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1.  No. 22 Men's Tennis Earns Fifth-Straight NCAA Championship Berth - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE | Congrats to the men's tennis team for making the NCAA Tournament!  The Red Raiders play the hated Rice Owls on Friday in Waco:

The No. 22 Texas Tech men's tennis team earned its fifth-straight berth into the NCAA Championship today, which was announced this afternoon on Tech is the No. 2 seed in the Waco, Texas region and plays 43rd-ranked and No. 3 seed Rice on Fri., May 13, at the Baylor Tennis Center in first round action.

2.  Record-breaking run propels OHS's Marquez to state | marquez, propels, breaking - Track and field - Odessa American Online | Texas Tech commit RB Bradley Marquez didn't qualify in the 100m, running only a 10.68, but Marquez did qualify for state in the long jump by jumping 23' 11.25", which broke the Odessa High School record by 0.25". Congrats to Bradley!

3.  Floren, Smith Named To All-Big 12 Men's Golf Team - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE | Congrats to Nils Floren and Matt Smith for being named for the All-Big 12 Men's Golf Team!  There were only 10 spots available, so good for Nils and Matt for making the team.

4.  Texas Tech Falls to Dallas Baptist in Final Home Midweek Game - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE and Texas Tech falls to Dallas Baptist in baseball | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal | Sad face.  Here's what head coach Dan Spencer had to say after the game:

"There was a non-chalantness about things, a passivity that was uncharacteristic," Tech coach Dan Spencer said. "It was just a bad effort and I’m just sorry that people bought a ticket and had to watch it."


5.  5 Things to Know About Scott Pelley - The Hollywood Reporter | I never thought I'd link to the Hollywood Reporter, but what the heck.  Congrats to Scott for being named the CBS Evening News nightly anchor! (Lots of congratulations in this morning's links.)

6.  Behind the mask: Tech's new masked rider takes the reins | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal | Learn a little bit about the new Masked Rider, Bradley Skinner:

"I’m told it doesn’t really sink in until you do that first football game," Skinner smiles. "After that run, you realize you’re the reason everyone in that stadium has goose bumps when you run down the field."

7.  The New Pac-12 TV Deal And Its Impact - Clone Chronicles | I always enjoy CrossCyed's thoughts about the television deal and he seems to think that with the Big 12's 1st Tier rights to be up for negotiation in a few years, the Pac-12 deal bodes well for the Big 12-2.

8.  Red Raiders' running back outlook: Expect stronger Tech backfield | College Sports Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News |  DMN's Mike Graham takes a look at the running back position, I don't think there is anything there that you don't know.  Eric Stephens is supposed to be the lead runner, but expect to see Ronnie Daniels, Aaron Crawford and Ben McRoy.  Also, don't forget about the aforementioned Bradley Marquez, DeAndre Washington and Kenny Williams. 

9.  Dave Duerson's secret life and tragic end - Page 1 - News - Miami - Miami New Times | Duerson is the NFL football player that committed suicide.  An incredible article about Duerson as a person and his suicide.  Duerson is the NFL player who left the suicide note, "Please, see that my brain is given to the NFL's brain bank."

10. Texas Tech's Porter Poised To Make Waves | Good stuff by's Joe Yeager.  You usually get a bit of a history lesson when reading Yeager and this time is no different as he compares Tre' Porter to former Red Raider, Lemuel Stinson, who played professionally for the Chicago Bears and Mike Ditka.

11.  Spring Football: Iowa State - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site | Today, the Big 12 focuses on the Cyclones.