Oklahoman Published: August 6, 2000
1999: 6-5, 5-3.

Coach: Mike Leach,
first season.

Returning starters: 6 offense; 4 defense.

Shoes to fill: FB Sammy Morris, T Jonathan Gray, G Curtis Lowery, QB Rob Peters, DE Taurus Rucker.

Star power: RB Ricky Williams, FS Kevin Curtis, RB Shaud Williams, DT Kris Kocurek.

Strange but true: Tech almost was nicknamed the Dogies, as suggested by the Fort Worth Star- Telegram. The first athletic teams instead were known as the Matadors until 1936, when Red Raiders was adopted on the suggestion of Lubbock Avalanche-Journal sportswriter Collier Parris.

Glass half full: Tech has one of the nation's soundest programs, having been to five bowls in the last seven seasons. Players and the community seem to have embraced Leach. The Williamses are a wicked surname combination.

Glass half empty: With their first new coach in 13 years, time is needed for transition. Early success figures to breed late success. Early failure, however, could be difficult to overcome.

Why Texas Tech will go 8-3: Leach's creativity causes confusion for opponents.

Why Texas Tech will go 5-6: Players are overwhelmed by new system.


A synopsis of the 10 out of state conference schools compiled by John Helsley, John Rohde, and George Schroeder.

  • Baylor Bears
  • Colorado Buffaloes
  • Iowa St. Cyclones
  • Kansas Jayhawks
  • Kansas State Wildcats
  • Missouri Tigers
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • Texas Longhorns
  • Texas A&M Aggies
  • Texas Tech Red Raiders

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