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Texas Tech Tuesday Morning Notes - Why Were You Hobbling Edition

Re-design, take two.

DTN's Top Three:

  1. More from NY Times' Michael Lewis on fixing the economy. Reading this makes me angry and sad all at the same time.
  2. I finished Outliers a couple of weekends ago (it only took a day) and I cannot recommend this book enough. It makes you think.
  3. Mack Brown will vote Texas #1 and Dr. Saturday on last night's matchup and Texas' claim that their #1:
    As for Texas, I enjoyed Mack Brown and Colt McCoy's rehearsed "We're No. 1 and we can beat anyone in the country" routine after the game, when they were 16 seconds away from blowing a late double-digit lead to a nine-point underdog. That's more than a little disingenuous -- perfectly understandable, given Kyle Whittingham's politicking following Utah's win in the Sugar Bowl and the open talk of splitting the national championship -- but not exactly sincere under the circumstances of this win.

FWST's Dwain Price is reporting that Michael Crabtree will seek out a specialist to figure out why his ankle hasn't fully healed. Michael Crabtree, Sr. had this to say about his Jr.'s ankle:

"We’re just trying to see what’s wrong with it," Michael Crabtree Sr. said. "We need to find a specialist so we can get it properly rehabbed."

The elder Crabtree said his son told him his ankle was fine against Ole Miss, but the redshirt sophomore had his worst collegiate game, catching just four passes for 30 yards and a touchdown.

"I told him, 'Well, if you’re fine, why were you hobbling?’ " Crabtree Sr. said.

And Sr. also mentioned that Team Crabtree hasn't made a decision, although, I think we can read the writing on the wall.

Hat-tip to Double Extra Point, I'm sure we've gone over this before, but thought it was worth mentioning again, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics for Sports details the academic rates for teams in college football's bowl games this year.

Attention parents of potential athletes!!

If you want your son to leave a university with a degree and you're sending him to a school in the Big 12, then send him to Texas Tech. Mike Leach and Texas Tech graduates 79% of their players and 71% of their African-American players.

Congrats to 2009 Texas Tech commit Joel Gray (Hebron) and 2010 commit Jackson Richards (Southlake Carroll) for being named to the DMN DFW All-Area Teams (Offense and Defense). A couple of things, I'm sure that this will never come back to haunt Gray, but I'm not about to be the one to give him a hard time about it (I'm 5'9" and extremely frail):

About Gray: Gray, who's orally committed to Texas Tech, led one of the area's most effective offensive lines. Known for his quick feet, Gray graded out at over 90 percent for season and started 35 games during his high school career.

Did you know? Gray writes poetry. He had a poem published in an anthology when he was in middle school.

The AAS released their Fabulous 55, which includes the following Texas Tech commits:

  • Receiver Emory Blake (17),
  • Offensive lineman Kyle Clark (32),
  • Running back Eric Stephens (36),
  • Quarterback Jacob Karam (40) and
  • Receiver Aaron Fisher (49).

Congrats are also in order for 2009 commit Jacob Karam for being named to the Chron's All-Greater Houston second team. And did you know this about Karam?


In all seriousness, Gray and Karam are what what Texas Tech the best public university to play football and get your diploma and that's why having players with off the field talents is refreshing.

LAJ's Jeff Walker looks (PDF) at the Red Raiders before conference play with three things we know and three things we don't know. I agree with most everything, but couldn't agree more with Walker on the play of D'Walyn Roberts:

While the Red Raiders have had some impressive individual performances that include big numbers--John Roberson's 33 points against UTEP, Alan Voskuil's 28 points against Eastern Kentucky and New Mexico or Trevor Cook's 24 points against Pittsburgh--Roberts has been the most steady.

The 6-foot-7 forward is one of three players (Roberson, Voskuil) to start in all 14 games. He's reached double figures in scoring six times and has at least four rebounds in eight games.

Tonight's game against TCU starts at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on TTTN. The DTN preview and open thread will go up later this afternoon.