Hear Me Ramble: Allen Kenney of Blatant Homerism, a Sooners blog, asked me to talk about Texas Tech, the coaching transition, the state of the football team, etc. Thanks to Allen for the opportunity to talk Texas Tech football, especially considering that normally when I try to talk about Texas Tech football with the only other person in my house, my wife, she just turns up the volume on the television.
Harrell Signed by Packers: Hat-tip to jeffinhouston for the FanShot where QB Graham Harrell was signed by the Green Bay Packers. SBN and Green Bay Packer blog, Acme Packing Company,likes the signing as it is a low-risk move for Green Bay.
Who Is Don Dunn: I was searching for news articles this morning and ran across this article which mentioned that Auburn High School, AL, lost their defensive line coach, Don Dunn, to Texas Tech and Tommy Tuberville's coaching staff. Dunn's official title with Texas Tech is Director of High School Relations / Assistant Strength Coach (there's a link there to his profile on the main football page, but the link doesn't work). I didn't know who Dunn was or remember this hiring and did a little digging. Dunn was the defensive tackle and nose guard coach from 1999 to 2008 at Auburn (I think this covers the entire Tuberville reign at Auburn). Dunn followed Tuberville from Mississippi to Auburn. After Tuberville was let go at Auburn, Dunn was hired by Auburn High School to coach defensive tackles. I don't know if I'm looking to break any news here, but just dropping a little knowledge.
Bettis Suspension Upheld: LAJ's George Watson writes that the Big 12 has decided to uphold P Chad Bettis' 4-game suspension. Here's Watson and head coach Dan Spencer:
Tech received word from the Big 12 before departing for Lincoln, Neb. by bus and was told there was not enough irrefutable evidence that Bettis’ pitch that hit Glime was not intentional.
"But in the same breath there wasn’t enough evidence that it was intentional," head coach Dan Spencer said. "It’s disappointing and I feel terrible for Chad because he really wants to be a part of the next four games, but there’s not a lot we can do about it now. The Big 12 made their decision, (athletic director Gerald Myers) fought tooth and nail for us and I’m grateful for that. It’s just a bad deal. We have our work cut out for us and we have to show up at Nebraska ready to play."
Watson also dropped this bit a little later in the article:
Bettis’ absence, plus the recent departures of pitchers Louis Head and Colt Farrar, leave Spencer with nine healthy pitchers, which includes left-hander Jay Johnson, who was also ejected from the dugout and must serve a one-game suspension. Spencer said he plans to go with Ben Flora on Friday and move Johnson up one day to Saturday, and will use junior right-hander Bobby Doran in Bettis’ flex role. If the situation arises to need Doran out of the bullpen to close out a win he will be used. If not, he will start on Sunday.
So Head and Farrar are no longer on the team? Are these academic casualties or that they just didn't figure into the long-term plan? I'd love to know a little more about this and why I don't remember reading this prior to today. Nine healthy and available pitchers? If Texas Tech can pull off just one win I'll be incredibly impressed.