Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach and his staff will begin on field preparations for the 2002 season when the Red Raider football squad begins spring drills on Wednesday, March 20th, at 3:15 p.m.
The third year coaching staff will lead the Red Raiders through 13 spring practices prior to the annual Red-Black Game on Saturday, April 13th, at Jones SBC Stadium. Kickoff for the spring game is set for 2 p.m. (CST). The final practice date is set for Monday, April 15th.
NCAA rules allow 15 spring practices sessions over the course of 29 consecutive calendar days. Of those 15 days, only 12 may be used for contact and only three may be devoted to 11-on-11 scrimmaging for more than 50% of the practice. Tackling is prohibited in four of the 12 contact sessions.
A noticeable change in the spring drills will be the venue for practice. Due to construction and landscaping on the current practice fields, the Red Raiders will workout on the soccer practice field at the intersection of Flint and Main St. on the Texas Tech campus.
Weather permitting, the Red Raiders will practice on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of the weeks involving spring drills. Saturdays will be set aside as scrimmage days. Texas Tech also will practice Friday at 3:15 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Times for the remaining practice sessions will be announced later this week.
The Red Raiders kickoff the 2002 season in the annual Pigskin Classic against Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, August 24th. The game will be televised nationally on ABC at 2:30 p.m.