ODDS AND ENDS | RP.com's Joshua Koch has an interview with Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt and if you questioned whether or not he knows that programs need to be better, well he does:
"So a lot of exciting things," he said. "That being said, we cannot hide behind the fact that some of our more high profile sports have had disappointing years. Football had a disappointing fall, women’s basketball had a disappointing end to their season and men’s basketball was in a rebuilding year and provided some challenges there."
Hocutt is going to be diplomatic, as he should, and I very much appreciate that. He knows that things need to get better with the four major sports.
Here is your moment of zen:
TEXAS TECH BASEBALL | They just keep teasing us. The baseball team won the first game of the two-game series with New Mexico 9-5 (official site). This team couldn't muster any offense during conference play against Oklahoma St., but exploded for 9 runs yesterday. I just don't get the inconsistency. CF Barrett Barnes was 2-5 with 4 RBI. LAJ's George Watson recaps the game.
Congrats to Duke von Schamann for being named to the National Pitcher of the Year Watch List. Much deserved.
RED RAIDER BASKETBALL | Congrats to former Red Raider Tony Benford, who was hired to be the next head basketball coach at North Texas. Benford has been an assistant at Marquette for a handful of years.
TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL | LAJ's Don Williams has an article about how OC Neal Brown wants to get players, like IR Jakeem Grant, IR Javares McRoy and WR Javon Bell, touches in the running game during the spring game in order to diversify the offense and in case RB DeAndre Washington and RB Eric Stephens don't come back from their respective injuries. I like the idea of OC Brown trying to be more diverse.
CBS Sports Brett McMurphy broke the news yesterday that the most likely BCS playoff scenario would be four teams and the games would be held off-campus. Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes has a pretty good idea as to how this might work.