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SI: If it's not game day, what should be on the to-do list for a visitor to Lubbock?
TT: The steaks here are unbelievable, the meat is just outstanding. I'm a big steak eater, so I've been thrilled about that.
SI: Your oldest son, Tucker, is a senior QB at Frenship High in nearby Wolfforth. Does he want to pursue football in college?
TT: He's interested in coaching. If he does that, I hope he goes somewhere to play football, either as a scholarship player or as a walk-on. Whether he goes to Tech or somewhere else, that remains to be seen.
SI: WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN RECRUITS?
TT: WE NEED TO BE FASTER TO COMPETE WITH THE UPPER ECHELON OF THE BIG 12, SO WE LOOK AT GUYS WHO CAN MAKE PLAYS AND HAVE A LOT OF ROOM TO GROW.
SI: You've traditionally been active in community service—what are you involved in?
TT: I've spent time at the Burkhart Center, which works with kids of different handicaps, and we also have a clinic here for women sponsored by our coaches and the local women's cancer society.
SI: You've done your share of on-camera work. What show would you like to be on?
TT: Two of my passions are golf and NASCAR, so it'd have to be something on either the Golf Channel or SPEED Channel. I drove the pace car at Talladega [in 2008] and got to know a lot of the drivers and owners.