DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-11-17

ODDS AND ENDS

Meat Judging Team Wins Ninth National Championship :: Texas Tech Today
Woot!  National Championship!

Man stabs himself after incident at Bash Riprock's, crash, police say | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
I don't know that this needs any more explanation.

Condo at the End of the World | The Verge
I thought this was fascinating, the idea of the creating bunkers, high-end bunkers nonetheless.

LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL

Lady Raiders Dominate Houston, 88-58 - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site and Tech women dominate Houston | Red Raiders
An excellent effort by the Lady Raiders, this is from the LAJ:

Tech (2-0) scored the game’s first 15 points on the way to a 22-2 run, highlighted by a full-court press that often created turnovers before Houston (0-2) — the defending Conference USA champion and a 2011 NCAA tournament team — could push the ball past half court.

"It’s really important for us to come out and be the most aggressive team, play with a lot of passion," Tech coach Kristy Curry said.

"We’ve been fortunate enough to come out with great energy, great effort, and make plays on both ends of the floor. When you make shots, you tend to sprint a little faster on defense."

TEXAS TECH BASKETBALL

Red Raiders hold off late charge to down North Texas | Red Raiders and Tech beats UNT to go 2-0 under Gillispie - The Daily Toreador: Sports
A nice win and there are some post game thoughts to be posted later this morning.  From head coach Billy Gillispie in the LAJ:

"This is going to be a lot of fun before it’s all said and done," Gillispie said. "It’s like pulling teeth, but we’re taking baby steps. They find a way to win, they scrap and they claw, and when they start to really understand how I want them to play and take on the personality of their coach, which is mean and nasty ... we’re going to do a lot of special things. I don’t know when it’s going to happen but there’s going to be a lot of fun in this place."

And BCG in the DT on PF Robert Lewandowski:

"(Lewandowski) is trying to coach those guys," Gillispie said. "He’s taken on the responsibility of a great leader and figuring out, no matter how it feels to him or how natural it is to him, he’s trying to figure out what’s best for his team. I have so much admiration for a guy like that."

Football links are after the jump.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL

Red Raiders Football Notebook | Red Raiders and FBNotebook: Tuberville talks Mizzou D-line, QB Franklin - The Daily Toreador: Sports
Not much news out there this morning (or news I want to discuss).  Head coach Tommy Tuberville did talk about QB Seth Doege being a vocal leader for this team in the LAJ:

"I’ve been really proud of him, even though he hasn’t played as well in these three games," Tuberville said. "He’s been very vocal, a lot more vocal. He’s still learning, too. It’s really hard to be a leader when you’re trying to grasp being a starter for the first time."

And Tuberville also talks about stopping the mobile quarterback:

"For us on defense, it’s obviously their quarterback, you know," Tuberville said. "We’ve had problems with quarterbacks running the football and there’s not a lot of different things you can do other than what we’ve done. We’ve just got to tackle better."

Bleh.

Mizzou simply hasn’t been the same on defense - KansasCity.com
A glimmer of hope. 

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel always says he is not a man to make excuses. But in the case of his defensive line, Pinkel apparently thought it was time to note that Texas wasn’t Oklahoma, or Oklahoma State, or Baylor — three Big 12 teams the 5-5 Tigers have lost to.

"We played a running football team (in Texas)," Pinkel said. "That’s a lot different than a team that throws the ball 70 times a game."

Tigers may struggle without conference-leading rusher | Red Raiders
Well, I don't think they'll struggle, not against Texas Tech. 

College football coach salaries rise again – USATODAY.com
Saving the best for last.  The interesting thing about the article is that one of the lead quotes is from a professor from Texas Tech:

"Athletics has gotten so disproportionate to the rest of the economy, and to the academic community, that it is unbelievable," says Julian Spallholz, a professor in the department of food and nutrition at Texas Tech, where coach Tommy Tuberville got a $550,000 raise. "This kind of disproportion in the country is why people are occupying Wall Street."

I did a screen shot of the drop-down for the salaries for the past 5 years (go here for a full size and apologize for cutting the last bit off, but I'm in a hurry):

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I'm not expecting a raise or extension after this year.

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