Texas Tech suspends 3 for bowl game vs. Minnesota

(AP) A Texas Tech official says three Red Raiders won’t be playing against Minnesota in Friday’s Meineke Car Care Bowl because they violated team rules.

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Football program spokesman Blayne Beal on Monday would not divulge the rules violated. He says Red Raiders starting defensive back Cornelius Douglas, Chris Payne, a linebacker who played mostly on Texas Tech’s special teams, and backup defensive tackle Leon Mackey won’t play in the bowl game.

The Red Raiders (7-5) take on the Gophers (6-6) about three weeks after Tommy Tuberville unexpectedly left to take the head coaching position at Cincinnati. Interim head coach Chris Thomsen, who handled the offensive line under Tuberville, will coach the bowl game.

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Sarah on 12/27/2012 @ 2:13pm EDT Said:

TExas Tech players don’t have directions at this point. Moral is at the lowest point. The admin of TT seem to be fairly clear on the football program… Very little support. Hopefully the new coach can bring back the spirit and support. And maybe those that don’t support the winning spirit of the football program will finally resign.

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