DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-11-22

ODDS AND ENDS

WVU aiming for 2012 start in Big 12, despite Big East's lawsuit - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com
This is funny, at least to me, as Neinas is mad (you mad bro?) at Missouri at the way that they left, but I'm guessing that he's welcoming West Virginia with open arms.

Dodds thinks Horns will still play on future Thanksgivings
We will all arrange our chairs so that UT will always and forever have a Thanksgiving Day game at home.  No worries.

TRACK AND FIELD

Tanui Finishes 35th At NCAA Championships To Earn All-America - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
Congrats to Rose on her second All-American designation.  Tanui finished in the top 10 last year, so I'd guess she's a bit disappointed, but still quite a honor to be competing for a national championship.

LADY RAIDER SOFTBALL

Texas Tech Softball Inks 10 Signees During Fall Period - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
Shannon Hays has done a fairly remarkable job turning around this program.  Need to keep him in mind when talking about coaches at Texas Tech that are getting it done.

LADY RAIDER VOLLEYBALL

Tech Seniors Share Special Bond - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
Nice article on Texas Tech's two seniors on the volleyball team.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL

Press Conference | Head Coach Tommy Tuberville & QB Seth Doege
I don't have time to have a separate post on yesterday's press conference.  You can find plenty of things to discuss today if you want to take a look.  I thought it was interesting that Tuberville talked openly about recruiting another running back and two junior college cornerbacks.  I posted about one JUCO cornerback last week, but there's apparently another corner that will get an offer.  Tuberville also talks about having a defensive back come in to the program in January and I'd guess that it's DB Thierry Nguema (DTN recruiting profile).  I still wouldn't be at all surprised to see to JUCO cornerbacks, a couple of JUCO defensive linemen, a JUCO offensive lineman and maybe a JUCO tight end?  I hadn't thought about it, but I would think that there would be a tight end in this class, JUCO or freshman. 

More stuff after the jump.

Stephens scheduled for surgery, braces for long rehab | Red Raiders
This is depressing, RB Eric Stephens doesn't have surgery until today as his knee was messed up enough that it required him to wait six weeks, which means that his rehabilitation could last until next year.  Stephens could redshirt, but I'm guessing he wants to get out on the field.  Bah.

Washington, Torres, Edwards all suffer knee injuries at Missouri | Red Raiders
Still waiting on the results for RB DeAndre Washington, WR Alex Torres and LG Lonnie Edwards.  RB Aaron Crawford is also injured his ankle ,but he's a warrior:

"I’ve had worse," said Crawford, who was wearing a boot on his right foot. "I’ve been in worse situations. I wouldn’t say there’s any pressure. But if I can move I’m going to play and not leave anybody out to dry. I’m going to give it my all."

Red Raiders football notebook: Tech disputes Byrne claim | Red Raiders
So remember last week when I had that FanShot about how TAMU AD Bill Byrne said that UT threatened Texas Tech about a game being on television?  Texas Tech spokesperson, Blayne Beal says that's bullsh:

"ESPN presented a plan," Beal said. "We reviewed it and decided against it."

Okay.

The move to cornerback for Cornelius Douglas is permanent and I would agree with Tuberville on his assessment of Douglas' play:

"I thought Cornelius made us a better football team, even though he’s just been over there a short period of time," Tuberville said. "Just his knowledge of football. Sometimes with our corners, we have struggled just playing with a lot of football knowledge."

Williams: Tech bowl game doesn't seem likely | Red Raiders and Reeling Red Raiders need 1 more win for bowl eligibility - The Daily Toreador: Sports
Both articles are about Texas Tech getting to, or not getting to, a bowl game. 

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