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Sunday Morning Notes

I'm getting a little bit of a late start this morning. Enjoy the notes over a cup of coffee and relax before you start the day.

Texas Tech Football:

LAJ's Don Williams has a wonderful article on wide receivers coach Lincoln Riley. It's a pretty amazing story, how Riley has risen so quickly through the system. The most interesting aspect to me isn't the coaching, as Coach Leach believes Riley to be ready, but the recruiting aspect of his position. Personally, I think that having a young coach who understands kids toady will be a tremendous help. Leach on Riley:

"There's some guy sitting at home that's going to read this and say, 'I've coached for 35 years. I know a lot more than this guy does.' '' Leach said. "Well, that guy doesn't know a fraction of what Lincoln does as far as what we do here and what's important to me as a coach and what we need in our offense.''

Don Huddles Up With . . Center Shawn Byrnes. Don also details the position battle on the Y Inside Receiver position, with this on Eric Walker and Danny Amendola from offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen:

Toward the end of the year, I really couldn't tell much difference in Danny and Eric. They were getting equal (snaps) the last four or five games of the year. They were both doing good things and they're pretty similar players.

Finally, in the Red Raiders' Football Notebook Don discusses with Bicknell the need of the offensive line to focus on extra points and field goals. Additionally, and this is the most interesting aspect, is the focus on Blake Collier. Collier is obviously a talented athlete and Setencich needs to get Collier on the field, irrespective of position. Don notes that Collier ran a 4.42 in the 40, that's redonkulous and considering Tech is a team that lack's team speed in general, Collier is a God-send who should play as much as possible.

The next practice isn't scheduled until 3:15 on Monday.

NCAA Tournament:

I didn't get to watch any of the Ohio State game, but beating Memphis by 16 is an accomplishment. I could not have been more impressed with UCLA and their defense. Absolutely incredible. They need to cut down on turnovers if they are going to win a championship, Kansas just couldn't capitalize on those opportunities. For today's action, check out:

Late last night I posted today's previews below.

Texas Tech Baseball:

Baylor reliever Nick Cassavechia balks with the bases loaded, sending James Leverton home in the top of the 10th to give Texas Tech an 8-7 victory. The 3 game series is tied 1-1 with the rubber match today. Starting pitcher struggled as he pitched 5 innings, giving up 8 hits and 4 runs. Red Raider reliever blanked the Bears the last 1.1 innings. LAJ's George Watson has got a great game story, with a portion here:

Leverton opened the top of the 10th with an infield single, and Kieschnick followed with a single to right field. Geoff Byrns was hit in the knee by Cassavechia (3-1) to load the bases. After a strikeout of Matt Smith, Cassavechia was called for a balk for stepping off with his left foot without coming set first, allowing Leverton to score the game-winning run.

Young then finished it with a perfect bottom of the 10th, getting the final out thanks to a sliding catch by Kieschnick on a blooper to right by Raynor Campbell.

"Just coming in that situation (in the ninth) we needed the win (Saturday) to be able to win the series (today), so I had the mindset that I just had to get the job done," Young said. "I knew the guys were going to play defense behind me, I knew we were going to put the bat on the ball and we were going to take the lead, so I just had to do the job."