DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2012-02-23

TEXAS TECH BASKETBALL | Texas Tech lost to Iowa St., 54-72 (official site | box score) after leading at halftime. I just don't know what to write any more. Just have to stick with it for a few more games and as sorry as I feel for myself in trying to write something original about this team, I can't imagine being on the team. LAJ's Nick Kosmider had this from head coach Billy Gillispie:

"It’s frustrating," Tech coach Billy Gillispie said, "because our team is fighting so hard and they’ve become physical enough and tough enough to win. We’ve become really good defensively, but when you turn it over and give them layups ... We would drive the baseline, throw it in the middle, and they’d just go and dunk it."

At this point, you just have to have faith that BCG is going to turn this around, but like myself and a lot of you have speculated, there's going to be a significant roster overhaul. The Statesman's Kevin Lyttle has an Big 12 report and he writes about how Gillispie needs time:

"We're way ahead in recruiting," Gillispie said. "They've seen the track record (of my coaching stops), they know what's going to happen. They just don't know when, either. They know they'll have a chance to play."

Gillispie, who prides himself on pressure man defense and rebounding, is a program-builder. He did that at UTEP, then at Texas A&M, where he had three straight 20-win seasons and led the Aggies to the Sweet 16 in 2007. The only time it didn't work out for Gillispie is when he took over an established powerhouse at Kentucky.

"I feel (Tech) is the right spot for me,'' he said. "You don't have to lower your expectations to have patience. I know it will happen here. I don't know when.

"The bottom line is winning, and I'm a winner, and we turn these programs around."

LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL | The DT's Chois Woodman has a real-deal profile on F Jordan Barncastle and her playing basketball as well as being a biology major as well as applying for medical school:

Being a doctor is an occupation she has always dreamed of, Barncastle said.

"It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do," she said. "I’ve developed really good relationships with people in medicine, whether it’s been our team doctor or just people around here — trainers, or just anybody involved in medicine — has really encouraged me to try to strive for that."

Barncastle said she is not sure what field she wants to go into yet, but she likes dermatology and sports orthopedics and she is interested in Tech’s medical school.

"I would love to go here. I would love to stay in Lubbock," Barncastle said. "The community is awesome, so we’re shooting for here."

Good stuff, go read the whole thing.

TEXAS TECH SOFTBALL | DT's Matt Villanueva looks back at last weekend when the softball team won 6 games in 3 days and will be playing in a similar tournament this weekend in Waco.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL | Warning, this is Twitter, so I don't know if it's true, but per ProKicker.com's Twitter, K/P Patrick Sohrt (6-2/200 | St. Joseph HS, Victoria, TX) will be attending Texas Tech. Sohrt is part of the 2012 class, so that means he'll be a freshman in the fall. I could only find an ESPN profile, that gave Sohrt a 2-star rating and 77 grade. Sohrt has quite a few YouTube videos, one is game video and the others are videos from a camp, including field goal video and kickoff video. ProKicker has a profile on Sohrt and I found a short scouting report on National Camp Series:

"Patrick is a very special player. First he is a lefty and on top of that he is a combo guy. He has explosive kicks that show his strenght and contact on all aspects of his game. He needs to work on this angels on field goals and his drive through on punts and KO's. However Patrtick will be a top kick for the 2012 class.

I missed this yesterday, but RP.com's Joe Yeager had a free practice report with a lot of good notes and I highly recommend this. When I do a weekly review like I did this week, I'll make sure and reference a lot of things out of this post.

LAJ's Don Williams profiles RT LeRaven Clark and head coach Tommy Tuberville said this about Clark:

"The upside to Le’Raven Clark is huge," Tuberville said. "He’s got four years and he’s playing with the first-team offense now, getting a lot of reps. It’s going to be a learning process, but I like the future for him."

And LT LaAdrian Waddle said this about Clark:

"He has extremely strong legs," Waddle said. "He’s got lower-body strength. He’s athletic as well. He’s quick. Let him work on his technique a little bit — clean that up — and he’ll be a good one."

Good stuff.

I was asked on Twitter what happened to former offensive line coach Matt Moore and LAJ's Don Williams noted that Moore was hired at Middle Tennessee State.

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