DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-07-15

FOOTBALL
Texas Tech’s Neal Brown-FREE podcast | Williams and Hyatt On Demand | Texas Tech Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown Talks about the State of the Red Raider Offense on the Williams & Hyatt Show [AUDIO] - SportsRadio 1340 The Fan
You can listen to the audio at either link, but it's good stuff from offensive coordinator Neal Brown, who sounds cautiously optimistic about the offense, really likes that QB Seth Doege makes quick decisions and also thinks that he won't get the same production from just one player to replace what WR Lyle Leong and WR Detron Lewis did, but a combination of players, which is what I think most of us thought would happen.

2011 Big 12 Barnstorming Tour: Red Raiders Ride Out | Blatant Homerism
More audio!  This time it's me with Allen Kenny from Blatant Homerism.  Thanks so much to Allen for having me on the podcast.

Meet The Two-Deep: Jackson Richards - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE | ‪Meet The Two-Deep: Jackson Richards‬‏ - YouTube
I'm loving these videos, even if they're short and don't have any additional information other than what's transcribed but it's nice to see the personalities of these players.

For Tuberville, speed must kill at Texas Tech | National Football Post
Good stuff from NFP's Dave Miller, who has this to say about defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow:

New coordinator Chad Glasgow has arrived from TCU, where he coached the safeties since 2001 and was instrumental in helping oversee a defense that has been as stellar as any in the nation under head coach Gary Patterson. Seven starters return to a unit that was very susceptible to the big play in 2010 — the most generous defense in the Big 12. Injuries did play a role, specifically in the secondary, but the defensive backfield could end up being a strength of the defense if Cody Davis, who is the team’s leading returning tackler, and D.J. Johnson remain healthy and pick up the new 4-2-5 scheme — the same defense that Glasgow helped run in Fort Worth.

At the heart of the Horned Frogs’ success on defense over the last decade has been a consistently good pass rush. Tuberville and his staff wanted the Red Raiders to be stouter along the line, so ends Kerry Hyder and Donald Langley were moved inside this spring. Meanwhile, the hope is that Sam Fehoko and Dartwan Bush could prove to be speedier options off the edge while their youthful linemates get acclimated to the system.

Good read today.

Big 12 position rankings -- Cornerbacks - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The Ubbenator ranks the cornerbacks and to my surprise, despite having the worst pass defense in the Big 12, ranks the Texas Tech cornerbacks 6th in the conference, saying that he thinks CB Tre' Porter and CB Derrick Mays have some potential (I agree) and could be higher by the end of the year.  That sounds about right.

Breaking It Down: Big 12 Running Back Position Rankings - Crimson And Cream Machine
CACM ranks the Texas Tech running backs at 6th in the conference, which I think is a little low, but to be honest, I don't know enough about what the rest of the Big 12 returns at running backs (I'm still working on educating myself) If I'm looking at the stats correctly, Stephens is the 3rd best returning rusher in the Big 12 (there were a ton of senior running backs last year).

RedRaiderSports.com - Countdown, No. 3: Eric Stephens
Mike Graham, Aaron Dickens and Chris Level breakdown why they think RB Eric Stephens is the 3rd most important player on the team.

Scout.com: West Texas Top 10
RP.com's Joe Yeager ranks the top 10 football players (of all-time) that hail from West Texas.

UWBADGERS.COM - The Official Web Site of The Wisconsin Badgers Athletics - Blog
A quick little mention of Tuberville down the middle of the article, that says that last week at the Manning Passing Academy Tuberville roomed with former Wisconsin head coach (now AD) Barry Alvarez and ESPN talking head John Gruden.  Gruden and Tuberville both have kids attending the academy.

LEACH STUFF
SPORTSbyBROOKS " Bruce Feldman Suspended Indefinitely By ESPN | ESPN Suspends Bruce Feldman Indefinitely, Apparently Over Mike Leach Book - SBNation.com
You all have already posted FanShots (here and here).  This is just sad.  Bruce Feldman is a writer for ESPN who asked and received permission from ESPN to participate in Mike Leach's new book, Swing Your Sword.  See the SbB link for details on that.  I mentioned this on Tuesday (I think it was Tuesday), but all of these emails have been out there before.  The thing I don't remember in the depositions was the information that Joe Schad and Craig James talked, but it's not difficult to think that they did considering how Schad's reports mirrored James' version of the events. 

If you're a Twitter person, you can use the hash-tag #freebruce or perhaps Bruce should just drop ESPN entirely and join SB Nation, #brucetosbnation.  I don't know how this plays out, and honestly, I'd be fine with Feldman not working for ESPN any more, that way I'd be able to read his articles since I don't pay to read stuff on the internet, including ESPN Insider.  If he got a gig somewhere else, I'd probably be able to read them for free.

I posted the SB Nation link so that you could follow just one place for an update on any news. #thesbnationstorystreamisawesome.

[Note by Seth C, 07/15/11 6:37 AM CDT ] I thought about this a bit more and wanted to make clear that right now, ESPN has not said why they've suspended Feldman, but most folks are assuming that it is because of his book with Leach.  Nevertheless, it's going to be really interesting to see how ESPN reacts and if they release a statement today as to Feldman's suspension.

BASEBALL
John Neely Earns Second All-America Award From CBI - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Congrats 

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