JoJo Robinson‘s winding college football road will apparently take him next to Lubbock.
Using his Twitter account as a microphone, Robinson announced that, “with a lot of prayer and support,” he has decided to continue his playing career at Texas Tech. The wide receiver had spent the 2016 season at a junior college, thus making him eligible to play immediately in 2017.
Including this season, Robinson will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Originally a Florida State verbal, Robinson ultimately flipped to Arkansas to become a four-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2014 recruiting class. He was suspended for one game his first season in Fayetteville after he was arrested for armed robbery after signing with UA; that charge was ultimately dropped.
In 2015, Robinson was dismissed by head coach Bret Bielema, reportedly for not going to class. Prior to that dismissal, he caught six passes for 53 yards as a redshirt freshman.
The Red Raiders had lost at least two wide receivers to transfer this offseason, including their top pass-catcher, Jonathan Giles, in late April. Tech’s leader in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,158), receiving touchdowns (13) and yards per catch (16.8) last season ultimately opted for LSU a month later.
In early May, Tony Brown announced his decision to transfer as well. Earlier this month, he revealed that he would be moving on to Colorado.
As opening weekend of the 2017 season grows larger and larger on the horizon, there’s some news for the same weekend the following year that’s been confirmed.
As expected, both Ole Miss and Texas Tech announced Friday morning that the two football teams will open the 2018 season at Houston’s NRG Stadium, home of the NFL’s Texans. The game that will be a part of the annual Advocare Texas Kickoff series does not yet have a specific date or time for its kickoff.
The two programs have met in football five times previously, the first coming in 1986 and the last in the 2009 Cotton Bowl. The Rebels hold a slight 3-2 edge in the miniseries.
“We are excited to be part of this great event and play a tradition-rich opponent like Texas Tech,” said Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork in a statement. “In our scheduling process, we seek out marquee matchups at premier venues, and this is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our program on a grand stage. Houston and the state of Texas have become quite the hot bed for Rebel Nation, and we know our fans will continue our stellar reputation of supporting our team and filling up NRG Stadium.”
“We’re excited to return to Houston and take part in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff,” Bjork’s Tech counterpart, Kirby Hocutt, said. “The support of Red Raider Nation helped set a new Texas Bowl attendance record in our last trip to Houston, so we look forward to NRG Stadium being filled with scarlet and black once again to kick off the 2018 season.”
This year’s Advocare Texas Kickoff will feature LSU squaring off against BYU in Houston.
Tony Brown began his collegiate playing career with Darrin Chiaverini as one of his coaches. Now, it appears he’ll end it that way as well.
The wide receiver took to Twitter to announce that, after conversations with his family, he has decided to transfer from Texas Tech to Colorado. Brown will not play for or practice with the Buffaloes in 2017, instead choosing to enroll at the university in January of next year, per the Denver Post.
Counting the 2018 season, he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.
The past two seasons, Brown had 27 receptions for 378 yards and a touchdown. His 17.9 yards per reception as a true freshman in 2015 was tops on the Red Raiders.
Last month, Brown used the same social media site to announce his decision to transfer from Tech.
A three-star 2015 signee, Brown was recruited to Lubbock by Chiaverini. A Red Raiders assistant in 2014-15, the latter season in which he served as outside receivers coach, Chiaverini moved on to the Buffaloes as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 2016.
The corollary to Bob Stoops’ shocking retirement at Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon is that the Sooners need a new head coach.
It didn’t take long and the school didn’t have to go but down the hallway to find their replacement however as the program confirmed that the team’s offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley would be taking over the reigns as head coach in Norman.
“I’m sincerely honored to be given this opportunity to be the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma. I want to thank Coach Stoops for bringing me here two years ago and making me part of the Sooner family. He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, at any level. I’m absolutely thankful for our friendship and for the mentorship he has provided,” Riley said in a statement. “Coaching at Oklahoma is a dream come true for me and my family. I am extremely grateful to President Boren, Joe Castiglione, Chairman Bennett and the OU Board of Regents for believing in me and affording me this opportunity. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that Coach Stoops and so many others before him have instilled in this great program.”
Riley, just 33, instantly becomes the youngest head coach in all of FBS, besting Memphis’ Mike Norvell by nearly two years. He has been credited for a big part in the Sooners’ recent resurgence on the national and Big 12 scene and won the 2015 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach in his first year on the job at OU.
“I am thrilled that Lincoln Riley is in position to take over as the head coach. He is widely regarded as one of the brightest minds in college football and there is no question in my mind that he is the complete package. Our program is in very good hands,” added athletic director Castiglione. “Lincoln and I have a great relationship and I can’t wait to embark on this new era with him. I am sure our fans share my enthusiasm. We celebrate a tremendous legacy today and because of what Bob did here and the coach we have identified, we look forward to our future with great optimism.”
While Riley is plenty young, he has had success just about everywhere he’s been. The ‘Air Raid’ offense disciple was at East Carolina from 2010-2014 and prior to that spent seven seasons at his alma mater-turned-Big 12-rival Texas Tech. The Sooners are expected to have a pre-season top 10 team in 2017 so the new coach is walking into a good situation even if he does have to follow one of the legends of the game in the big chair.
It probably took a little longer than many had expected, but former Cincinnati and Texas Tech (among other stops) head coach Tommy Tuberville has apologized for comments he made last month comparing Lubbock, Texas to Iraq.
“I’m here to apologize,” Tuberville said this past week on the Thetford & Asbhy Show on 97.3 FM. “I shouldn’t ever said that. My mom said there’s an idiot born every day. That day, I was an idiot.”
Tuberville had most of his success during a 10 year run at Auburn but took over at Texas Tech in 2010 after Mike Leach was fired and went 20-17 over three seasons. He surprisingly departed for Cincinnati after the 2012 season and went 29-22 with the Bearcats before being fired.
“You run me off at Auburn and you ship me to Lubbock, Texas. I’m going to tell you what, that’s like going to Siberia,” Tuberville told an Alabama radio station during an interview. “Somebody asked me, ‘What’s Lubbock look like?’ It looked like Iraq.”
The former head coach recently gave serious consideration to running for governor in the state of Alabama but later backed out of the foray into politics.