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    Default Strib: Stollings Receives a Big Raise at Texas Tech.

    A bit more on Stollings' Texas Tech contract.

    Marlene Stollings received a $200,000 signing bonus and an annual raise of more than $200,000 when she left Minnesota for Texas Tech earlier this week.

    The Gophers paid their former women's basketball coach $500,000 last season. She'll make $700,000 next season, and her salary increases $20,000 in each of the five seasons of her agreement. A sixth season in the agreement is contingent on the Lady Raiders making the NCAA tournament twice in her first five years.

    The $200,000 signing bonus is a one-time payment. Stollings is also eligible to make up to $200,000 in supplemental compensation each season.

    Additional compensation listed on the agreement includes a membership at a Lubbock country club, a luxury vehicle and a $750,000 staff salary allowance.

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    What? No clothing allowance or personal hairdresser?

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    As promised, Stollings added a Texas recruiter to her staff. Erin Grant joins associate head coach, Nikita Dawkins.

    Former Lady Raider standout Erin Grant returns to Lubbock as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, Head Coach Marlene Stollings announced Thursday.

    "I am delighted to have Coach Erin as a part of our staff. There is no doubt that her wealth of experience both as a player and a coach will help us make Lady Raider Basketball great again," Coach Stollings said.

    "She is experienced with winning at the highest level including an Elite Eight appearance and two Sweet Sixteen appearances. Coach Erin's drive and inexhaustible work ethic helped her garner Big 12 co-freshman of the year honors, two All-Big 12 first team honors, an AP All-America Honorable Mention, and the 39th overall pick in the 2006 WNBA draft. She will use that same drive, work ethic, and passion for Lady Raider basketball to help current and future Lady Raiders achieve their greatest potential."

    Grant returns to her alma mater after two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico.

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    Stollings completes her coaching staff with a veteran, Larry Tidwell:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Saturday that women's basketball head coach Larry Tidwell, who recently completed his fifth season, is resigning to become the Chief of Staff for the women's basketball program at Texas Tech.

    A national search for Tidwell's successor will begin immediately.

    "We appreciate Coach Tidwell's hard work and dedication as the head women's basketball coach over the past five years," UTRGV Director of Athletic Chris King said. "He's been a wonderful representative of our University and a mentor for our student-athletes. He has produced champions on the playing court, in the classroom, and in the community, and has always done so with the utmost class and integrity. He took over a program that did not have a winning season in 30 years and produced three postseason appearances in the last four seasons.

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    Wonder what a "chief of staff" does? She has Tiffanie as her DOBO down there. This was not a role that anyone had as a job title at Minnesota.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanfromthevalley View Post
    Wonder what a "chief of staff" does? She has Tiffanie as her DOBO down there. This was not a role that anyone had as a job title at Minnesota.
    Good point, I obviously jumped the gun. Tidwell would not be a coach; but a coaching consultant probably like Melanie Balcomb when she director of offensive analytics at South Carolina. There's several of those types of positions scattered about the college game.

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    Here's what the Texas Tech men's basketball chief of staff does (I also assume that former coaches tend to do or review the scout for upcoming games):

    Brian Burg will start his second season with the Red Raiders as the Chief of Staff for the basketball program. He will be involved in all facets of the program in addition to acting as a liaison to various areas within the athletic department.

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    Tidwell says recruiting will be his primary focus.

    Tidwell said Texas Tech reached out to him about the opening on April 10, and he initially declined to entertain the possibility, instead focusing on national signing day April 11.

    Marlene Stollings was announced as the new head coach at Texas Tech on April 9, and Tidwell said he and Stollings share the same agent.

    “He connected the dots,” Tidwell said. “He really wanted me up there, and I just couldn’t do it. Then, about two days later, we connected again, and it was too good to turn down. … It was tight the whole time. There are so many positives here.”

    The opening at Texas Tech gives Tidwell the opportunity to be closer to his mother and the rest of his family, who are based in Fort Worth. Set to turn 65 next month, Tidwell said the position with the Lady Raiders will likely be his last stop before retirement. He was an assistant at Baylor when the Big 12 began competition in 1996, and he liked the idea of closing out his career in the same conference...

    Though not the Lady Raiders recruiting coordinator — that title belongs to Erin Grant, a former Texas Tech player who Tidwell tried to sign in 2002 during his tenure as the recruiting coordinator at TCU — Tidwell said recruiting will be his primary focus. He plans to use his 40-plus years of coaching at the high school and college level in Texas to secure some of the state’s top talent while tapping into the connections he’s built recruiting players from at least 25 different countries. He brought in two recruiting classes that ranked in the top 10 nationally during his tenure at TCU, and he has signed 40 student-athletes who went on to play professionally, including five WNBA players.

    “I just wanted to challenge myself to see if I can help Texas Tech do that,” Tidwell said.

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    Who cares. Hopefully they coach D because our zone was brutal!

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    Larry Tidwell did complete Stollings' staff. Marlene had said she was taking four from her Minnesota staff; but she took three-Ralph, Tiffanie and Nikki.

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    Stollings quickly went the JC guard route in augmenting her depleted roster. (She inherited six scholarship players). Marlene tweeted out four "Booms"; so there's at least one "Boom" remaining.

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    Who said Stollings couldn't recruit Minnesota players?

    Lady Raider Basketball Head Coach Marlene Stollings has worked quickly to build her team's roster since arriving in Lubbock only seven weeks ago. The fifth and newest addition is Andrayah Adams who hails from Minneapolis, Minn.

    "I am thrilled to welcome Andrayah Adams to the Lady Raider program," Stollings said. "She brings a high basketball IQ, a tireless work ethic, the ability to score in a multitude of ways and strong leadership skills. Andrayah is very goal driven an aspires to help this program return to the national spotlight. Andrayah's prowess also extends to the classroom where she is a dedicated student. Lady Raider fans will enjoy watching her perform in our high-octane system."

    Adams is a 5-10 guard who played last two seasons at St. John's University in Queens, N.Y. In her rookie season, she posted a career-high 27 points at Marquette, shooting 60 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from beyond the arc. Adams helped St. John's to advance to the third round of the WNIT

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    Texas Tech released its schedule this week. It's a triple digit kind of awesome.

    Teams are listed with last season's final NCAA RPI.

    338 Louisiana Monroe
    310 Houston Baptist
    244 Abilene Christian
    232 Texas Southern
    227 Texas A&M Corpus Christi
    186 Southern
    180 Florida
    151 Nevada
    133 Idaho
    116 Jacksonville State
    112 Stephan F Austin

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    Cant imagine theres many worse nonconference schedules than that.

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