Morning Raider - 8/6

Texas Tech makes a few changes to the fall practice schedule that will effect when fans can see the team before the Red Raiders' Sept. 5 kickoff against SMU.

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The Lead

The latest news from the front offices of the Tommy Tuberville regime came yesterday afternoon while Don Williams, of The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, and I were on the radio discussing other sports topics such as the Rangers auction, Cowboys training camp, etc.

There have been changes to the Texas Tech fall training camp schedule, mainly effecting fans wishing to come out and see the Red Raiders in action before the Sept. 5 kickoff against SMU.

Saturday, Aug. 7 (3 p.m.) and Sunday, Aug. 8 (3:45 p.m.), are the only two dates that will be completely open for the full practice to the public and media, according to a release from the Tech athletics communications office on Thursday.

The release also states that there may be other opportunities announced throughout the season for fans to catch a glimpse of the action before the season starts.

This is not the biggest surprise to me, to be honest. Coach Tuberville and his assistant will be installing a lot of new plays and schemes that almost nobody else outside of the Tech football offices has seen. And in this day in age with Facebook, Twitter, cell phone cameras and live feeds to things like Ustream and Qik – straight from a cell phone – there has to be a certain level of caution as a football coach not wanting to let too many secrets get out.

Reporting Day

Texas Tech players "officially" report for fall practices today. All that really means is that fall practices are official underway and the period in which players can have contact with the head and assistant positional coaches has now started. Most of the players have been here since the first summer session began in June and others, like offensive lineman Beau Carpenter, have been here since the spring. First practice begins Saturday at 3 p.m.

Recruiting Trail

We are continuing to watch the final few spots of the 2011 class and the list of players that may be the next to give their verbal commitments to the Red Raiders. I hope to have a solid list some time today or tomorrow and will begin interviews with some of those players as well as getting scouting reports from our writers out and about making the rounds at high school practices.

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