It's been quite an interesting week around the Texas Tech campus. A few new faces were added to the 2012 Red Raider football recruiting class while one familiar face for the last 10 years decided to leave the campus – possibly for good this time.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported late Thursday night that men's basketball assistant coach Chris Beard would no longer be with the Red Raiders, leaving on his own terms.
Beard leaves after spending only 77 days under new head coach Billy Gillispie, who retained Beard as his first assistant coach on April 7. Beard spent nine seasons under Bob and Pat Knight.
Gillispie also hired former Villanova assistant Chris Walker along with long-time Knight assistant coach and former Texas Tech player, Bubba Jennings.
Gillispie will have to search for at least two more assistants over the next few weeks but may not need any more commitments for the current 2011 class. Gillispie has nine incoming players that will somehow have to merge with the current roster of nine players.
Busy Nine Days For Tuberville, Football
So how do you follow up signing the best recruiting class in Texas Tech football history? Well, if you're Tommy Tuberville, you just keep going after the big fish, apparently.
Tech signed four more players to its 2012 class over the last nine days – including five-star WR Dominique Wheeler (Crockett HS). Wheeler is currently listed as the No. 4 receiver in the nation and 48th best player overall.
Wheeler is a multi-purpose threat rushing 80 times for 1,187 yards and 16 touchdowns during his junior season in 2010 while catching 16 passes for 305 yards and seven TDs. He played quarterback, as well; completing 31 of 49 passes for 497 yards and five TDs.
The Red Raiders then added DT Anthony Smith (Westfield HS, Houston, TX), LB Ryan Flannigan (Marshall HS, Missouri City, TX) and then ended the week by getting a verbal commitment from OL Trey Keenan (Argyle HS, Argyle, TX).
"I've always kind of considered myself a Tech fan," Keenan said. "No one in my family has ever gone there or anything but I always wanted to be Texas Tech on the video games and things like that. But I just felt at home out there.
"I've always been a boots and blue jeans type of guy and there's no better place than West Texas for that. I'd like to get involved in wildlife management and they have a good school for my major plus there's a need for offensive linemen, so it just made sense."
Future Red Raider Wins Golf Tourney
Texas Tech fans have learned that Greg Sands certainly has an eye for talent all over the world, and Clement Sordet is certainly no exception.
The French product won on the first hole of a sudden death playoff Sunday in the Allianz Open International of the Alps Golf Tour, finishing with a 15-under-par, 269 (66-72—65-66).
Sordet will enroll in the fall at Texas Tech.
Tomlinson Gets Gold Glove, Renovation Underway at Dan Law Field
Former Texas Tech SS Kelby Tomlinson was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings Division I Gold Glove Team. He is the first Red Raider and first Big 12 Conference player to ever be named to the team, which is only comprised of nine players – one from each position.
Tomlinson had a .971 fielding percentage with 86 putouts and 212 assists while committing just nine errors.
On Friday, Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance, Tech President Dr. Guy Bailey, Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt and baseball head coach Dan Spencer were on hand with others to break ground on the $5 million renovation to Dan Law Field, which will be complete before the beginning of the 2012 season.
It was also discovered during the ceremony that the complex would be renamed in honor of an anonymous majority donor who was not in the audience. The name will be revealed in the next few weeks.
The renovation by MWM Architects will include 10 luxury suites, club area with outdoor seating for 75 people, new broadcast and press area and 1,154 chair-back seats that will help increase total capacity to 4,921.