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Texas Tech Saturday Morning Notes - Jumping To Conclusions Edition

Vasquez Bench Presses a Small Car

Louis Vasquez had 39 reps of 225 at the NFL Combine, dominating the offensive line group and Michael Crabtree shrunk over an inch as he measured at the NFL Combine. You can check out all of the participants for Texas Tech here.

Mack Brown in Lubbock

LAJ's Adam Zuvanich writes that Mack Brown was in Lubbock to speak at the 27th annual West Texas Football Clinic and despite losing 39-33 in 2008, Brown was complimentary of the atmosphere in Lubbock that night:

"There was great spirit that night, the blackout worked, and I thought it was a great game," Brown said. "They just made the last play."

Brown was glad to see Leach sign his deal:

"Mike’s done a great job and I was sure they’d work it out, because he’s won and this business is about winning," Brown said. "Tech’s doing a great job right now - they had another very good recruiting year - and I’m glad they all got it worked out."

Additional Leach Stuff

If anyone is interested, the DMN has the pdf of the Captain's contract. I'm not going to read it and I'll just assume that it says what Hance, Myers and Leach said yesterday. Houston's Clear Thinkers Tom Kirkendall writes that IMG may have advised clients to get heavily involved with Stanford Financial Group. Yes, that Stanford Financial Group. Contract pettiness aside, I hope like hell that Leach didn't get caught up in that mess, but perhaps this says a little something about the IMG group if this is true.

Colin Cowherd had Mike Leach on yesterday. This was after the contract was signed (on Friday) and I like the quote, the contract negotiations were bureaucracy on steroids. And FWST's Vince Langford wrote that Leach said on KTCK on Friday that the firing comment was a bit of an exaggeration:

" . . . the firing thing was exaggerated. That was never going to happen. I think a certain amount of that was people jumping to conclusions."

LAJ's Don Williams has quite a bit on the marketing clause and also writes that UT's Mack Brown has a similar clause in that he must obtain UT's consent before entering into any marketing deals.

The Aggies Come to Town

LAJ's Jeff Walker writes that the Red Raiders needs a strong finish before the Big 12 Tournament. Assistant coach Chris Beard says that the team continues to try and improve as a team:

"Our goal from day one has been to try and get better as a team," Beard said. "We’re playing a young team … We’re playing for the future, but in college basketball everybody gets to play in a tournament. That tournament leads to an at-large bid, so we’re certainly still playing for something in terms of postseason."

Red Raiders Begin Season 2-0

Opponent Date Start Time Texas Tech Starting Pitcher Opponent Starting Pitcher Result
Southern Utah 2/20/2009 1:00 p.m. Chad Bettis (W) 1-0 Kyle Hammon (L) 0-1 14-3
Texas-Pan American 2/20/2009 4:00 p.m. Brian Cloud (W) 1-0 David DeLeon (L) 0-1 6-5
Southern Utah 2/21/2009 3:00 p.m. Miles Morgan (0-0, 0.00) Kyle Melling (0-0, 0.00) -
Texas-Pan American 2/22/2009 3:00 p.m. AJ Ramos (0-0, 0.00) Nathan Molina (0-0, 0.00) -

Click on the score for boxscore.

First and foremost, for all of you college baseball junkies, don't forget about Big 12 Hardball for great coverage on Big 12 baseball.

LAJ's George Watson recaps Friday's two wins against Southern Utah and Texas-Pan American and Head Coach Dan Spencer was pleased with some things, but knows the team has to improve:

"I thought we were average offensively, but we were good enough to win, and that’s what baseball’s all about at the end of the day," said Spencer, who was the fifth straight Tech coach to win his debut with the Red Raiders. "For opening day, you win twice, there shouldn’t be much to complain about, but we’re coaches, so we complain. I was pleased with our effort. I wasn’t pleased with our execution at times. We had some opportunities in the short game that we didn’t execute."

Let's briefly look at each game.

Texas Tech 14, Southern Utah 3

Sophomore Chad Bettis went 6.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 2 runs, both earned, striking out 5 and walking only 1. All in all, a good day for Bettis, and in relief, Jordan Stern pitched 2.1 innings, holding SU to just 1 hit. Short stop Joey Kenworthy went 2-5, driving in 4 runs. First baseman Chris Richburg went 2-4, with a homerun and 3 RBI. Most of Texas Tech's damage was done in the 2nd inning and the Red Raiders never looked back.

Texas Tech 6, Texas-Pan American

Robert Kilcrease pitched 5.0 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, all earned, walking 1 and striking out 5. That's a decent start and notice the trend here, very few walks. Brian Cloud gets the win, pitching 2.1 innings, giving up no hits and no walks while striking out 4. Junior right-fielder Kellen Monreal singled in the go-ahead run in the 7th inning, scoring Logan Brown. Nice to see some situational hitting so early in the season.