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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-10-03

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
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CFBStats is holding their annual Pledge Drive and if you didn't know, CFBStats is invaluable and they're awesome.  If you have a few bucks to spare, then this would be a good place to start.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL
A&M rivalry came to head with horse kidnapping | Red Raiders
This was pretty darned insightful and interesting, from when "allegedly" fans of TAMU stole Tech Beauty in 1963. The photos is pretty awesome as well because the Masked Rider is in all red rather than black.

Red Raider notebook: Injury, two-deep update | Red Raiders
Really, this is just an injury update, WR Darrin Moore is a game-time decision, while RT Mickey Okafor and LB Pete Robertson are both probable, while LB Tanner Foster is questionable.  DE Scott Smith comes off of his one-year suspension so that's great from my perspective as I won't have to read "free scotty" after this week.  Or at least that's my hope. 

Mixed signals: Red Raiders say slow starts can't continue | Red Raiders | Stephens, run game flourishing | Red Raiders
Two articles, one on Texas Tech's slow starts.  FS D.J. Johnson describes:

"It’s just a matter of getting enthusiastic," free safety D.J. Johnson said, "of having enthusiasm, getting pumped up with each other, offensively and defensively. We came out sluggish. We were excited, but we didn’t show the excitement. It was just a matter of getting that going."

And in the other article, OC Neal Brown talked about how RB Eric Stephens is improving finding his lanes and making reads:

"I think he did a better job today of trusting his run reads," Brown said on the sunny afternoon when the Red Raiders moved to 4-0. "You saw a lot more plays hit front side today on the zone and the inside zone, where last week, even though he had a good production day, he was cutting some of those runs inside when there were more yards to be had outside."

Texas A&M turns focus to Tech - San Antonio Express-News
Catch up with the Aggies!

CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT
History of conference realignment drama comes down to growing TV money ... and not being left out | Red Raiders
LAJ's McGowan has a well-researched article about the history of conference expansion.  It's pretty darned good.