ODDS AND ENDS | The Lawrence Journal-World took a look at all of the majors of the Big 12 men's basketball and football programs and found the following:
An in-depth Journal-World study of Big 12 athletics, including the incoming and outgoing teams this year, found widespread clustering — defined by researchers as 25 percent of a team sharing one major — in men’s basketball and football programs.
Some of the more significant cases of clustering found in the study include:
* Baylor football team: 51 percent of players major in general studies, compared with just 1 percent of all other undergraduates.
* Texas A&M: 37 percent of the men’s basketball players and football players major in agricultural leadership and development, compared with less than 1 percent of nonathletes.
* Iowa State: Seven of 11 men’s basketball players majored in liberal studies.
I didn't find a mention of Texas Tech, so although I am sure that student-athletes tend to lean towards a certain majors, Texas Tech was not one of the major violators according to this report. Still, to have 51% of your players major in a single subject seems strange.
TRACK | Congrats to former Red Raider Sally Kipyego for making the Kenyan Olympic Team!
BASEBALL | This is to be filed under the rumor-mongering category, but there is talk on the Twitter, which is highly suspect in the first place, congratulating Howard J.C. pitching coach J-Bob Thomas as the new Texas Tech pitching coach. There are so many things wrong with that, but early this morning, I found multiple tweets congratulating Thomas and I would assume that these might be players for Howard J.C. Here is Thomas' bio at Howard J.C. and I should also mention that Texas Tech signee LHP Logan Ehlers pitched incredibly well at Howard J.C. last year.
More Twitter rumors, but this comes from the actual person, not anonymous Twitter folks, but Seward County C.C. SS Jake Barrios said he's set to transfer to Texas Tech. Barrios signed with LSU after the 2011 season, but because of concerns about playing time he returned to Seward. As a freshman, Barrios hit .359 with 8 home runs and 59 RBI, and as a sophomore, that power disappeared, but Barrios was still productive, hitting .389 with 1 home run and 49 RBI. We'll see if this is actually true, but this team is in desperate need of some middle infield help, so the addition of Barrios would be terrific.
SOFTBALL | Congrats to Texas Tech assistant coach Kristie Fox being named UT-Arlington's new head coach. You know your program is improving if other schools are taking your assistant coaches. Congrats to Kristie!
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL | The official site has an interview with incoming freshman G Minta Spears.
FOOTBALL Texas Tech commit QB Davis Webb competed in the Las Vegas Elite 11, which is a quarterback competition, and he didn't win, but he did tweet that he won the Golden Arm Accuracy Competition, which if this is a accuracy competition, then I'll take it. This preview from ESPN says that Davis is up to 6-5/208, which is about 10 pounds heavier than what was initially reported when Webb committed.
Head coach Tommy Tuberville was on a radio station in West Virginia, MetroNews Statewide Sportsline, to discuss Texas Tech and the Big 12.