Miscellaneous: SB Nation has their best animated sports GIF's of 2010 . . . AP's Ralph D. Russo talked with Mike Leach about not being hired by Maryland and he sounds like he's okay sitting out the year:
"I don't have a problem sitting out," he said. "I'm going to be happy one way or another. The indecision of it is nuisance."
. . . LAJ's Matthew McGowan has one of those he-said-she-said articles in that he has quotes from both the Leach camps and we now hear from Spaeth Communications' attorney. I really don't think you're missing much, but if you want a summary, the attorney from Spaeth says that the reason why Leach doesn't have a job is because he's overly litigious and the attorney for Leach thinks that he doesn't have a job because of the alleged smear job that Spaeth and ESPN did . . .
Winning Non-Conference Record! Time for a Celebration! I'm being incredibly sarcastic, but Texas Tech is now 8-7 in non-conference play. I didn't watch the game last night so you'll have to forgive me if I don't have any sort of post game thoughts for the game. Here's my quick-hits from not watching the game
Expected Result: From what I can tell, Texas Tech had a 20 point lead for most of the night and I'm fine with 20 point wins against lesser competition. Could it be 30? Sure, but 20 point wins are blowouts in my book. Does this win mean anything to me? Not really, this is the expected result.
Leading Scorer: SF Brad Reese had 21 points on 6-10 from the floor, including 4-4 from 3-point range.
Team Stats: For the night, Texas Tech shot 58.8% from the floor and held the Hornets to 45.1% from the field. Part of getting out to a 20 point lead is holding the opponent to 36% shooting in the first half, which is what Texas Tech did. Texas Tech out-rebounded Delaware St. 35 to 16, which is an improvement and the team had 22 assists on the night and only 13 turnovers.
Freshmen Update: SF Jaye Crockett continues to impress and had 10 points, 10 rebounds (including 4 offensive), 3 assists, 1 block and 2 turnovers. PG Javarez Willis finished with 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 turnover.
- Roberson Plays: Last, but not least, PG John Roberson plays after essentially being suspended by the team for 2 games for not being a team player. He played 17 minutes (he apparently did not start), scored 4 points, had 3 assists and no turnovers.
Per LAJ's Courtney Linehan, after the game, head coach Pat Knight said he wished he had done a better job of getting PF Paul Cooper and PF Robert Lewandowski into the game, but the athleticism of PF D`walyn Roberts and Crockett was the difference:
"I kind of felt bad for Robert and Paul because (Delaware State) went small and athletic, so they didn’t get a lot of playing time," Knight said. "When they were in there they made some nice moves and were effective. Then we put D’walyn and Jaye in there and they rebounded and did well getting buckets around the basket. Then Singletary did well getting in there. Our guys saw the difference and I thought they took advantage of the difference, seeing guys who had smaller guys on them."
The outlook still isn't good for this team. Big 12 Hoops and Rush The Court both have their weekly looks at the Big 12 and they too think that Texas Tech just isn't good, which in comparison to the rest of the Big 12, that's true. Anyway, here's the Four Factors and the Player Impact is after the jump, along with some football stuff and other stuff:
NUC Game: I'm pretty unaware of a lot of the high school all-star games that are being played, but the National Underclassmen Football Combine puts on a national game and Texas Tech has 4 players represented on the NUC team: RB DeAndre Washington, ATH/CB Jeremy Reynolds, DE Kindred Evans and OG Alfredo Morales. The game has apparently already been played, but I can't find a boxscore or any stats on the game (help please!). In any event, Washington was interviewed along with TAMU commit QB Johnny Manziel (I haven't seen him play, but he's apparently incredibly athletic, but not as polished as QB Michael Brewer). Here's their video and Washington has nice things to say about Texas Tech and Lubbock:
Miscellaneous: Please read this, which is from Smart Football's Chris Brown and teaching a quarterback where to throw the football. If you read one thing today, read this . . . Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel with a scathing look at Ohio St.'s Terrell Pryor and what his acts mean to college athletics:
While Pryor has received most of the criticism, you can only blame him so much for either breaking or putting himself in danger of breaking NCAA rules that the very administrators he earns huge salaries appear to care little about. A rule is only as strong as the consequences and from his school, to his conference, to his bowl game, to the NCAA itself, there’s no lack of positioning to avoid real penalties.
If the adults don’t take the rules seriously, why should the players?
At this point, Pryor is set to play Tuesday but miss nearly half of next season. (Ohio State is appealing, of course). Meanwhile the entire absurdity of his situation churns on. The school wants its star player on the field. The bowl wants its money. ESPN wants its TV rating. The league wants a victory over the SEC.
Perhaps only Gordon Gee, Jim Delany a few assorted BCS reps believe Terrelle Pryor is an actual eligible student-athlete at this point. At least if you applied the NCAA rules as they previously had been enforced for decades.