Texas Tech announced the 2015 Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor inductees, plus Tubby Smith talks about the father-son relationship in being a coach to one of your sons.
Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Announced. Congrats to the new Texas Tech Hall of Fame inductees:
- Lin Elliott (1988-91) Place Kicker: “Elliott was one of the top place kickers in Texas Tech history during his career as a Red Raider from 1988-91. An All-Southwest Conference selection in 1991, Elliott matched the Texas Tech single-season record with 17 field goals in 1991, a record that remained in place until 2013.”
- Ronnie Mattson (1973-76) Shortstop: “Mattson was just the fifth Red Raider in program history to be named an All-American in 1976 when the shortstop earned second-team honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association. A two-time All-Southwest Conference selection (1975-76), Mattson finished second in the SWC batting race in 1976 after hitting .389 overall with 46 RBI.”
- Delroy Poyser (1982-85) Jumps/Relays: “Poyser was among the first great Texas Tech track and field athletes as he was a three-time All-American and an Academic All-American during his Red Raider career from 1982-85. Poyser’s career was highlighted by a pair of third-place finishes in the triple jump (1983) and long jump (1984) at the NCAA Indoor Championships.”
- Tate Randle (1978-81) Safety: “Randle was a two-time All-Southwest Conference first team selection at safety during his Red Raider career from 1978-81. Known as one of the top defensive backs in school history, Randle wrapped his Red Raider career among the all-time leaders in interceptions as his six picks from 1979 rank tied for seventh in the school record book while his 14 career interceptions are tied for third overall.”
- Vic Spooner (1952-53) End: “Spooner was an All-Border Conference end for the 1953 Red Raiders that finished 11-1 overall after defeating 17th-ranked Auburn in the Gator Bowl. Spooner was a co-captain as a senior in 1953 as he helped lead the Red Raiders to their most wins in program history.”
Also honored was Ken Murray, who will be inducted into the Hall of Honor, and was the head athletic trainer for over 24 years for Texas Tech.
Over/Under on Season Wins. CBS Sports’ Jerry Hinnen picks the over or under for all of the Big 12 and picks Texas Tech to finish with under 6 wins.
Miscellaneous. LAJ’s Joshua Koch talked with MLB pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, who is Patrick Mahomes’ godfather. When Mahomes was drafted, I recall hearing an interview with Hawkins talk about Mahomes and how he knew that Mahomes wasn’t going to play baseball because he was not only better at football, but loved football. I also have heard that Hawkins was about to whip some Longhorn tail after Mahomes took that viscious hit last year. Some UT fan cheer, Hawkins stood up (he’s 6’5″) and it got quiet. Real quiet . . . Wreck’Em 24/7’s Daniel Paulling interviews a Texas Tech target in Irving Nimitz Noah Spears . . .
Coaching Fathers and Playing Sons. SB Nation’s Roger Sherman has a unique look at coaching fathers and the sons that play for them (or against them) as Father’s Day approaches. There’s a ton of quotes there from Tubby Smith as well as Saul, currently on staff, and G.G., currently the head coach at Loyola (MD).