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Texas Tech Friday Morning Notes - Zach Thomas Is Released Edition

Double-T Nation News:

Think a good thought for the victims, family and friends of the Northern Illinois tragedy.

I know that I missed the review and preview of linebackers this week and I've scheduled to post it on Monday.

In no particular order, DTN's Top Seven:

  1. SMQ and EDSBS take on the proposed NCAA football rule changes.
  2. The new trailer for Indiana Jones and he Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
  3. SMQ's CFB Explainer: Seven men on the line of scrimmage.
  4. Card Chronicle brings you the top 50 players in the nation.
  5. Helmet of the future? I don't think so.
  6. Two updtes from ITH: Sampson is on a game-by-game basis and they don't believe in free speech.
  7. Excellent article by John Gasaway's Basketball Prospectus on the Sampson situation.

Texas Tech Basketball:

LAJ's Jeff Walker writes this morning about the excellent play of the frontcourt against K-State. Remember, it was just last Sunday where PK said that player's would need to fight for their scholarship if they intended on playing for Texas Tech and yesterday, PK did acknowledge that that, as a group, they played better:

"I thought Trevor Cook played like we thought Trevor Cook can play," Knight said. "I was going to kill him for that 3-point shot (earlier in the second half) and I was going to sub him out, but then he really made a nice play."

LAJ's Jeff Walker also has this week's Big 12 Extra, focusing on Texas Tech's tough senior, Martin Zeno (here's the pdf).

FWST's Mike Jones has his Big 12 Basketball Insider, mostly focusing on the the fact that after the win against KU, UT has the depth to play with Kansas. Also of note is the re-affirmation from PK that he doesn't think that RMK is going any where, at least not this year.

Texas Tech Football:

Former Texas Tech linebacker and former Miami Dolphin Zack Thomas was released today, and he did it with class (BTW - where is Matt Mosley?):

"I want to thank the entire organization, especially Mr. Huizenga, for making my 12 seasons with the Dolphins as memorable as they were. I also want to thank all the coaches and teammates that I've had during my career for helping me to grow both on and off the field. I have a tremendous appreciation and admiration not only for the Dolphins organization, but for the fans as well, for all of the support that they have given me. I can't thank Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland and the rest of Dolphins management enough for handling this situation in a first-class manner. I am healthy and look forward to playing in 2008, but will always consider myself a Miami Dolphin."

SB Nation blog The Phinsider also has quite a bit on Thomas' release.

Via Yahoo!, a Texas Tech Team Report from talks a little more about this year's recruiting class and says that these are Texas Tech's top recruits:

DE McKinner Dixon, Cisco, Texas -- During his rookie season at Tech, in 2005 when the Red Raiders went to the Cotton Bowl, he played in 10 games and registered 26 tackles -- six for a loss with two sacks. At 6-3, 265 pounds, he was regarded as a four-star prospect by most recruiting services.

DL Brandon Sesay, Atlanta -- At 6-6, 273 pounds, he could start the season on one side of the defensive line. He recorded 28 tackles, including seven for a loss with four sacks, in only six games at College of the Sequoias. Originally signed by Georgia out of high school, he's regarded as a four-star prospect by most recruiting services.

QB Seth Doege, Wolfforth, Texas -- How can you not be a top recruit as a quarterback in Mike Leach's system? What's intriguing about Doege, though, is he missed his final two seasons of high school with knee injuries, yet the Red Raiders kept their offer on the table. Most recruiting services have him as a three-star prospect, but he also received interest from Florida, Oklahoma and Purdue, three schools that have turned out pretty good quarterbacks.

Earlier this week, Tech92 posted a diary about how this year's class isn't up to par (no link and I couldn't find the article). The great thing about this class, which I think we can all agree upon, is that we won't have to wait very long to find out if the defensive players signed are going to contribute to next year's squad. I'm still okay with this class, and as far as the small class, I guess I don't get what the issue is. Yes, Texas Tech could have signed 100 guys to LOI's, but only 18 or so could have actually been offered a scholarship (see Alabama who signed 32 players but only has 25 scholarships available). Both USC and Ohio State signed only 19 players and Penn State signed only 14 players. Sometimes signing a low number of players happens, it's not that unusual, at least I don't think it is. Anyway, I love the dialogue and can't wait for August to roll around.