Texas Tech Red Raiders news: Softball program chaos, a Jones Stadium update, more

In today's Texas Tech Red Raiders news roundup, we look at complete chaos in the softball program, an update on the Jones Stadium renovations, and much more.
Construction crews remove the Double T scoreboard, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at Jones AT&T Stadium.

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Construction crews remove the Double T scoreboard, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at Jones AT&T Stadium. 0089 Year End 2022 Ar / Annie Rice/Avalanche-Journal / USA TODAY

Here is your Texas Tech news roundup for June 10, 2024.

Texas Tech softball coach unexpectedly resigns

After just two seasons on the job in Lubbock, Texas Tech head softball coach Craig Snider has unexpectedly resigned to take an assistant coaching role at Tennessee. This comes after Snider had made significant progress in the rebuilding of the program.

In 2023, Snider guided the program to a 31-22 record, a nine-win improvement over the previous season. This year, Tech went 29-21 and narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament as one of the first four teams left out of the field. What's more, Snider had put together a top-5 recruiting class for 2025.

Now, the Red Raider softball program must find its fourth head coach in the last six seasons. That is certainly a disappointing turn of events for a program that continues to struggle to find its footing.

USF pitcher commits to Texas Tech

Texas Tech's baseball team has landed an intriguing transfer pitcher. South Florida's Jack Cebert has announced his intention to play for the Red Raiders in 2025.

A 6-foot-3, 207-pound righty, Cebert amassed a 7-6 record in 15 pitching appearances this past season. Making 13 starts, he had a 5.72 ERA with 61 strikeouts, 19 walks and 91 hits allowed across 74 innings. Opponents had a .303 batting average against him.

The Tampa, Florida native has only one year of eligibility remaining. Now, he'll spend it trying to help the Red Raiders bounce back from a disappointing 2024 season.

Texas Tech hurdler Caleb Dean wins 400 hurdles in world-class time

During this weekend's NCAA Outdoor Track Championships, Red Raider hurdler Caleb Dean captured the national title in the 400m hurdles. That in and of itself is noteworthy but the time he posted made many around the track world take notice.

Dean ran a 47.98 on his way to the title. That's the second-best time ever recorded by an NCAA athlete and the 11th-fastest time in the history of the event worldwide.

Texas Tech alum Josh Jung nearing return from broken wrist

Nearly ten weeks after breaking his wrist when struck by a pitch, former Texas Tech and current Texas Rangers' third baseman Josh Jung appears ready to return from the injured list. In fact, he could be nearing the start of a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.

Jung reportedly began taking full swings over a week ago. What's more, he took batting practice on Saturday.

“The swing is starting to feel normal,” Jung said after his round of batting practice. “It’s not fully there, but it’s on the way.”

Texas Tech provides South Endzone construction update

With the 2024 Texas Tech football season rapidly approaching, there is continued interest in the progress of the Jones Stadium South Endzone project. This weekend, the university gave fans another update on the construction.

Perhaps that best part of this update is the look inside the Red Raiders' gameday locker room. Interestingly, the new lockers are adorned with images of the traditional flat Double T rather than the 3-D Double T that the program has utilized as its primary logo since the 1990s.

Is that a sign that the old Double T might be making a comeback as the program's primary logo? Some conspiracy theorists might choose to believe so. Of course, if that shift were going to occur, 2024 would be the perfect time with the switch from Under Armour to Adidas as the university's athletic wear provider requiring a rebranding across the university.