Hot damn, I'm finally excited about a game that means something. The Cowboys loom on Saturday and I can't wait. The Red Raiders are starting to garner a little national interest with the outstanding play of Harrell and Crabtree, now it's a matter of not letting up and for everyone to do your job.
There's lots of news out there today, so lets' get to it.
Texas Tech Football:
Last night on RedRaiders.com there was a story about how Colby Whitlock is expected to start on Saturday and now that story isn't on the RedRaiders.com website. There were even quotes. I had a little write up last night and despite having reservations about deleting what I wrote, I'm going to continue on. Here's what I wrote last night:
I wrote this about Whitlock Sunday after Saturdays' game against Rice:
It's interesting to note that Setencich is starting to mix and match some of his veterans with some of the younger kids. Hill is playing alongside Brian Duncan and Victor Hunter, while Marlon Williams is starting with Tillman and P. Williams. Now we've got Henley and Whitlock as a first team unit and Richard Jones and Stoffels as part of the 2nd team unit.
In the midst of playing Oklahoma State, who many has guessed would be the opponent should a game be played in Dallas, Don Williams confirms that Gerald Myers had another conversation with Cotton Bowl officials on August 30th. Don Williams quoted Myers on his conversation with said officials:
"They were just real positive about a game at the state fair," Myers said. "They emphasized how important it would be to the fans and how much they would enjoy going to the state fair along with the game."
Asked where he wanted the discussions to lead, Myers said, "It's something I couldn't say. Both groups have been great. They both have a good rationale. A decision hasn't been made, so I'd rather not say."
FWST's Dwain Price has his Texas Tech Football Notes, where he takes us back two years to a similar situation:
But the Cowboys manufactured enough big plays to upset the Red Raiders 24-17. It was the only Big 12 game OSU won that season.
Price also notes that Coach Leach thinks that Harrell is becoming a real leader:
"The other thing is he's smart -- he knows what's important. His dad's the head football coach in Ennis, so he grew up with a good knowledge of this stuff."
Hat-tip to DTN reader Ayleein, where Scout.com's Pete Fiutak thinks that Harrell should be a part of the Heisman conversation and it's just silly that he's not included in the conversation. I mentioned before that until the Heisman folks start recognizing outstanding players, not just outstanding players from the best teams, then the definition of what the Heisman trophy means needs to change.
Don Williams is also reporting that offensive lineman Deveric Gallington from Richland Hills has committed to Texas Tech. Gallington had offers from Oklahoma State, Washington State, New Mexico, SMU, TCU, Purdue, Iowa State, Utah and La. Tech as well as visits with Arizona, Florida and Alabama.
Texas Tech Basketball:
I saw the story late on Friday, but didn't want this news to get lost in the shuffle of a game day. Coach Knight received his second commitment, nabbing 6' 9", 250 pounds, Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski is from Blue Valley West High School in Kansas and says here he averaged 14 points and 10 boards a game.
I'll have to start the DTN recruiting board for basketball one night this week.