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1.  Red Raiders Play Final Midweek Games at Michigan - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE and After break for finals, Red Raiders hit road to face Maize and Blue | Red Raiders
These are two important games that this team needs to win because (I think) that Michigan is a pretty bad team and the RPI hit that Texas Tech would take from losing both of these games would be no bueno.  Head coach Dan Spencer knows that this team controls their own destiny:

"We’re in a position to do the things we’d like to do and we don’t need any help," said Spencer, whose Red Raiders (28-20, 9-12 in Big 12) entered and exited the weekend in fifth place in the conference standings. "We just have to take care of our own business, and that’s a good place to be this time of year."

2.  Clubhouse And Team Facility Announced For The Rawls Course - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE and Texas Tech plans clubhouse, team facility at The Rawls Course | Red Raiders
The press release says that this project is already completely funded, so that's great news.  If you want to see what the clubhouse looks like, then check out Totally Texas Tech for some renderings of the new building.

3.  Big 12 post-spring power rankings | National Football Post
I hope no one takes post-spring power rankings personally.  Seemed like some of you weren't happy with ESPN's Ubben thinking that Texas Tech is the 6th best team in the Big 12-2.  I post these to discuss, but they are obviously just one person's opinions and up this morning is Dave Miller from the National Football Post, which has a ton of NFL coverage, thinks that Texas Tech is the 5th best team:

5. Texas Tech: Tommy Tuberville is putting his stamp on the Red Raiders in the post-Mike Leach era. Upon arrival in Lubbock, the former Auburn head coach stated that he wanted to run the ball more effectively while keeping the passing attack just as potent. The team has good backfield depth, especially after bringing in a great batch of backs in the latest recruiting class. Expect more sets with tight ends, but Tech has too many weapons to stray away from its aerial attack. Defensively, new coordinator Chad Glasgow hopes his unit plays faster than it did in 2010. The former secondary coach at TCU may need another recruiting class, however, to bring in more speed and better playmakers to Lubbock.

4.  New Season Football Ticket Sales Begin on Tuesday - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
I guess it's time to buy season tickets.  Sales begin today!

5.  1560 Media " Blog Archive " Baron Batch and Baron Batch Continues To Win Over New Fans In Steeler Nation - SB Nation Pittsburgh
One of my favorite guys, Baron Batch, was on 1560 The Game in Houston and he talked for almost half an hour about his charity work, being drafted, etc.  It's an excellent interview if you have the time.  The SBN Pittsburgh article was also outstanding and the love affair with Batch is spreading to Steeler fans.  Go check it out for a partial transcript of Batch's interview.

6.  Tech Recruiting Update | Recruitocosm
dedfisher takes a look at the current 2012 class as well as players who may receive an offer or have offers already.  I honestly can't keep up with the actual commits (expect the Erick Hallmon profile to be published later this morning).

7.  It’s not splashy, but Mark Turgeon’s a savvy hire for Maryland - The Dagger - NCAAB Blog - Yahoo! Sports and Five candidates to replace Mark Turgeon at Texas A&M | Texas A&M Aggies News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW
I always enjoy The Dagger's perspective on a coaching hire and you guys and gals are already discussing this.  DMN's Chuck Carlton lists Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie as a candidate, but he also writes that "according to reports" Gillispie has signed his contract.  For those of you who don't follow these things closely, Gillispie apparently did not sign a contract at Texas A&M and at Kentucky.  Carlton should check Texas Tech's press release when Gillispie was hired as it's pretty specific about signing a contract:

Billy Clyde Gillispie has signed a five-year contract to become the 14th head coach in school history and was introduced to the Red Raider faithful at a public news conference earlier this morning at the United Spirit Arena.

8.  Recruit Trevor Lacey through visiting | KUsports.com
Speaking of Texas Tech basketball, it appears that Gillispie may not be done recruiting just yet as Jamari Taylor (6-8/215) will be visiting Texas Tech.  I don't understand how Gillispie has any scholarships left.  Thankfully, that's for him to figure out.  Here's some YouTubery of Taylor and his Rivals and ESPN profiles.

9.  Red Raiders' linebacker outlook: more athletic linebackers in 2011 | College Sports Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News
Again, nothing really new here.  Cqulin Hubert and Daniel Cobb are your starters, while Blake Dees and Zach Winbush are your back-ups.  You can check out all the candidates in the DTN Roster Review from earlier in the year and the big names missing are Tyrone Sonier, who may not have a position, and Dion Chidozie, who still has time to make an impact.

10.  Spring Football: Texas - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site
The Texas Longhorns are up next in the Big 12-2 preview.

11.  Breaking Down the Big 12 Schedule: October - Turfburner
Jay Beck takes a look at the Big 12-2 schedule in October.  Of course, every Texas Tech game is a "can't miss" for Texas Tech fans, but it's good to get an overall look at the conference games.

12. Ohio State to Investigate Players' Car Deals - Along The Olentangy
I linked to the Columbus Dispatch article yesterday morning, but thought I'd like to the SBN blog for some additional thoughts.