I hope that yesterday's post was somewhat therapeutic. I don't know that it was, but I hope that it was. We'll get to some game things tomorrow, but as I said yesterday, I had gone almost a year and a half without talking about Adam James and ignoring the topic altogether. That didn't seem to work so I thought that trying to have a reasoned discussion about the issues was something that would be helpful.
ODDS AND ENDS
The Forde-Yard Dash: Pat joins the Yahoo! party - College Football - Rivals.com
Interesting in that Pat Forde has moved to Yahoo! Sports. Remember that Forde (I think) noted the problems with the Longhorn Network and ESPN relationship earlier this year:
The Longhorns' steady diet of me-first has left them bloated and indifferent to the feelings of their peers. You can't blame athletic director DeLoss Dodds for capitalizing on his program's abundant successes and rampant popularity, but there has to be some concern for everyone else.
Rubbing your superiority in their faces has been a factor in the departure of 25 percent of the Big 12 over the past year-plus. (And we still don't know for sure what Missouri, itself a fickle and flirtatious corporate partner for over a year, intends to do.) If everyone keeps leaving you, don't you eventually have to look in the mirror and acknowledge that you're part of the problem?
And now, he's no longer employed by ESPN.
LADY RAIDER VOLLEY BALL
Red Raiders take on No. 18 Aggies for final time in conference - The Daily Toreador: Sports and Red Raiders Return to Action at Texas A&M - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
Good luck ladies!
LADY RAIDER SOCCER
Freshman defender Jaelene Hinkle was a unanimous selection on the All-Big 12 Newcomer Teams and goalkeeper Victoria Esson also made the squad, joining fellow Red Raider Taylor Lytle when the All-Big 12 Teams were named by the conference on Monday night.
LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL
TEXAS TECH BASEBALL
Texas Tech Names Tim Tadlock Associate Head Baseball Coach - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site and Red Raider Baseball Blog and Tech hires Tadlock from Oklahoma baseball program | Red Raiders and Former Red Raider named associate head baseball coach - The Daily Toreador: Sports
It's officially official as Texas Tech named OU recruiting coordinator Tim Tadlock, associate head coach at Texas Tech. Here's Tadlock from the LAJ article:
"I think everybody wants a challenge in life," said Tadlock, who played at Tech during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. "I want to grow every day and get better. I just feel like there’s really a lot of room for growth here and we’re ready to take off.
"More than anything else one reason (for the move) is (head coach Dan) Spencer and (athletic director) Kirby Hocutt reaching out and asking me to come back, meant a lot. It’s easy to see that Kirby is trying to change the culture out here in Lubbock and within the athletic department."
Men's basketball and football links are after the jump.
TEXAS TECH BASKETBALL
Texas Tech Basketball Exhibitions Free To Public - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
If you want to get a jump on seeing some Texas Tech basketball, the men's and women's teams will be playing exhibitions with no admission charge:
The first men's exhibition is scheduled for Thurs. Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. against Southwestern Oklahoma, and the first home women's exhibition is set for Nov. 6 against Metro State at 2 p.m. The men's team will also play host to Our Lady of the Lake on Saturday Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game.
Gillispie lauds diverse talents of assistant coaching staff | Red Raiders
Lots of good quotes here about the coaching staff that head coach Billy Gillispie has hired. Up first, Chris Walker:
"He wants to be the lead guy on academics, the lead guy on scouting, the lead guy on recruiting," Gillispie said. "Not at the expense of others, but because he wants to be involved in everything, and he has so much energy and passion for it. Our philosophies have been 100 percent (in sync)."
"He's the most tireless junior-college recruiter I've ever seen," Gillispie said of Kidder. "I mean he goes after it. That's no disrespect to anybody else, but he's had a great deal of success."
"He's so important to our success," Gillispie said. "There's so many different people you come across in your lifetime, in every different profession, and every single time you talk to them, you know they have a great deal of wisdom. And how do you define wisdom? It's a hard word to describe, but you know it when you see it. Bubba has a great deal of wisdom.
"He's great with the players, and they have a great deal of confidence in him. When I get tough on them, they go to (Jennings), and he's able to say the right word at the right time. I guess that's what wisdom is."
TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL
Red Raiders football notebook: Getting well | Red Raiders and Notebook: Tuberville talks Tech CB situation, preparation for Longhorns - The Daily Toreador: Sports
Pretty interesting movement in the Texas Tech secondary, from the LAJ:
At the end of Tuesday’s practice, Neboh and Jarvis Phillips were working as a cornerback tandem and Derrick Mays was paired with Sawyer Vest in another. Recently converted wide receiver Shawn Corker also has been discussed as a potential starting candidate this week.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said the staff briefly considered giving inside receiver Cornelius Douglas time again at cornerback. Douglas was a two-way player last season, filling in at times for a few snaps at cornerback.
Flannel makes most of shot vs. ISU | Red Raiders
Nice story on SS Jared Flannel, who has been an excellent special teams play, is now getting his shot at strong safety with Terrance Bullitt out for a couple of games. Here's Flannel:
"You’ve got to be ready at all times and take advantage of every opportunity you’ve got," Flannel said. "Right now, I probably have the opportunity so I’m staying focused like I have been, and now that I’ve got it, going out there and giving everything I have, sacrificing for the team."