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1.  Altobelli, von Schamann Lead Tech in Series Win Over No. 22 OSU - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE and Texas Tech Earns No. 7 Seed at Big 12 Championships - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE and Texas Tech closes regular baseball season with win against Oklahoma State | Red Raiders
Woot!  A series win and now the baseball team finishes their regular season at 33-23 (12-15), which is enough to earn themselves a spot in the Big 12 Championships at Oklahoma City starting on Wednesday.  I think this is enough to earn an NCAA Tournament spot which is just outstanding.  It's been mentioned a handful of times, but head coach Dan Spencer lost his DH, Scott LeJeune, early in the year for personal reasons, lost his Friday night starter, Daniel Coloumbe, with Tommy John surgery and recently lost super sophomore 2B/OF Jamodrick McGruder with a broken hand.  The bulk of the Big 12 was built on the backs of three freshmen who were starting these conference games:  Duke von Shamann, Trey Masek and David Paiz. 

2.  Texas Tech at Big 12 Championship Preview - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
A preview of Texas Tech at the Big 12 Championship and it appears that the Red Raiders will face TAMU for the first game on Wednesday.

3.  Red Raiders Close Season with 10-2 Loss to Arizona - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE and Arizona exploits pitching disparity to finish off Tech | Red Raiders
Dang.  After losing badly on Friday night, the team fought back on Saturday to beat Harvard and New Mexico St. only to lose to Arizona on Sunday.  The official site story notes that this team doesn't lose any players due to graduation and that this is the second most wins in the program's history.  Here's head coach Shannon Hays:

"I couldn't be prouder of the effort from our group not only today but the entire season," head coach Shanon Hays said. "I thought we battled with one of the best teams in the country, and although the score may not indicate it, we were in the game throughout. This is a great group of kids, and we are excited to have them at Texas Tech."

4.  Memories of the Law | Red Raiders
I wanted to highlight LAJ's George Watson and his article about memories at Dan Law Field, prior to the renovations, which are scheduled to start almost immediately.  If you want to check out what Dan Law will look like, here's the official site renderings.

5.  Tech close to hiring Villanova assistant Chris Walker | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
I don't know why there was such a delay, but apparently it's going to be official as soon as today.  This may have been one of those situations where he needed to have his position terminated at Villanova so that he could essentially be a free agent coach without a job and could contact recruits without restrictions.  Keep in mind that on Friday, Daouda Soumaoro (6-10/220) committed to Texas Tech and Soumaoro is from New Your City!  Here's Walker's Villanova bio just in case anyone wants to refresh their memory. 

6.  BallinEurope, the European Basketball news site " Blog Archive " List of 2010-11 European champions: Nearing the finish edition
Stuck near the bottom of this article, it appears that former Red Raider, Charlie Burgess, was awarded the MVP of his Danish league.  Congrats!

7.  Chat wrap: Free-agent options for Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
For those of you who like to follow former Texas Tech receivers there are two notes here, one on Michael Crabtree and another on Danny Amendola.  The Crabtree note says that he appeared to be less engaged after his rookie year while the Amendola note says that he might catch 100 passes this year as St. Louis has the Josh McDaniels as the offensive coordinator, the same guy who was the OC while at New England and made Wes Welker famous, who then wasn't so great as a head coach at Denver.

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