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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-12-02

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Like last weekend, I'm going to be out of town this weekend. I will be able to check in and see what's going on, but other that the huge game with the Lady Raiders and Penn St. on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm, it should be a quiet weekend in Lubbock.

RED RAIDER BASKETBALL

Texas Tech Red Raiders 61, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 54 and Raiders' win marks a big step forward | Red Raiders and Islanders stand up to Texas Tech but fall 61-54 " Corpus Christi Caller-Times
I didn't get to watch the game last night so I won't have any sort of post game thoughts. From what I can tell, it was a close game throughout, Texas Tech hit their free throws in the end, the big men, Robert Lewandowski and Jordan Tolbert fouled out, and Jaye Crockett was the only Texas Tech player to score in double-figures (12). Per the LAJ article, head coach Billy Gillispie said the team played better:

"We handled the ball much better," Gillispie said. "We still made some crazy, unthinkable plays at the end, but those are things that we can continue to learn from."

The next game will be on Tuesday against TCU, game starts at 6:00 p.m.

LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL

Tech set for showdown with No. 16 Penn State - The Daily Toreador: Sports and Tech makes quick work of Texas State - The Daily Toreador: Sports and Nobles makes big difference for Tech women against Texas State | Red Raiders
Just trying to catch everyone up. On Tuesday night, the Lady Raiders easily dispatched Texas St. and on Saturday night afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in Lubbock, they will take on No. 16 Penn St. This should be a fantastic match-up and if you're in Lubbock and need something to do on Saturday night, this seems like a terrific option.

Football stuff is all after the jump.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Tech coordinator Brown interviews for coach spot | Red Raiders
You all have already posted this, but I figure I'd add my two cents. Head coach Tommy Tuberville, I think, supports offensive coordinator Neal Brown and the interview process:

"I think they’re making a move to Division I," Tuberville said. "They’re looking for probably a coach that somewhat fits what Neal does and how he does it. He’s going to be a good head coach someday."

I always support coordinators or assistant coaches taking interviews and really, in life, if you have a chance to interview for a job, you should always interview. Someday you may need that practice and those opportunities don't happen all of the time.

Anyway, I'm not sure what to think of the move. If I'm a coordinator, I'm never sure when to take a head coaching position (i.e. it can be incredibly tough to turn around some programs, like Memphis, I don't remember them every having a good football team, so I wouldn't ever want to be the head coach there). UMass has had a good football program, but moving to Division I is probably a tough move for a young coordinator who has never been a head coach.

And if you are pining for Kliff Kingsbury or someone else to be his replacement, I think that Kingsbury probably sticks with Sumlin wherever Sumlin eventually ends up and I'd guess that Kingsbury will stick with Sumlin. I think that if Brown was to leave, Tuberville might look internally, maybe his Sonny Cumbie or Tommy Mainord.

Tech with a do-over: Missing the sword - San Antonio Express-News and Former Leach players say coach will turn Cougars around quickly | Red Raiders
You should read the first link and would guess that some DTN readers have become a fan of SAEN's Buck Harvey.

Texas A&M to begin search for new football coach - Texas A&M Official Athletic Site - AggieAthletics.com and Mike Sherman Fired By Texas A&M Head Coach; Kevin Sumlin On List Of Candidates - SBNation.com
So the Aggies will pay Sherman $8 million to go away and will apparently have no problem paying the Big 12 exit fees. That's a lot of chedda. Twitter seems to think that Houston's Kevin Sumlin, Boise St.'s Chris Petersen, Louisville's Charlie Strong, Alabama DC Kirby Smart are all candidates. I'm guessing that TAMU wouldn't have fired Sherman without knowing having some candidates in mind. Since the Aggies and their football program are no longer future opponents, I don't know that I care all too much, but would really appreciate it if Tuberville & Co. could poach some of the players that are currently committed to TAMU.