Texas Tech Red Raiders | National University Holiday Bowl
The Texas Tech Athletics Communications staff will bring live updates from all of the festivities, practices and more from San Diego as the Red Raider football team participates in the National University Holiday Bowl. Tickets for the game are available for immediate purchase by visiting www.texastech.com.
PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH
December 29, 2013
Peace through Strength.
The motto of the USS Ronald Reagan rang forth throughout the behemoth ship this afternoon as Texas Tech and Arizona State student-athletes, coaches and staff took part in the 36th Annual Navy-Marine Corp Luncheon.
Today's luncheon was the climax of a week's worth of bowl events in San Diego as the two teams begin final preparations for the Holiday Bowl tomorrow night in Qualcomm Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 9:15 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.
The majesty and strength of our nation's military might was on display for both teams today aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. The Nimitz class ship (one of nine in the U.S. fleet) is currently in port at the Naval Base Coronado in the Port of San Diego.
The ship measures 1,092 in length and 252 feet in width while weighing 97,000 tons. The Reagan is powered by two Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors and carries a crew of 5,000 sailors and airmen.
Both teams had the opportunity to tour the ship following the luncheon which included photos on the massive flight deck.
Texas Tech's travel squad for tomorrow night's game left for an undisclosed hotel late on Sunday afternoon in order to place its full focus on the match-up against No. 16 Arizona State.
The final bowl event of the week steps off tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. (PT) with the annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade. The parade will follow Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego and will feature the Goin' Band From Raiderland, Raider Red and the Texas Tech Spirit Squads.
KINGSBURY MEETS WITH MEDIA IN SAN DIEGO
December 28, 2013
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury formally met with the media this morning at the Omni Hotel in downtown San Diego to preview Monday's National Holiday Bowl.
The first-year head coach joined Arizona State head coach Todd Graham in providing a glimpse into the highly anticipated match up set for Monday at Qualcomm Stadium in front of a national television audience on ESPN. The Red Raiders and No. 16 Sun Devils are scheduled to kick off at 9:15 (CT).
The press conference preceded a Battle of the Bands, and the U.S. Bank Holiday Bowl Kickoff Luncheon at the San Diego Convention Center. The Red Raiders met with fans and viewed a season highlight video while ESPN play-by-play broadcaster Joe Tessitore interviewed Tech team captains about their visit to the Holiday Bowl and expectations for Monday's game.
Tech fans can listen to Kingsbury tonight as the Red Raider head coach will preview the 2013 Holiday Bowl on `Red Raider Football With Kliff Kingsbury' set to broadcast live on the Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports 10-11 p.m. (CT). Fans in Lubbock can catch the show on 950AM. It will re-air tomorrow at 5 p.m. on Double-T 104.3-FM
Texas Tech's Holiday Bowl visit will continue tomorrow when the squad attends the Navy and Marine Corps Luncheon on the USS Ronald Reagan at the Naval Base in San Diego.
The Red Raiders will hold a closed practice tonight at UC-San Diego - their third of the week in San Diego.
RED RAIDERS VISIT WORLD FAMOUS SAN DIEGO ZOO
Texas Tech's stay in sunny Southern California continued Friday as the Red Raiders kicked off a full day with a visit to the world famous San Diego Zoo.
Tech players were treated to a complete day of interaction with a variety of animal species from around the world, including a private show and introduction to `Cabo' - a San Diego Zoo Sea Lion. The highly energetic Sea Lion, which replaced the originally scheduled appearance of a trained cheetah, pranced around the amphitheater stage and growled up close to the entertained crowd of Red Raiders in the front row.
Cabo, who weighed just less than 450 pounds according to its trainer, also swam in a small pool of water and performed several tricks.
The visit to the zoo came on the heels of a trip SeaWorld on Thursday.
"I think it's great to have some worldly experiences," Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the show. "This is one of the greatest zoos in the world, and to be at SeaWorld yesterday in a great city like San Diego with all of the sights...it means a lot to us as coaches to watch them enjoy this."
Tech went on to hold its second practice of the week at UC San Diego on Friday evening, returning its focus to the primary goal of the week - a victory over No. 16 Arizona State at the Holiday Bowl Game scheduled for Monday at Qualcomm Stadium.
For senior receiver Eric Ward, a victory over the Sun Devils is all that has been on the mind of himself and his teammates.
"We all have our eyes on the prize," Ward said. "As a team, we know it's a business trip. We know our objective, and what we came out here to do which is to win a football game."
Tech will kick off against No. 16 Arizona State at 9:15 (CT) Monday on ESPN.
RED RAIDERS VISIT SEAWORLD, HOLD FIRST PRACTICE IN SAN DIEGO
Texas Tech's first full day in San Diego was a busy one with the Red Raiders enjoying free time at Sea World and then spending the afternoon/evening in meetings and practice.
The Red Raiders are preparing for their Holiday Bowl match-up against No. 16 Arizona State on Monday night in Qualcomm Stadium.
Bowl preparations were put on hold for few hours early in the day as the team enjoyed a trip to Sea World. Led by head coach Kliff Kingsbury, five members of the team enjoyed a dolphin encounter at "Dolphin Point" inside the world famous marine park. Kerry Hyder, Kenny Williams, Jace Amaro, Jackson Richards and Will Smith all had the opportunity to work alongside a dolphin trainer who demonstrated the numerous tricks these intelligent creatures perform to the amazement of thousands of visitors each day.
"It's just amazing how well trained they are," said Jace Amaro, Junior Tight End. "That really goes to show that you can really do a lot of things that people may have never even known years before this. That's what gets the best of me, is that they can do so many different things with just hand movements and whistles."
After a few hours at the park, the team headed back to the hotel for an afternoon of meetings and film before heading to practice.
The Red Raiders held their two-hour evening workout at the University of California-San Diego in La Jolla, the same practice location that Texas Tech used in 2004. Tech is working out in the evening due to the 7:15 p.m. (PT) kickoff on Monday.
During practice, Texas Tech announced that a two-game series between the Red Raiders and Sun Devils would be played starting in 2016 in Tempe. The Sun Devils would then come to Lubbock to complete the series in 2017.
Day two in San Diego will feature a trip to the famous San Diego Zoo and the second workout of bowl week.
TEXAS TECH ARRIVES IN SAN DIEGO
The Red Raider football team touched down shortly after 5 p.m. local time on a warm and sunny Christmas evening in downtown San Diego Wednesday. Minutes after screaming down the runway, the Southwest Airlines 737 came to a stop on the airport tarmac allowing players to disembark, and officially signal Texas Tech's arrival at the highly-anticipated National University Holiday Bowl.
Players, coaches and staff members proceeded to check in at the team's headquarters inside the Hilton Bayfront hotel just off the pristine San Diego shoreline. Inside the massive hotel, a Christmas feast awaited players as they joined the coaching staff and athletics department staff members and their families to celebrate the holiday together with the long and exciting week on the horizon.
That week of festivities gets off to a fast start as Thursday the squad is scheduled to visit SeaWorld Park at 11:30 a.m. The visit to the world famous aquarium precedes the first team practice of the bowl week set for Thursday evening at the University of California at San Diego.
The stay on the west coast culminates Monday when Texas Tech faces No. 16 Arizona State Dec. 30 at Qualcomm Stadium in the 36th National University Holiday Bowl.
Tech is making its second appearance in school history at the Holiday Bowl after upending No. 4 Cal in 2004. Keep it locked to TexasTech.com as we continue to bring you inside access as Tech prepares to face off with the Sun Devils at 9:15 p.m. (CT) Monday on ESPN.