Texas Tech Links: Mike Smith Involved in Playbook Controversy; Kirsch Signs Free Agent Deal

Daniel Talia of the Crows kicks the ball during the round 13 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Adelaide Oval on June 14, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. - Morne de Klerk

LB coach Mike Smith is involved in a playbook controversy involving New England and the NY Jets. Adam Kirsch signed a free agent deal with the New York Yankees. Baron Batch will be in Dallas at an art show.

Mike Smith Involved in HUGE Conspiracy. Not really, but it's a great headline and he is sorta at the center of it.  So, supposedly, the head coach for the Cleveland Browns, Mike Pettine, said that Mike Smith was talking to Tom Brady at Wes Welker's wedding and Brady said that he may have had some of the NY Jets defensive playbooks.  Apparently, Jets' head coach Rex Ryan likes giving out playbooks to everybody. Here's Pettine:

"It didn't shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway," Pettine says. "He gave one out to [Alabama coach Nick] Saban and I was like, ‘Don't you know Saban and Bill [Belichick] are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it's going to end up in New England.'"

Then, this thing sorta gets big and Ryan says that for Pettine to say what he did is disrespectful and ridiculous because he's Rex Ryan:

He added "(Pettine) needs to learn to be quiet. Absolutely.'' He also said he was "ticked off'' by the accusation that the Patriots had an unfair advantage.

As an aside, it took me 0.35 seconds to find Ryan's 2005 Baltimore playbook on the internets.

Juneteenth Basketball Tournament. This is pretty cool, Andre Emmett and Ronald Ross will play in the 33rd Annual Juneteenth Basketball Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Permian.

31 Red Raiders on All-Big 12 Academic Rookie Team. Congrats to the 31 student athletes who are on the All-Big 12 Academic Rookie Team!

Batch in Dallas. If you are in the Dallas area this weekend, Baron Batch will be putting on an art show at the Rachel Nash Gallery in Deep Ellum on Saturday.

Kirsch Signs with Yankees. Congrats to DH Adam Kirsch who signed a free agent deal with the New York Yankees. I didn't understand how Kirsch didn't get drafted.

Carpenter Leaning to Texas Tech. Signee RHP Quinn Carpenter, who played at Iowa Western (I believe it is a JUCO) last year and was 8-0 and had an ERA of 2.70, says that he is leaning towards attending Texas Tech:

"I'm not disappointed at all," he said. "I think next year I can dramatically increase my draft stock and I can go even higher next season."

Bowlsby Receives Two Year Extension. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby received a two year extension and is signed as the commissioner through 2018-2019 season:

"I am honored to serve the Big 12 Conference, and humbled by the confidence, support and generosity of the Board," Bowlsby said in a release. "€œI look forward to a bright future for the Big 12 and am very enthusiastic about continuing my service for at least another five years."

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