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Tuesday Morning Notes

Double T Nation:

I'd like to take a minute and congratulate my little brother, who will be graduating from the University of Texas at Austin on Friday morning. Collegiate allegiances aside, I am proud of you on a job well done and there is no doubt that you will be a success.

Love - Seth

Texas Tech Basketball:

Coach Knight was honored yesterday at the Texas Capital for his 880th victory. Of course, Coach Knight didn't have a jacket or tie and had to borrow one. I live for the days I don't have to wear a tie to work.

A pretty interesting article by ESPN's Andy Katz about the mid-major schools who have to bite the bullet and pay coaches to leave their respective school. Example, Steve McClain was paid $350,000 to leave and now the Wyoming budget is a mess. The larger schools can take the hit, but the mid-majors have a big problem making up that money. It's a good read.

Texas Tech Football:

Fox Sports' Richard Cirminiello has a list (everyone loves a list) of the 25 biggest off-season quarterback battles. Graham Harrell and Texas Tech did not make the list.

Texas Tech Baseball:

The Red Raiders were able to stop the bleeding as they beat the New Mexico Lobos 9-8 on Monday afternoon. Because this was such a strange game and their 4th game in as many days, the pitching was left to the relievers as 4 different pitchers saw the mound. Reliever Brian Cloud was the most effective, where he pitched 3.2 innings, giving up 5 hits, one run, while striking out 2. Roger Kieschnick was in the lead-off position for the 2nd straight game and managed a home run in 5 at bats. Chris Richburg hit a 3 run triple in the bottom of the 8th inning to assure Tech of the victory.

LAJ's George Watson has the game story and has this from Coach Hays on Cloud's performance:

"The key for us was Cloud coming in and giving us some solid pitching," Hays said. "He was supposed to come in and pitch the seventh and eighth, so that's how things had gone and he went in and had to face their best hitters. But he hung in there and gave us a chance to win the game. It could have been easier today. We had opportunities if we'd got some big hits before and had our better hitters up there and they didn't get it done. We've got (Aaron) Odom ready to go (today) and he better burn up some innings."

As I said before, I don't think this team quits, I just don't think they have the talent. For those of you curious about next year's recruits, here's a list of the 2008 commitments, which includes 8 pitchers and 1 catcher.

I've been meaning to post this each week, but it slips my mind, but don't forget about Corn Nation's Big 12 Week in Review to catch up on the other Big 12 action.