Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2012-09-15

Mar 30, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Candace Jackson takes the handoff from Erica Alexander on the third leg of the Texas Tech womens 4 x 100m relay that won its heat in 44.88 in the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

I'm going to have to start getting away from the use of the "DTN Daily Diatribe" since we'll be switching to the new format relatively soon (like in maybe a couple of weeks or sooner). Plus the little logo that I utilized isn't going to be relevant much longer either. Upward and onward and stuff. Also, I just found some Texas Tech track photos that didn't pop up on my photo editor. So you may get those for a few days.

[Note by Seth C, 09/15/12 7:59 AM CDT ] One more note, I've changed my Twitter handle to @vivathematador. I was going to add the "s", but I set up a new account, took the name adding the "s" and now Twitter won't let me have it because they say it's already been taken. Besides, I'm just a one matador. You don't have to update anything on your end if you are one of the people that do follow me, I'm just giving you a heads-up.

Olympic Sport Links

Two wins and a first place finish yesterday. How about that. The soccer team beat #20 Long Beach State last night in overtime, a goal by Janine Beckie with 0:31 remaining in overtime! Wow. The volleyball team rallied from 1-2 sets to beat Houston Baptist yesterday. Keep it up! Finally, men's cross country runner Kennedy Kithuka set a course record and the team finished in first place yesterday in the Red Raider Open.

Men's Basketball

KLBK reported late yesterday that head coach Billy Gillispie returned to Lubbock from the Mayo Clinic yesterday afternoon. KLBK's Matt Roberts has the photographic evidence:

RRS.com reported that "university officials" were shocked that Gillispie is in town:

Multiple sources told RedRaiderSports.com that university officials were "shocked" to see Gillispie return after less than three full days at the Mayo Clinic. Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt received a text message from Gillispie at 2:35 p.m. Friday afternoon that stated he was still undergoing tests and waiting to meet with more doctors. University officials were not given any indication of Gillispie's plans to leave the Mayo Clinic and were surprised by news reports that he had returned to Lubbock.

So, isn't is strange that Gillispie texts Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt at 2:35 pm, but then Roberts reports Gillispie's return at 8:00 pm. Bizarre. Just to summarize, Chris Walker is in charge of day-to-day operations and that Gillispie is not to contact anyone related to the team until Gillispie meets with Hocutt. RRS.com also transcribed part of an interview with Walker's former head coach and employer, Steve Lappas, talks about Walker:

"Besides the fact he's a great recruiter, he obviously has the talent to evaluate," Lappas said. "You have to pinpoint the guys who have the ability to be recruited and then you have to have the ability to recruit them. He's a tireless worker, tremendous evaluator. He establishes relationships that he keeps. We works at his relationships which is very important in recruiting. He keeps in contact with (coaches) that don't even have a kid. That's the key to recruiting is staying close and friendly with people even if they don't have something there to help you.

Football

I've got a open post going up later this morning at 10:00 am, an afternoon open post at 2:00 pm and then the game day post going up at 4:00 pm. I've got stuff going on for dinner so I won't be around, but I will be around at teh end of the game. The LAJ has a few links this morning:

* Gameday Matchups
* Notebook
* Possibility of stronger non-conference opponents

The ABQJounrnal writes that New Mexico Bob Davie is looking for "little wins" against Texas Tech:

"They’re not a blitzing, pressure defense," Davie says. "With their offense, I don’t think they need to be. They realize (the Tech offense is) going to score points. They’re really sound in what they do, and they’re really emphasizing fundamentals."

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