DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-06-06

FOOTBALL
Marquez heads to Lubbock with plenty of options | marquez, lubbock, school - OAVarsity.com
Really good stuff about incoming freshman Bradley Marquez and his decision to play both football and baseball for Texas Tech, so long as he doesn't get drafted and signs with an MLB team over the next two days.  Marquez apparently still intends on playing football for Texas Tech.  Go read the whole thing.

List of the players who have extra-large cleats to fill - Sports | The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri
Matter runs through the list of players who have the biggest cleats to fill and QB Seth Doege makes the list:

8. Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech: It took half the 2010 season for Taylor Potts to convince Texas Tech coaches and fans that he was their best quarterback. By season’s end, his numbers were as good as any QB in the conference. The Red Raiders won eight games, but there were few quarterbacks less appreciated despite standout numbers than Potts. He completed 67 percent of his throws, threw for 3,726 yards, 35 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.

Doege, a redshirt junior, started one game in 2009 and is the top candidate to replace Potts, though sophomore Jacob Karam could take over if Doege gets an early hook. Knee injuries wiped out Doege’s junior and senior seasons of high school, meaning he’s started just one game over the last five seasons.

As an aside, Matter is one of my favorite writes around the Big 12 because I do think he tries to learn about each team in the conference.

Phil Steele | % of Yards Returning and Phil Steele | Career OL Starts Returning and % of Lettermen Returning
A couple of Steele links and Texas Tech is #109 in the first link, which is what happens when you lose your two best receivers and starting running back, while Texas Tech is #33 on the second link, which I think bodes well this team. 

Tech-Baylor Set For 2:30 p.m. CT Kickoff On Nov. 26 - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
You can now plan your schedules to attend Jerry's World.

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Gillispie, Jasper complete strange journey to Texas Tech - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com
Another story (here's DTN's version) of new graduate assistant, Derrick Jasper.

BASEBALL
Tech team’s exclusion from postseason painful, but motivational | Red Raiders
Few draftable players should keep Red Raiders intact | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
I don't like writing this, but if Dan Spencer doesn't make the NCAA Tournament next year, he might not be the head coach after that.  I don't like writing that, but I'm afraid that next year is the year that Spencer needs to make it happen. 

MISCELLANEOUS
Quest for the Story Leads Alumnus to Evening News Job :: Texas Tech Today
I know that I've called new CBS evening news anchor, Scott Pelley, a Texas Tech alum, and from what I can tell, Pelley didn't actually graduate from Texas Tech, nor any other college, but he did attend Texas Tech from 1975 through 1978 and before graduating, he was offered a job in Dallas.  So there you go.  The question remains, if you attend Texas Tech, but never graduate, are you considered to be alumni?

"Images from MU football's Joplin visit" - Behind the Stripes - ColumbiaTribune.com
The Missouri football team and I think basketball team spent one day last week helping with the devastation in Joplin, Missouri.

Top Ten List: Shaquille O’Neal " MarkMadsen.com
Some fun stories from a former teammate of Shaq.

Rumor: Bill Stewart's Wife Leaked Damaging Holgorsen Information to Local Reporter - Big East Coast Bias
Oh my.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - CFL - Winnipeg: Bombers O-lineman starting from scratch
Former Red Raider, Glenn January, attempts to comeback with Winnipeg from a pretty serious injury.

College Coaches, Drinking, And The Two Men At The Rail - SBNation.com
This dove-tails into the innuendos of Holgorsen drinking too much, an excellent read from SBN's Spencer Hall.

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