ODDS AND ENDS | Totally Texas Tech with some pictures from the Memorial Day weekend.
Black Heart Gold Pats continues with their Pro Combat re-designs with Michigan St.
CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT | Turfburner has a good recap of how the Big 12 is okay with standing pat at 10 teams.
TENNIS | Congrats to the Lady Raiders for finishing in the top 25 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's at #22 for the first time in the program's history, while the Red Raiders finished #23 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Fantastic seasons all around. Also a nice tribute video to Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar from their NCAA Men's Doubles Championship match that they ended up losing. They aren't happy in the video, but what they did was pretty impressive.
BASEBALL | LAJ's George Watson spoke with interim head coach Tim Tadlock, who thinks he can do the job at Texas Tech:
"I’m not the best guy at bragging," Tadlock said. "But I think if you go back and look at my track record over the last 20 years ... I think it speaks for itself."
FOOTBALL | Just a lot of quick hits, and two somewhat substantive links. LAJ's Don Williams spoke with newest Texas Tech commit QB Davis Webb . . . per ESPN, former commit S Jordan Sterns de-committed from Texas Tech and committed to Oklahoma St. last night . . . speaking of Oklahoma St., per Cowboys Ride For Free, RB Herschel Sims allegedly stole $700 from a teammate, there hasn't been any official word as of yet, but it doesn't look good for the former Abilene product.
The SAEN has a long interview with Texas Tech commit Baylen Brown who is excited for his senior year and also says this about Texas Tech.
"Tech is a great place," Brown said. "I liked the coaches. They shoot straight with you and don't sugarcoat anything. They let you know how it's going to be in college. The program has a good history.
"They're rebuilding , so it will be good to go there now. The town (Lubbock) is great. It's all about Tech."
Another year, another prolific Red Raiders quarterback. Tech doesn't throw it around as it did in the Mike Leach days, but coordinator Neal Brown is a Leach disciple who is not averse to putting it up 50 times. Doege threw for 4,004 yards with 28 TDs and 10 interceptions last season, his first as the starter. He might have been even more productive had Stephens not been lost to an injury in Game 5; as it was, Stephens ran for 565 yards and eight TDs in those five games. He is an excellent receiver and a solid blocker, but it's his value as a runner that Tech really missed last season. Moore also suffered through an injury-marred campaign, missing three early-season games. He wasn't 100 percent when he returned, but still finished with 47 receptions for 571 yards and eight TDs. Moore, Eric Ward and Alex Torres could combine for 225 or so receptions this season; they had 181 last season.
I don't know about you, but I think I'd replace Moore with WR Eric Ward. Ward was more consistent last year, healthy all year and I think is a better receiving threat.