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Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe :: 09.24.09

Texas Tech Football

  Henley Back at Practice:  LAJ's Don Williams reports that Rajon Henley is back at practice.  There's no other tidbits from the Williams article, but this is good news to say the least.  The remaining injured player is SS Franklin Mitchem.

  Smart Football:  mojavereject has a FanPost on the Chris Brown guest post over at EDSBS that you all need to read and comment.

  Potts and Keenum, Together Forever:  Two, yes, two articles on the fact that Texas Tech QB Taylor Potts and Houston QB Case Keenum battle for the pride of Abilene.  LAJ's Adam Zuvanich and the Abilene Reporter News' Greg Jaklewicz compare and contrast the two quarterbacks.  From the Zuvanich article, head coach Mike Leach thinks it's coincidental that both QB's are from Taylor County:

"That they all come from the same county, I think it’s kind of impressive, a little coincidental," Leach said. "You would think that maybe the city of Houston or maybe the city of Dallas, but no, it is Taylor County."

And Case Keenum, again from the Zuvanich article, talks about facing Texas Tech:

"We’ve got to come out and play hard against a really talented Texas Tech football team," said Keenum, who added that Tech’s defense will provide the toughest challenge yet for the Cougars. "We’re excited about the chance to play on national television and have a sellout crowd here in Houston. It hasn’t been like this for a while.

"We’ve done some awesome things around here," he said, "and we’ve got to keep it rolling."

The Jaklewicz article is more family oriented, but still worth a read to find out what their parents think of their sons.

  Leach and Holgorsen, Together Forever:  The Chron's Steve Campbell has another look at the Leach/Holgorsen relationship, which is minimal, other than Leach hired Holgorsen and gave him an opportunity to be a coach. 

  Houston Cougar Links:  DT's Alex Ybarra writes that the Cougars are trying to deal with being ranked and a big game on Saturday . . . ESPN's Graham Watson writes that Houston hopes their maturity keep them focused . . . the Chron's Steve Campbell wonders if there is any stopping the Cougar Express

  Texas Tech vs. Houston Links:  Tortilla Retort's RRR takes a look at his keys to the game . . .'s Olin Buchanan on the Big 12 games this week . . .  Dawg Sports' T. Kyle King has this game as one of the national games of interest:

Texas Tech Red Raiders at Houston Cougars: It’s put up or shut up time for the Cougars. They got our attention by beating the high-flying Oklahoma St. Cowboys, but what will they do for an encore? These two teams haven’t crossed paths since the Southwest Conference disbanded, so Houston’s all-time series lead (17-10-1) over the Red Raiders really isn’t relevant, but this datum may be: the Cougs have won six of their last seven out-of-conference home games, including one over the aforementioned Pokes. Everything seems to be going Houston’s way, with the Cougars coming off of an open date and Texas Tech trying to rebound from a tough loss in Austin, but I just can’t bring myself to pull the trigger here. Houston, you have a problem, and that problem is the fact that the Red Raiders are going to walk out of your stadium with a win.

 . . . and Roll Bama Roll's Nico2.0 also thinks this game is one of the national games to watch:

Houston is the new media darling for BCS busting now that BYU and Utah have bitten the dust. Boise is the most likely candidate to actually do it, but Houston is a buzz team after knocking off Oklahoma State in week two. A C-USA BCS buster would definitely be different. If they actually run the table they'll have three BCS teams on their resume (Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State.) Texas Tech is looking to bounce back after last week's 34-24 loss to Texas. I imagine this'll be a scoring extravaganza. Should be a fun one.

 . . . and the football guru Phil Steele is picking your Red Raiders to win . . .

  Neglected Video:  Fox34 with a look at if the bye week is an advantage for Houston:


. . . KAMC on the two QB's . . .

  2010 Commit Young is Pretty Good:  DMN's Rainer Saban profiles 2010 commitment, QB Scotty Young, of Denton Ryan, who is off to a pretty good start thus far this year.  Here's his quarterback coach Matt Tittle on Young:

"Scotty's so intelligent," Tittle said. "He can make all the throws. He can stretch the field. He has good footwork. And he understands the game. He is further along than any other kid I have coached."

Texas Tech Basketball

  Duncanville's StarCenter to be Knight Field House:  This is only partly related to Texas Tech, but could have some interesting recruiting implications as former Texas Tech head coach, Bob Knight, will have Duncanville's StarCenter, which is terminating their lease agreement with the Dallas Stars, converted into a basketball facility and part of the new ownership group includes Bob Knight, who will also put on a free basketball clinic once a year.  This could have a fairly significant impact on Pat Knight and recruiting at Texas Tech as this area of DFW is a basketball hot-bed of talent.