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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-11-14

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As usual, Monday is usually a quiet day and today we'll get the head coach Tommy Tuberville press conference.  That should be interesting. 


Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS on Vimeo (via Kottke)
This is your much needed moment of zen:

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

Everyone just needs to focus on the pretty pictures.


Gillispie picks up first win as Tech’s coach - The Daily Toreador: Sports and 10 observations from opening weekend - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
To catch everyone up on the sports that don't start with an "f", the men's and women's basketball teams won, while the volleyball team did lose.  You can read my post game thoughts on the men's game and as I attempt to distract you from football, the men play again on Wednesday night against North Texas.  In any event, the second link is from ESPN's Jason King (he previously wrote for Yahoo! Sports) and had this to say about Texas Tech:

I watched Billy Gillispie’s Texas Tech debut on ESPN3 Friday night. I must say, I was impressed with how cohesive and selfless the Red Raiders looked in a 90-85 victory over Troy. Remember, this team is almost completely made up of true freshmen and junior-college transfers. Yet they managed to keep their poise and hit big shots in the waning minutes of a tight game. Gillispie also had to be pleased with the announced crowd of 10,088. Even though the figured was reportedly inflated, the turnout was still encouraging.


Lady Raiders open season with win against Lobos - The Daily Toreador: Sports


Red Raiders fall to Kansas despite early match lead - The Daily Toreador: Sports


Williams: This slide stands the test of time | Red Raiders

You know it’s bad when you have to reach back 25 years — in my case, year one of covering Tech football — to answer.

The closest comparison to what’s going on now was the first half of the 1986 season when Tech got rolled by Miami (61-11), Baylor (45-14) and Texas A&M (45-8), with quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver getting booed by the home crowd in the Baylor game. The three blowout losses actually came during a four-week stretch interrupted by a 14-7 win over New Mexico.

I don’t remember specifically, but I imagine many at the time thought David McWilliams had no clue how to coach the Red Raiders, and some probably thought players he’d not been coaching long had quit on him.

Defense not really to blame for loss | Red Raiders

"We have to figure out the reason we weren’t good today and prove to these kids that these are the same plays and same players," offensive coordinator Neal Brown said after Saturday’s 66-6 drubbing. "I feel like we’ve got some deficiencies at some spots but we’ve got enough kids to make plays."

Big 12 Insider: Texas Tech must regain October swagger | College Sports | Sports News and Vid...
I don't get the title to this article.  "Must" implies there is a choice if Texas Tech will get it's groove back and I don't think that's going to happen.