Big Monday broadcast. It is an important Big 12 game with the teams separated by just a half-game in the Big 12 standings.
Texas Tech is 12-1 at home this season while Kansas is just 1-4 on the road in Big 12 play. However, all-time, KU is 16-6 in Lubbock. Tip time is 8 pm Central.
Other news from around the NCAA
In a fascinating move, Chip Kelly has resigned from his position as UCLA football head coach to become the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. Many believe that the changing landscape of the NCAA played a role in this move. It will be fascinating to see how other high-profile figures in the sport handle the uncertain future of college football.
Of course, Ohio State needed a new coordinator because Bill O'Brien, who was hired by the Buckeyes in January to run their offense accepted the head coaching position at Boston College last week. What's more, Boston College needed a new head coach because Jeff Hafley jumped ship on January 31 to become the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. These are unprecedented times in the college football word for sure.