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 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: Fight and grit? Raiders have plenty

Another Texas Tech home football game, another walk-off field goal in overtime, another storming of the field. The first two were in the bright sunshine and mid-80s of September,... — Updated 11/29/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: Tech pushes past behind to earn bowl

As the shadows lengthened in the late afternoon on Saturday in Ames, Iowa, the biting cold was getting sharper by the minute. Game time was still a couple of hours away in this... — Updated 11/22/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: For Shough, his time may be now

In the beginning, there was Tyler Shough, followed by Henry Columbi, followed by Donovan Smith, followed by Shough again, followed by Smith again, followed by Behren Morton and foll... — Updated 11/15/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: Fourth-down gambles are a mixed bag

When it’s fourth down in the second halves of tight games, most fans will cup their hands and shout, “Go! Go!” to normally too-conservative coaches. At Texas Tech, with a... — Updated 11/8/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: Tech not as bad or good as it seems

There’s an old dusty manual of sports sayings somewhere, and in it is this one: A team isn’t as good as its best game and isn’t as bad as its worst. That one is true,... — Updated 11/1/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: What? Actual defense at Tech?

There are any number of examples to illustrate the gross ineptitude and coaching malpractice of the Texas Tech defense over the last dozen years. All speak to the horror show that... — Updated 10/25/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: Who plays at QB? Morton is future

An open date for Texas Tech was a much-needed reprieve at the midpoint of the football season. Injuries, inevitable with any team, were starting to become a factor for a team... — Updated 10/18/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

A debut that exceeded anyone's expectations

He occasionally played at a time when most fans were filing out of the stadium. They didn’t care to take the time to look, to search for the details in his decisions or notice... — Updated 10/11/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: Tech's goal? Be as good as K-State

When little kids grow up, most want to be a police officer or firefighter, maybe a cowboy. They never want to be an accountant. That’s much too dull. When the Texas Tech football... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    News

Commentary: Changing a culture is elusive and hard

Texas Tech staggered Texas with a fourth-quarter comeback. The Red Raiders were on the verge of a win but somehow the Longhorns tied the score and now the game was in overtime.... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: Reality exposes where Tech is and how far away

Turns out the 2022 Texas Tech football season is not a made-for-TV Disney movie after all. You know the plot – new coach is hired and excites the fan base as he instantly rescues... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: Class in session for young Tech QB

“That’s the way to throw the football – good job!” “What are you doing? Why are you throwing it there?” “All right! Big-time scramble there!” “Don’t hold the bal... — Updated 9/13/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: This is a fish that Tech should keep

The opponent was Houston Baptist – the university, not a church. It was two years ago, and the delayed 2020 college football season under the cloud of COVID was tepidly... — Updated 9/6/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Commentary: Texas Tech confronts challenging reality

We interrupt the final days of the nearly nine-month preseason coronation of Joey McGuire as head football coach at Texas Tech with one fairly sobering thought: The Red Raiders may... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Opinion: Tech may have found coaching fit

Joey McGuire was only 31. At such a young age, he had never been a head football coach. With Robert Woods resigning as head coach at Cedar Hill High School in suburban Dallas in... — Updated 8/23/2022

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    Sports

Opinion: College football losing what made it special

The way Texas Tech fans see the latest Armageddon blast from college football is that in a few years, the Red Raiders will be either: (A) Playing UCLA on a glorious October afternoo... — Updated 7/31/2021

 
 By Jon Mark Beilue    News

Co-pilots continue father's flight legacy

As Kevin Vaughan was descending Southwest Airlines aircraft N374SW into Tucson, Arizona, just after noon on Jan. 30, the moment finally hit him - the end of the plane his family... — Updated 2/7/2017

 

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