When information broke just a few weeks in the past that the colleges of Oklahoma and Texas had utilized for admission to the Southeastern Convention, you might hear a soccer drop in Lubbock.
Oh no! There goes the Huge 12. There goes Texas Tech’s ticket to the large time. There goes all that tv cash. There goes recruiting. Second-tier standing, right here we come.
Phooey! In my thoughts, nothing may very well be farther from the reality. And I don’t consider I’m within the minority right here as a result of I do know the confirmed resiliency, combating spirit and staunch impartial nature of West Texans – the parents who name the Pink Raiders their very own – in addition to Texas Tech college students, directors and alumni.
From this nook, jettisoning these self-righteous Longhorns and Sooners from the image simply may be the Get Out of Jail Free card that provides the Pink Raiders a fantastic alternative to flee the shadow and can of UT and take an actual management function within the rebuilding of a dynamic Huge 12. The need is there. The instruments are there.
Look, Texas’ conceitedness, deceit and greed destroyed the outdated Southwest Convention, expedited the departures of Texas A&M, Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado from the unique Huge 12 and has now despatched the eight remaining members scrambling for a reputable and worthwhile touchdown place. It was solely a matter of time till the ‘Horns shed themselves of the “lowly likes” of Tech and Baylor and TCU.
A hurried however exhaustive verify of the faculty sports activities panorama by President Lawrence Schovanec, Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt and others in current days discovered no such sanctuary. The perceived most engaging spot for Tech – the one Pink Raider trustworthy had saved fingers crossed for — was the Pac-12. That dream evaporated when officers of that league stated they weren’t within the temper nor thoughts for growth. The opposite three Energy 5 conferences had been off the board, too; they had been both full up or geographically untenable or completely pleased with their tons. Thus, logic dictated that it was time to pledge allegiance to the Huge 12.
Within the not-too-distant future, the likes of Cincinnati, Houston, Central Florida and BYU will likely be making their approach to our truthful metropolis to compete towards a few of the most distinctive student-athletes, coaches and groups the NCAA (hardly an acronym for management in recent times) has to supply. In the event you comply with intercollegiate athletics, you recognize these 4 faculties should not the dregs. And who is aware of what may comply with. Presumably a Huge 16?
All through all the present uncertainty (realignment, playoffs, TV cash, governance) — and upheaval (switch portal and identify, picture, likeness pay), it’s vital to maintain one thing in thoughts: Texas Tech is rather more than a soccer program. It’s a world-class college with an incredible model and legions of graduates who’ve made and proceed to make their marks throughout the nation and world.
The resume Tech’s management just lately compiled and distributed to different conferences and universities proves the varsity doesn’t take a again seat to anybody. Rely benefits resembling a 5-Star Campus Satisfaction score, Carnegie Tier I designation, a high Hispanic Serving Establishment, lofty commencement and job placement rankings, and athletic amenities second to none. The Pink Raiders stick out like a pink Ferrari in a number of classes.
One that actually captured my consideration is the Company Recruiter School Graduate Rating, a nationwide survey of some 350 company enterprise recruiters performed in 2019 by Whitman Perception Methods. These recruiters ranked Tech ninth total, first in Texas and among the many high six public establishments within the U.S.
Different establishments within the high 10 included Harvard, MIT, Yale, New York College, Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA, Arizona State and Cal Poly.
In response to the survey, the college ranks within the high 10 amongst recruiters nationwide as the varsity with the best-trained, educated, and able-to-succeed-once-hired graduates. And company recruiters search out Tech grads largely as a result of faculty’s total popularity, in addition to their total preparedness, work ethic, and Texas location.
Now there’s one thing that can hit you sq. between the eyes for those who’re a Tech pupil or excited about turning into one. And isn’t high quality of schooling and preparedness only a wee bit extra vital than soccer ledger?
As Schovanec likes to level out, “Pink Raiders all the time band collectively and get issues achieved.” The hope right here is that they do precisely that in these coming months … present Texas and Oklahoma and the world that Tech will in the end dictate its personal future, simply because it has since 1923, simply accurately.
Norval Pollard is a former longtime A-J journalist who makes his residence in Lubbock.