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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-10-28

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I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT I'M HAVING TO DO THIS
In light of yesterday's comments that I had to ask, pretty-please, to refrain from discussions about religion and name-calling, I'm going to try to make it as clear as possible:  1) Do not call people names in any form or fashion; 2) Do not discuss religion or politics; and 3) Do not tell DTN members to leave DTN because you disagree with a comment.  If you can't abide by these relatively simple rules then I'll be giving you a time-out, for a period of time to last at my choosing.  You would think that by this time we would have figured this out by now and I try to let people say what they want, but it won't be tolerated any more.  And this goes for everyone, no matter how long you've been around DTN, I don't care about seniority or anything else, especially item #3.  I don't need anyone telling anyone else that their comments aren't wanted.  That's my job.  As to the other two, these are the two easiest rules to follow.  I do not want religion or politics discussed on DTN.  Find some other place to go to discuss that or have an email conversation about it, but I don't want these topics discussed here.

BIG 12 BASKETBALL
Texas A&M Coach Billy Kennedy Diagnosed with Early Stages of Parkinson's Disease - Big 12 Hoops
Send some good vibes towards Coach Kennedy.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SB Nation 2011-2012 College Basketball Preseason All-American Teams - SBNation.com
Just a little college basketball stuff.

TEXAS TECH BASEBALL
Reports of Tadlock's hiring still not confirmed | Red Raiders
Apparently, it's not a done deal, hiring OU recruiting coordinator, Tim Tadlock (also a former Red Raider), here's head coach Dan Spencer:

When asked about the hire, Spencer said, "I can’t (confirm it) yet. We’re in a position where we’re trying to dot the Is and cross the Ts, so I can’t yet. I’ll feel more comfortable when the powers that be tell me we’re good there."

Football links are after the jump.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL
Tech's Neboh, Fisher to miss Iowa State game | Red Raiders
I hate that CB Eugene Neboh may miss the game and missing WR Aaron Fisher could hurt on special teams, but as stated earlier in the week, CB Derrick Mays, DT Donald Langley and LB Blake Dees are all expected to play on Saturday.

Backfield tandem blooms in victory at OU | Red Raiders
Nice article about how RB DeAndre Washington and RB Aaron Crawford are filling in for injured RB Eric Stephens (out for the year).  Here's Washington on playing against Oklahoma:

"Oklahoma’s defense, they’re very fast and sometimes it hurts them in a way because they move too fast," said Washington, a 5-foot-8, 191-pound Sugar Land Marshall graduate. "They kind of overrun the ball, so that made cutback lanes wide open. I used that to my advantage."

And Crawford talks about adjusting for each game:

Crawford said, "Every game, it’s a game of adjustments. We saw something in their defense where we had to run that specific play and we went with it. We practice a lot of things for situations, just in case. The draw play happened to be one of them in that game."

Tech looks to avenge its loss at Iowa State in 2010 - The Daily Toreador: Sports
Yep.  QB Seth Doege talks about remembering what happened last year:

"It was weird because we got down so bad early, and then we fought back," Doege said. "It felt like we were coming back and about to win the game, and then things go sour. We still have that taste in the back of our mouths, so it’s just one of those things. We’re motivated because we know exactly what they can do to us if we’re not really there to play."

Week 9 picks: USCs will be on both sides of surprises - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com and Rivals.com College Football - Week 9 preview in the Big 12
When a team is in the top 25 you get more publicity and this week is no different, Feldman picks the Red Raiders this week and the Buchanan article previews this week in the Big 12.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL RECRUITING
Occasionally I'll run across articles about football commits and here's a couple.  If anyone runs across additional articles, please feel free to post in the comments.

Abilene High, Cooper meet up once again with 3-5A football title on the line " Abilene Reporter-News
This is on QB Clayton Nicholas:

Cooper has bounced back from an 0-2 start to win six consecutive games. Despite returning only two starters on offense from last year's record-breaking offense, the Coogs haven't lost a beat on offense. Much of that success can be traced to quarterback Clayton Nicholas, a two-year starter who became the Coogs' all-time leader in passing yards (4,914) and touchdown passes (49) during last week's 42-14 victory over Odessa High. Nicholas, who has committed to Texas Tech, has thrown for 1,911 yards and 19 touchdowns this season, along with nine interceptions.

Wylie-Snyder football game preview " Abilene Reporter-News
And ATH Keenan Ward:

You can't talk about the Tigers without mentioning do-it-all quarterback Keenon Ward. Committed to Texas Tech as an athlete, Ward has been one of the state's most explosive players this year, rushing for more than 1,200 yards, passing for more than 600 and accounting for 27 total touchdowns. Behind him, Snyder has averaged nearly 35 points per contest.