Texas Tech Red Raiders | Big 12 Media Days Central
Texas Tech Big 12 Media Days Central will be your hub to follow the Red Raiders throughout their trip to Dallas for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. Texas Tech will participate in Day 1 of Big 12 Media Days scheduled for July 22-23 at the Omni Hotel. Big 12 Media Days is one of the largest gatherings of college football journalists from around the country and unofficially marks the beginning of football season for fans of the Big 12 Conference.
Members of the Texas Tech Athletics Communications staff will be in Dallas alongside head coach Kliff Kingsbury, receiver Eric Ward, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder and running back Kenny Williams as they meet with members of the local, regional and national media to preview the 2013 season.
The full day begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the Omni Hotel when Kingsbury and the Red Raiders begin the morning with CBS Sports. Follow along as we bring live updates including blog posts, photos and video from Dallas.
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Red Raiders Return to LubbockMonday 3 p.m.
After five hours of interviews with over 450 media members from across the country the Red Raiders' journey through Big 12 Football Media Days came to a close just before 3 p.m. Monday at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury, senior receiver Eric Ward, senior defensive lineman Kerry Hyder and junior running back Kenny Williams departed the hotel and boarded a return flight home to Lubbock to bring the 24-hour whirlwind of a trip to an official end. With the annual conference media day completed, the Red Raiders will now look towards fall camp scheduled to begin the first week of August.
Texas Tech's season opener is scheduled for Aug. 30 at SMU with a 7 p.m. scheduled kickoff in Dallas. Ticket information for the 2013 season can be found here or by calling (806)-742-TECH.
Big 12 Media Day Q&A With Senior Defensive Lineman Kerry Hyder
Monday 2:30 p.m.
Q: Was media day what you expected?
A: Definitely. I knew there was going to be a lot of interviews, but it was at such a rapid pace I didn't think it was going to go that fast.
Q: What would you tell another player about what to expect if they were to attend Big 12 Media Days?
A: I would just tell them to keep their answers the same. They ask you the same questions a bunch of times. Make sure you are accurate with what you are saying.
Q: What was your favorite style of interview between print, radio, TV and websites?
A: I liked the radio interviews, especially the XM radio. I liked those type of interviews.
Q: What does it mean to you to have the opportunity to represent Texas Tech here at Big 12 Media Days?
A: It means a lot. The fact that my coaches and the University feels like I represent Tech well. It feels good to know that, and that I can represent Texas Tech here.
Q: Overall, what was your favorite part of this entire experience?
A: I think the interview with the Big 12 Digital Network. That was fun because it was live, I feel like that was the best one today.
Q: With Media Day over, how excited are you now for the season to start?
A: I'm definitely excited. Being here really gets me amped up for the season.
Red Raiders Begin Breakout Sessions
Monday 1:35 p.m.
Following Kliff Kingsbury's press conference in the main interview room at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, the head coach and players scattered into separate one-on-one interviews with reporters throughout the large conference room.
Grouped by schools, the Red Raiders were swarmed with reporters looking to get a glimpse into the expectations, outlook and excitement surrounding Lubbock as the 2013 season nears.
KEYE-TV, a CBS affiliate out of Austin, secured a one-on-one interview with running back Kenny Williams shortly after the press conference. The news station spoke with the rising running back and Pflugerville, Texas native about his expectations for this season, focusing much on the Red Raiders' Thanksgiving Day showdown with in-state rival Texas in Austin.
"It's going to be a huge game," Williams said. "It's going to be like homecoming for me coming back to Austin on Thanksgiving Day. It's going to be a blast. I'm just ready to get out there."
Williams proved to be one of the Red Raiders top ground weapons during the 2012 season, rushing for over 800 yards on 143 attempts and earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades as a sophomore.
Against Texas in 2012, Williams ran for 80 yards on a career-high 18 carries.
Meanwhile, the reporters looked to get an insight on the coaching style Kingsbury brings to the Red Raiders' practice.
"He is excited," Williams said. "Every day he comes in ready to work and ready to win games."
Kingsbury Press Conference
Precisely at noon, Kingsbury fielded questions from several print reporters from across the country. Here is a complete transcript of the approximately 20 minute question and answer session previewing the Red Raiders' 2013 season.
Kingsbury, Red Raiders Move to Network Television InterviewsMonday 10:45 a.m.
Following the morning radio interviews, players and Kingsbury met with national and regional television outlets to preview the 2013 football season. Networks, aligned neatly on the second floor of the Omni Hotel in Dallas, included FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPNU, CBS Sports, the new FS1 network and more. Players shuffled in and out of the large meeting rooms where they spoke one-one-one with the myriad of reporters who would cover the Red Raiders throughout the 2013 season.
One of those interviews included Kingsbury's meeting with CBS Sports.
Inside the dimly lit room, Kingsbury sat beneath a large boom microphone and answered questions regarding his hiring at the school where he set 39 school records and was a Heisman Trophy candidate, the 2013 season and his expectations as a first-year head coach in Lubbock.
"It's been a dream come true," he told the reporter as they reflected on the previous several months.
Kingsbury went on to discuss the new playoff system, rule changes and participated in a burst Q&A session in which he answered as many questions about himself personally as possible in 30 seconds.
The final series of questions centered on Kingsbury's anticipation for his first game as head coach.
"I'm just excited to get there," he said with a laugh.
The Red Raiders open their 2013 season at SMU on Aug. 30 with a 7 p.m. kickoff in Dallas. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Red Raiders Prepare For Full Day of InterviewsMonday 8:15 a.m.
The Big 12 Media Days kicked off early Monday morning as Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and three Red Raiders enjoyed a buffet style breakfast at the Texas Spice Restaurant inside the lobby of the Omni Hotel in Dallas.
Receiver Eric Ward, running back Kenny Williams and defensive lineman Kerry Hyder sat together at the table preparing for what would be an five-hour run through local, regional and national media interviews previewing the 2013 season.
Ward, a senior who caught 82 passes for over 1,000 yards last season, is making his second appearance at Big 12 Media Days as he represented Texas Tech last summer. The talented receiver was selected last week as a preseason All-Big 12 receiver. Hyder was also selected as a preseason All-Big 12 defensive lineman.
"It means a lot that I got the honor to come here and represent Texas Tech," Ward said moments before beginning interviews. "It's kind of hard going through all of the interviews, but you just have to answer all of the questions as best you can."
Ward and the Red Raiders wrapped up breakfast and continued to interviews upstairs with several regional and national radio stations before their first scheduled television interview with CBS Sports at 10 a.m.
Kingsbury Meets With Dallas Morning News Sunday EveningSunday 6:15 p.m.
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and three Red Raiders arrived in Dallas Sunday afternoon in preparation for the annual Big 12 Media Days. The two-day event, one of the largest gatherings of sports journalists from around the country, is scheduled to begin Monday at the Omni Hotel in the heart of downtown Dallas.
Joining Kingsbury in Dallas will be receiver Eric Ward, running back Kenny Williams and defensive lineman Kerry Hyder. The Red Raiders will join Kansas, K-State, Oklahoma State and TCU at Day 1 of Big 12 Media Days.
While Monday's 10 a.m. meeting with CBS Sports marks the official start of the marathon Media Day for the Red Raiders, Kingsbury made an exclusive visit with The Dallas Morning News Sunday evening where he visited with college football reporters Chuck Carlton and Kate Hairopoulos at the newspaper offices across the street from the Omni Hotel.
Carlton and Hairopoulos filmed a segment for DallasNews.com featuring Kingsbury and his first several months as head coach in Lubbock.
Kingsbury and the Red Raiders will begin the full day of interviews Monday morning with CBS Sports. The contingent will proceed to meet with networks from across the country including FOX Sports, ESPN and the Big 12 Digital Network. Kingsbury is scheduled to meet with print reporters in a live press conference at noon. Players and Kingsbury will also meet with radio stations from across the country throughout the day.