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Got Trump Angst? Prof Wants You to Hug a Boa

Texas Tech professor leaves 'coddled' students a note

(Newser) - For the poor, tired students left with existential angst in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential victory, one Texas Tech professor has a suggestion, after reading a news story about universities offering comfort: "After reading the article and reflecting on my often repeated statement to you that '... More »

Lubbock, Texas, Makes Sure It Remembers Its Mistake

Statue unveiled for Tim Cole, who was wrongly jailed for rape

(Newser) - In 1986, a Texas Tech student was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the rape of 20-year-old Michele Mallin. Tim Cole endured his incarceration with optimism and faith, encouraging his sister to finish law school and donating to charity with money from his GI Bill from prison—an especially... More »

Inside the Big-Money World of College Chess

One coach recently asked for $1M for program

(Newser) - Football and basketball aren't the only college competitions playing with serious cash. Chess may not have the national spotlight athletics does, but these days, the money behind it is nothing to sniff at. In 2011, a four-time women's world chess champion asked Texas Tech for $1 million in... More »

Bull Statue Fatally Gores Texas Teen

14-year-old dies in horrific hide-and-seek accident

(Newser) - Friends and family are mourning a Texas boy killed in a horrific freak accident during a late-night game of hide-and-seek. Miguel Martinez, 14, was playing with four other children at National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock when he ran into the horn of a metal bull... More »

Oops! Prof Surfs Porn on Live Teleconference Feed

(Newser) - Texas Tech professor Rodney "Rod" Hicks gave his students more than they signed on for (or he intended). The 50-year-old health sciences professor taught a class via teleconference from Austin, but didn't terminate the live video feed after the lecture. The professor then proceeded to surf the web for... More »

Amid Coaching Scandal, Texas Tech Wins Shootout

Fans boo receiver Adam James, call for Mike Leach's return

(Newser) - Texas Tech backup quarterback Steven Sheffield eked one out last night in a thrilling Alamo Bowl victory that fired head coach Mike Leach would've loved, rallying the Red Raiders to beat Michigan State, 41-31. "I looked up in the stands and I saw signs about Team Leach. Bring Leach... More »

Are College Coaches Spinning Out of Control?

Leach, Mangino, and Leavitt hint at disturbing trend

(Newser) - College football’s bowl season has been overshadowed by a rash of player abuse allegations that paint a disturbing portrait of big-time coaches. First there was Mark Mangino, who threatened to send a player home to “get shot with your homies,” then Jim Leavitt, who was accused of... More »

Texas Tech Fires Coach Over Abuse Allegations

Mike Leach is out after player claims mistreatment

(Newser) - Texas Tech fired football coach Mike Leach today following a player's accusation of mistreatment. The school delivered the news to Leach's attorney just before a hearing to determine whether the suspended Leach could be reinstated, reports the Houston Chronicle . “He’s not thrilled,” says his lawyer. The move... More »

Gonzales: I Haven't Spoken to Bush

(Newser) - Two years after leaving the Justice Department in disgrace, Alberto Gonzales is still trying to get back on his feet. In an interview with New York Times Magazine's grand inquisitor Deborah Solomon, the former AG says he's living in an apartment in Lubbock, Texas, where he'll begin a teaching gig... More »

Gonzales Lands Teaching Gig at Texas Tech

(Newser) - It took a while, but Alberto Gonzales has a job again. Nearly two years after resigning as George Bush's attorney general, Gonzales has been hired by Texas Tech to teach a course this fall, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Gonzales will be a visiting professor in the political science department and... More »

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