If only Texas Tech could play a little defense. That has been a familiar saying around Lubbock since, oh, 2000, when Mike Leach brought his pitch-and-catch game to the Plains. Leach is long gone and Tommy Tuberville is now calling the shots, but the Red Raiders are still struggling to stop opponents. Tuberville's first two teams have each finished 114th nationally in total defense. While indications are that the defense will be improved in 2012 (can it get any worse?), how far the team goes will depend on that unit's improvement.
After the jump is a season ticket video produced by the school.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin made his way to Columbia, Mo., on Saturday for the Texas Tech-Missouri game, the final Big 12 Conference home game for the Tigers, who are off to the Southeastern Conference next season.
The Tigers were without coach Gary Pinkel, who was serving a one-game suspension after being served one too many glasses of red wine before getting behind the wheel of his vehicle earlier in the week. Nonetheless, Missouri became bowl eligible with a 31-27 victory.
There are more photos after the jump, and you can view Greg's full gallery by clicking here.
The Pacific 12 announced Tuesday night that it would remain a 12-team league, ending the expansion talk that included Big 12 members Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
It's the second year in a row Pac-12 had flirted with the four schools and like last year, the deal-breaker was Texas' reluctance to share revenue from the Longhorn Network. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is said to have met last weekend with officials from Texas, but the Longhorns' financial demands simply did not fit into Scott's "culture of equality."
That left Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as possible additions, but with little discussion it was determined that expanding to 14 teams was awkward and not financially worthwhile.
An earlier report had Oklahoma demanding the ouster of Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, pictured above, as part of a deal to keep the Sooners in the league. But when the Pac-12 slammed the door, Oklahoma appeared to lose its bargaining chip. For the time being, Beebe still has a job.