Wednesday Morning Links at Viva The Matadors | 2013-03-27

Morning links: odds and ends, volleyball, softball, tennis and men's basketball. Full update on Texas Tech contacting New Mexico St.'s Marvin Menzies.

ODDS AND ENDS | Buzz Bissinger writes about his shopping addition in GQ. It is amazing.

Athletic Scholarships' John Infante gives you all of the gory details about players that are "released from their scholarship" which is actually an incorrect term:

Athletes in Division I and II must receive permission to contact other schools regarding a transfer. In nonrevenue sports, getting permission to contact is just the first things an athlete asks for in a transfer. Most athletes in those sports will also end up asking for permission to use the one-time transfer exception, another form of release.

VOLLEYBALL | The volleyball team is continuing to work and hosts two home matches on Thursday.

SOFTBALL | The game times for the conference opener at Oklahoma St. has changed. The DT has an article previewing the OSU series.

TENNIS | The men's team is ranked #39th in the country, while the women's team has earned their second highest ranking in program history at #18. Congrats! The DT has an article on the women's team preparing for Fresno State.

MEN'S BASKETBALL | So yesterday, news broke that New Mexico State's Marvin Menzies was on campus taking a tour. The story has been updated with quotes that indicate that Menzies was just talking with Chancellor Kent Hance about the other candidates and Menzies is happy where he is at. Sure, of course. Per the Las Cruces Sun-News:

"Right now I have a great situation and no interest in pursuing the job at Texas Tech," said Menzies, who led New Mexico State to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in his sixth year at the school.

Menzies said he met with Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance on Tuesday.

"I have a relationship with him and he wanted to pick my brain about the job and current candidates, but I didn’t take a campus tour," Menzies said. "I will be back (to Las Cruces) in the morning."

The news also broke yesterday that Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson was approached and I found Hinson's wording interesting as he turned down the opportunity. Per The Southern:

"I was not searching for, nor am I seeking a job. I am extremely happy at Southern Illinois, but I honored their request and sat down and visited with their administration," Hinson said.

Menzies mentions Hance and Hinson mentions the "administration", not Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt. Maybe I'm being paranoid here.

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