ODDS AND ENDS | Taco Villa is now following DTN on Twitter. I feel like I've reached some sort of pinnacle and that I should quit while I'm ahead.
I was going to put this with the football stuff, but I think I'd prefer to just put it here, ArkansasBusiness.com reported yesterday that John David Stroud and his companies were charged with fraud up to $2.2 million by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Like I said last week when this story broke, I'm not at all saying that I think that Tuberville gets out of this without any harm, but it appears that right now, the CFTC is going after the TS companies and they are going after Stroud individually, but have yet to name Tuberville individually. The reason why that's significant is that you want to avoid personal liability which is the reason why people create LLC's or corporations in the first place. The big thing that I take away from this is that Tuberville may not be personally liable, which is to say that this doesn't mean that he may not have done something wrong as far as management of the entities in an official capacity, but the CFTC does believe that Stroud mis-managed the business as an officer and director of the entities, but the fact that they are going after Stroud individually is a pretty big deal. The LAJ has an article as well.
Don't forget that the Lady Raiders will now take on #1 Baylor at 1:30 pm this afternoon. Go get 'em.
RED RAIDER BASKETBALL | Is it mercifully or unmercifully? I don't know, but the season came to an end last night as Texas Tech lost to a depleted Oklahoma St. team, 60-76 (official site). I'll have more time to get into the game and some other things later, maybe next week. There's a lot going on with the basketball team. LAJ's Nick Kosmider recaps the game and LAJ's David Just also has a bit about how OSU guard Cesar Guerrero played. And if you want to remain encouraged, make sure and read the transcript from after the game with head coach Billy Gillispie, F Jaye Crockett and F Jordan Tolbert (PDF). Here's Gillispie:
There's so many things. I've been through it before. And it was very similar to what we went through at Texas El Paso, and those guys really learned to work and love each other and took care of everything off the court and in the classroom and all those kind of things. And I'm not a Bill Murray saying it just doesn't matter, because it does matter.
But they've got the foundation set as we move forward to build our program, and it will be built in a big hurry I think because of a lot of the efforts of the players that have been here. I hope I used up all my time on that.
I think I recall this last year, but I just wanted to put this here, but Flower Mound Marcus head coach Danny Henderson was recently asked by DMN's Corbett Smith if he was a candidate for an assistant position, which currently there is not one.
TEXAS TECH SOFTBALL | Texas edged Texas Tech, 1-2 (official site) and freshman pitcher Cara Custer pitched a complete game giving up only one earned run. UT has only lost one game all year and as much as Texas Tech has improved, UT is still a bit ahead of TTU. Last game is today.
TEXAS TECH BASEBALL | A Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers writes about Texas Tech's emergence:
The Red Raiders also are in good shape at the plate. Jamodrick McGruder and Barrett Barnes are two of the nation's most versatile players atop the lineup, while the return of Scott LeJeune from injury is a huge shot in the arm for this club. Meanwhile, Tim Proudfoot has risen to the occasion so far this season, playing a good shortstop and hitting .319 with 10 RBIs.
Tech still must do well in Big 12 play to finally reach its goal -- the NCAA postseason. But there's no question Spencer has this program believing again.
And from the official site, C Bo Altobelli was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. Congrats!