DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-09-20

Like yesterday, the conference realignment links are after the jump.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL
Week 3 Football Press Conference Quotes and Video - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
All your quotes from yesterday's press conference with head coach Tommy Tuberville, QB Seth Doege and DE Jackson Richards.

Tuberville has praise for Tech strong safety Bullitt | Red Raiders | Red Raider notebook: Fehoko, Graves leave team | Red Raiders
If you read the transcript, you'll see all of these quotes.  The second link has a concise injury update:  DE Leon Mackey's lung is much better, RB Aaron Crawford had a hamstring injury last week, OT Beau Carpenter had headaches, and C Justin Keown will be re-evaluated later in the week.  Also, Tuberville's players of the game:  Offense -- QB Seth Doege, Defense -- SS Terrance Bullitt, Special Teams -- DB Jared Flannel, Scout Team Offense -- WR Derek Edwards, and Scout Team Defense -- DE Scott Smith.

TEXAS TECH BASKETBALL
Gillispie adds another piece to staff - The Daily Toreador: Sports
This is a media relations type of role and Wells also works for the baseball team (I think).

Five Questions For... Iowa State Cyclones - Big 12 Hoops
Learn about one of the bad guys.

Big 12 Preview: Projections and five storylines to watch next year - The Dagger - NCAAB Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The Dagger is predicting a last place finish and I can't blame them.

LADY RAIDER VOLLEYVALL
Dowdy Helps Texas Tech Rally to Defeat North Texas - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
Another win in the books!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Morning Tailgate: I'm Not Thinking About Numbers - SBNation.com
Congrats to Bill Connelly, who is now writing full time for SB Nation. 

CLEAR EYES FULL HEART - Unlikely Words - A blog of Boston, Providence, and the world
This is the video from the Emmy's on Monday.  Clear eyes.  Full Heart.  Can't Lose.

The College Football Alphabetical, Week 3: Where Football Starts Hurting You - SBNation.com
Spencer Hall's Alphabetical.

Texas Tech and Kansas Set For Early Start On FSN - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
Game time is set for 11:00 a.m.

TEXAS TECH BASEBALL
Totally Texas Tech: New TTU Campus Pictures - Dan Law Field Update - 9/19/2011
Good photos of the updates to Dan Law Field.

CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT
Tuberville says work still being done to keep conference intact | Red Raiders | Coaches resigned to Big 12's demise - San Antonio Express-News
Yesterday, three coaches expressed their disdain for how conference realignment was shaping up:  Tuberville, UT's Mack Brown and KSU's Bill Snyder.  Brown should contact his bosses about any issues he has.

The Geography of College Football Fans (and Realignment Chaos) - NYTimes.com | CommonCensus Hotspot Sports Map
These were interesting links from yesterday and affirms that Texas Tech does in fact have football fans.  The study is based on the second link, which is a website vote as to whether or not they are fans and so the data has potential to be incredibly flawed.  I did the 200 mile radius for the DFW area and came up with the map to the right (full size here).  Overall, this means that, according to the numbers, Texas Tech has the #33 largest fanbase and would be the #4 fanbase if Texas Tech moved to the Pac-12 (although would then be behind UT and OU).

Texas And Conference Realignment: ACC Or Pac-12? | SportsGrid
All you need is this quote from the NY Times Pete Thamel:  "inviting Texas to your conference could be like inviting Hannibal Lecter to a dinner party."  Thamel also says that UT is like the prettiest girl in high school who can't get a date to the prom. 

Orangebloods.com - Source: Texas will make decision within two weeks
So to contrast the SportsGrid link, here's this, from OB.com's Chip Brown who writes that Texas will drink all of your milkshakes:

The Longhorns' first option remains holding the Big 12 together with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in it, the source said. The Big 12's TV partners (ABC/ESPN and Fox) are not interested in continuing their current contracts with the Big 12 if Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas are not all in the league, sources said.

Brown also says that the ACC is still on the table (or UT wants everyone to think the ACC is still on the table), but the ACC doesn't want Texas Tech:

A second source confirmed to Orangebloods.com that the Atlantic Coast Conference remains interested in Texas - but without Texas Tech. The source said the ACC would consider a Texas-Kansas or Texas-Missouri combination. But the ACC has real concerns about Texas Tech's academic standing. (Tech was ranked No. 160 in the latest U.S. News and World report rankings of America's top colleges and universities.)

As we all know, conference realignment isn't about academics.

Trust, partnership has crumbled within Big 12 | NewsOK.com | Regents give Powers the OK to study Horns' path in conference realignment | Oklahoma, Texas put league fate in presidents' hands – USATODAY.com
The Board of Regents of OU and UT authorize their presidents to act, although UT's president is more restricted.

Know an honorable man running college sports? Give him a minute - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com
I posted this in yesterday's links, but it's still worth a read. 

Twitter / @AJ_David: Despite OU, OSU and UT cal ...
The reason why Texas Tech doesn't have to call a Board of Regents meeting is that Texas Tech has already approved President Guy Bailey to act:

Despite OU, OSU and UT calling regents meetings, TTU does not need regent approval to explore realignment and have outside discussions.

Realignment’s Effect on the NCAA - The Blog of the NCAA
Another excellent read.

Oh look, a potential Pac-16 Schedule! - Pacific Takes
Pretty neat, a Pac-16 schedule that's workable.  Love it.

Report: West Virginia Declined by SEC - Big East Coast Bias | Report says Villanova’s bid rejected by ACC - delcotimes.com
Just because a school makes an application, it doesn't mean that it's going to be accepted to a conference.

Sprints Will Allow Clemson in Over Its Cold, Dead Body // 09.20.11 - Team Speed Kills
I couldn't link to every bit of news in the SEC and their expansion issues, so I'm linking to Team Speed Kills.

Pac-12 Expansion: Texas Must Capitulate The Longhorn Network To Join - Pacific Takes
Here's Kunnath:

The Longhorns are not going to push the Pac-12 around. Scott and the conference presidents know plenty well what's happened in the previous two conferences they've been in, and they're not about to let Texas go and ruin their tidy little conference deal with their own impositions on revenue sharing. Texas will have to do it the Pac-12's way, which means folding the LHN up and moving back into the fold.

Big East And Big 12 Discuss Merger - Big East Coast Bias
I guess this is option #2 if UT wants to keep the Big 12 alive.

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