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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-10-06

This is all you get from me today. Running out of steam and time this week.

Uni Watch " The Minutia of the SWC
Good stuff from Uniwatch, gets into those old "SWC Family Portrait" paintings.

SI Photo Blog
I like old photos and I like old sports photos.  Genius!

The Best GIFs Of September, Complete With Ominous Excerpts From Sci-Fi Novels That Do Not Exist -
Love this each month.

Conference Realignment: Why Is Missouri A Target For SEC Expansion? -
Good stuff from Bill Connelly.

Q&A with Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds | Tulsa World
Dodds is your overlord.  Remember, he's doing it for the kids (he's benevolent!), he told all of the other conference members (it's so easy!) they needed to get their own network and Dodds is great at creating bad analogies:

"They could vote on it. But they might not get it. You know? It's just never been a part of the deal. It'd be like us going to Oklahoma State and saying, 'Hey, you got $160 million from Boone (Pickens). I think we ought to have a share of that.' They'd say, 'Well, that's not fair.' There are just some things that are done differently. We're not gonna share Oklahoma State's money, and they're not gonna share our Tier 3 stuff."

OU's David Boren not wavering on Big 12, thinks Missouri '50-50' |
If Missouri leaves, and that may be a big if, OU AD Borne said that the expansion committee has identified their options and would act swiftly.  Here are the supposed replacement options:

Among the candidates whose names have been regularly floated (alphabetically): Brigham Young, Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, Southern Methodist, Texas Christian, West Virginia. also presented Tulane as an option in a report Wednesday. - UT makes concessions on LHN as part of granting rights
You mean that UT is allegedly finally ready to give in after the conference is in shambles? 

According to multiple sources, Texas, after talking to ESPN, has agreed not to air any content involving high school athletics, not even the news-style highlights that had been approved by the NCAA, sources told Wednesday night.

It's the latest attempt to reach peace in the Big 12 as part of an agreement in principle for schools to grant their Tier 1 and 2 TV rights to the conference for six years.

The "compromise" deal was struck Wednesday after Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas gave Texas a 24-hour deadline to consider the Tier 3 content concessions, which impact Texas the most because of its Longhorn Network, sources said.

The question is if this agreement will be enough to keep Missouri in the Big 12.

Hocutt: Big 12 can flourish again | Red Raiders and Red Raiders AD meets with area alumni
Lots of Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt quotes, here's a bit:

"We’ve got to get our house in order," he said. "We’re not to that point yet. Even with that said, there’s a tremendous number of schools that have expressed interest in the Big 12 Conference. Competitively we’re one of the strongest leagues in the country. Our viewership is strong and we’ve got great television partners."

The second link is where Hocutt was in Sherman last night, his hometown.

Red Raider Football Notebook: Moore limited in practice | Red Raiders and Football notebook: Injuries fading, more - The Daily Toreador: Sports
Notebooks! This is somewhat good news as WR Darrin Moore practices, but is limited, per head coach Tommy Tuberville : 

"Darrin Moore went a little bit today, but not a whole lot," Tuberville said. "I think we might have a chance to get something out of him Saturday.… He ran a few routes yesterday. He’s getting a lot better every day. Both knees are better. It’s just the ankle that’s sore."

Also, LB Blake Dees and LB Sam Eguavoen are back with the first team instead of LB Daniel Cobb and LB Cqulin Hubert, although Tuberville said that they'll all four play:

"That’s one of those situations we’re going to start rolling guys and get them in the game," Tuberville said. "You don’t get any better standing over there watching. Last week was a situation where we got off to a slow start and Blake was a little bit hurt, couldn’t play full speed. He’s ready to go now, so there’ll be a rotation there."

A&M senior comes home to West Texas trying to beat Tech again | Red Raiders
David Just on TAMU QB Ryan Tannehill and DC Chad Glasgow talks about Tannehill:

"I think he’s a great leader," Tech defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow said. "He gets them in the right place, and he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes with things. He can beat you with his feet or he can beat you throwing the football. And he’s got some great weapons out on the edges." - Mackey, Smith bring respect
Good (and free!) stuff on DE Leon Mackey and DE Scott Smith.  Here's Mackey:

"Someone like Scott, we're just counting on him to bring his mentality onto the field," Mackey said. "He's my roommate so I talk to him all the time. He's going to bring that physical thing that we need. We had that out of the guys that were out there, but now that Scott is out there he's a great addition to the defense and the d-line. We've got more depth, more leadership with Scott on the field.

Texas A&M notebook: Tannehill needs win at Tech in 'homecoming' - Houston Chronicle and Aggie coaches talk of youth movement | | Bryan/College Station, TX
Catch up with the Aggies!