MIDWEST CITY — In late August, Tre Porter thought he had his future — or at least the next four years — figured out. When Porter stood at the Carl Albert Fieldhouse and pulled on a red Texas Tech shirt over his dress clothes, he expected a calm few months leading up to signing day in February.
"I committed early so I could avoid all of the chaos,” Porter said. But after Texas Tech’s firing of coach Mike Leach and subsequent hiring of Tommy Tuberville, Porter concedes things are chaotic. Earlier this week, he officially withdrew his oral commitment to the Red Raiders. Although the Carl Albert defensive back/wide receiver still lists Texas Tech among the five schools he’s considering, he’s virtually back to square one in determining his college destination. "To find out that I had to go back into this mess is ridiculous,” Porter said. "You just have to learn to manage it. Sometimes you really don’t feel like talking, and sometimes you have to answer the same question 1,000 times, but sometimes you just have to be patient.” Porter first found out about Leach’s difficulties when Texas Tech running backs coach Clay McGuire called just before the news of Leach’s troubles surfaced. "He told me that it was getting blown out of proportion,” Porter said. "He said it was the first time anything like this had ever happened with Coach Leach and that he didn’t think he would be fired or anything.” Porter believed McGuire, the coach who had recruited him to Lubbock. But soon, Porter’s phone started ringing and ringing and ringing.