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Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe // 04.22.09

Texas Tech Football

Colby Whitlock, The Wrestler

ESPN's Tim Griffin talks with sophomore DT, Colby Whitlock. This article was done a few days ago, but due to my hectic schedule, it fell by the wayside, but it talks quite a bit about Whitlock's wrestling background. In any event, how about this opening set of paragraphs:

On a sweltering summer day in Lubbock several years ago, Texas Tech nose tackle Colby Whitlock made a notable early impression on Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill.

"It was hot as fire out there," McNeill said. "Then I looked over at Colby and I noticed he did the workout with a dip of Copenhagen in his mouth the whole time."

Whitlock's oral accompaniment wasn't done to show anything special to coaches or the other high school campers. It's just how he is.

"He went through every drill we had with a dip in his mouth and he didn't flinch or buck any," McNeill said, still amazed at the memory. "I had never seen anybody in 28 years of coaching do that."

Go read the whole thing. It's worth your time.

Crabtree is Ready

The AP's Ralph D. Russo pens an article on Michael Crabtree. Expect to see quite a few of these as we get closer to Saturday's NFL Draft. Again, not anything earth-breaking, but if you're looking to check out yet another article, click away.

Darcel McBath Sits Down with the Beast

Fellow high school classmate and ESPN blogger, Matt Mosley, sat down with Darcel McBath. I would post this in the neglected audio, video and pictures section, because it is truly neglected since this was posted on Friday, but I thought the discussion about the card trick that the Captain wowed McBath with during his initial recruiting trip was worth it's own section this morning:

Big 12 Spring Football Roundup

DMN's Chuck Carlton looks back at spring football in the Big 12 South and it's a good way to catch up on a number of teams. I did appreciate this quote from the Captain Mike Leach on NFL teams running the spread:

The one thing guaranteed to rile Leach are questions about the NFL and its skepticism of players from spread offenses. He even wondered Tuesday if pro scouts knew what a spread offense entails, while listing at least four NFL teams using it.

"It's just a bunch of mindless yammering," Leach said. "I know that in some circles it's sacrilegious to scrutinize anything that's done in the NFL, but I don't happen to be one of those people."

Neglected Audio, Video and Pictures

The official Big 12 website has all of the coaches teleconferences available online and although I wasn't able to pull up the Captain from this link you can find the Football Coaches Spring Teleconference whenever the media player pops up. Leach is on about the 45 minute mark.

Texas Tech Baseball

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
4/21/2009 7:00 p.m. Nate Karns (W, 3-4) Matt Hutchinson (L, 1-2) 10-6
4/22/2009 12:00 p.m. Miles Morgan Justin Baca (0-1, 8.10) -
LF - Michael Reed (Jr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Jr.); RF - Mason Macnoll (Fr.)
3RD - Justin Berry (Fr.); SS - Joey Kenworthy (Jr.); 2ND - Garrett Totten (Fr.); 1ST - Chris Richburg (Sr.)
C - Kevin Whitehead (Fr.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (Fr.)

*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).

Red Raiders Take Down Rebels

The Red Raiders took the first game of this quick two game series, beating the UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 10-6 (recap). Nate Karns (5.0 IP; 3 H; 2 ER; 1 BB; 4 SO), who can run either really hot or really cold, was pretty good last night. Robert Kilcrease (2.0 IP; 1 H; 0 ER; 0 BB; 0 SO) pitched effectively, while Jordan Stern (1.2 IP; 5 H; 4 ER; 0 BB; 0 SO) was pretty bad. Chad Bettis came in to register the final out, although he did give up a hit. At the plate, three players had 2 RBI games: Chris Richburg (3-5; 2 RBI); Justin Berry (4-5; 2 RBI); and Jeremy Mayo 2-3; 2 RBI).

LAJ's George Watson and DT's Mike Graham have game stories from yesterday's win, while head coach Dan Spencer is pleased with last night's game:

"I think that's about as well as we've played in a midweek game," Tech coach Dan Spencer said. "Great defense tonight and a real good start out of (Nathan Karns). I think it's important to win, obviously, (and) important to win at home."

The DT also has some video with some highlights.

Day at the Law

Don't forget that you have a perfect execuse to skip work today in Texas Tech's Day at the Law. The game starts at noon, grab a couple of hot dogs at the game and call it a day.