A Little Tired: I went to the Mavs game last night and so I'm a little tired this morning. Despite my light posting the last two days, I'll make it up to you tomorrow where we'll start voting on the DTN t-shirts. To reiterate, we'll probably choose 3 or 4 (this is wholly dependent on if you guys and gals get bored with the process) so that we have some t-shirts ready for the Red-Black Spring Game.
And yes, I'm hopeful that we can make the Red-Black Spring Game and official DTN event, which means that when we get a little closer to the April 17th, we'll see if we can designate a place to meet and subsequently drink prior to the football game and then maybe we'll head on over to the baseball game or some other place.
Roberson Possible: LAJ's Courtney Linehan reports that PG John Roberson may play on Saturday after injuring his ribs on Tuesday. The focus of Linehan's article however is from PF Darko Cohadarevic who had this to say about the team's play against Baylor:
"It looked like we didn’t want to play, we didn’t want to be on the court," forward Darko Cohadarevic said. "That should never happen. If we had just stayed in the game, stayed focused, it’d be a totally different story."
"It’s sad when you have a coaching staff with more passion for the game of basketball than the players," Cohadarevic said. "You can see from the body language of the players and the coaches, you can see the difference. They’re fighting. They want to win. We’re sitting like we already lost and there’s still 15 minutes to go, 10 minutes to go."
This is too easy and I have to ask why there is a disconnect between the coaches' passion and the players' performance on the court. I'm sure that's not what Cohadarevic is trying to imply, but it certainly made me think that if there is a disconnect, especially with only a few games to play on the year, what's the frame of mind of this team? I read the comments yesterday and I'm also of the opinion that PK might deserve one more year, but I just don't see how this team is able to compete on a high level when it will lose 7 players after the 2011 season, especially when those 7 players are probably going to play 90% of the minutes in 2011.
|Date||Start Time||Texas Tech
|2.19.10||4:00 p.m.||Chad Bettis
|Malcom Thomas-Jacksonville St.
|2.20.10||4:00 p.m.||Bobby Doran
|2.21.10||11:00 p.m.||Louis Head
|2.21.10||2:00 p.m.||TBA||TBA-Jacksonville St.
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.) 2ND - Garrett Totten (So.);
3RD - Nick Popescu (Jr.) 1ST - Stephen Hagen (Jr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (So.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (So.)
*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).
First Pitch Tomorrow: That's right, the first pitch to the baseball season starts tomorrow and the Red Raiders open up at home with the Red Raider Classic and 4 games against Jacksonville St. and Michigan. For those of you who haven't been around for the full year, baseball is the toughest sport for me to cover living in the DFW area because Big 12 baseball is rarely on television. I try to update the table above and the starters as well as link to the boxscore after each game, but it's really tough to give any real impressions on the baseball team since I won't get to watch them play very much. Nevertheless, I trudge forward.
For those of you who follow baseball closely, the official site has updated their game-day page and it's worth checking out if you want to follow the games closely.
The weather should be tremendous for baseball over the next few days and if you've never been to a baseball game I highly recommend it. Not only that, if you have the opportunity to watch Chad Bettis this year, you should take the opportunity because he's going to be a major league pitcher in short order.
Tubs to Make Appearance: Head coach Tommy Tuberville will throw out the first pitch tomorrow and sign autographs.
Spring Chatter: ESPN's Mark Schlabach looks at the team needs for all of the Big 12 teams (Again, I do not envy any writer that would have to write "fairly" about all Big 12 teams. If you think it's bad for Texas Tech then consider the plight of Iowa St. or Colorado.). Schlabach writes that the three areas of concern are quarterback, offensive line and defensive line. I also think that Schlabach's editors added a sentence to the offensive line that should have been on the defensive line. Honestly, I'm not concerned at all about the quarterback and consider this to be one of the safest positions on the team. Plenty of depth, two senior starters, etc. Replacing 3 starters on the offensive line is a concern, but lots of those back-ups played quite a bit last year due to injuries. My biggest concern is the defensive line and how quickly the team adjusts to the coaching changes, both offensively and defensively.