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1.  Land Arts of the American West, a Texas Tech Program - and Land Arts of the American West | Pretty darned fascinating article about a group of students that I had no idea existed.  The second link is the link to their website.  Pretty cool to get a NY Times about your program.

2.  Did the Pac-12 upstage the Big 12's TV deal? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN and New Leader of the Pac " FRANK THE TANK’S SLANT | Ubben and Frank the Tank talk quite a bit about the new Pac-12 deal and I think they are both worth your time if you haven't already read them.

3.  Future Texas Tech basketball player selected for all-star game | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal | Congrats to Toddrick for being selected for this game!

4.  Red Raiders' wide receivers/tight end outlook: Tech adds tight ends to mix | College Sports Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News | The DMN has the longest links in the business.  I think that this position and defensive line, are the toughest ones to try to predict where players will be moving forward.  Lots of potential newcomers that could make an impact for receivers and the defensive line.  Part of my thought is that we just don't know how TE Jace Amaro will be worked into the offense and how quickly he can adjust.  In watching the spring game, there wasn't just a ton of tight end personnel on the field and last year, the only tight end that saw any significant time was Chris Olson, mainly as a blocking tight end.  I'm also unsure how quickly that Marcus Kennard can make an impact, even though I do believe that this team needs a threat on the outside.  I'm hoping that he's that threat and if so, then I think this offense will be pretty good.

5.  ESPN won’t mess with Texas’ right to fire ESPN employees from Longhorn Network - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports and The Longhorn TV Network: What Kind Of Commentary Do We Want? - Burnt Orange Nation and Homerism Clause In Longhorn ESPN Contract? | Barking Carnival | Woot! Homerism!

6.  Tech confident tier-one status still attainable | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal | From my brief reading of this article, it appears that any university seeking Tier 1 status must have this HB 1000 pass in this legislative session. 

7.  Letter From Dept of Justice to NCAA on BCS and Department Of Justice Sends Letter To NCAA Regarding Why BCS And Not A Playoff System - Mountain West Connection and Justice Department is asking more questions about the BCS, but who has the answers? - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports | I cannot fathom how the BCS is so danged powerful that it takes an inquiry from the Department of Justice.

8.  KENTUCKY DERBY 2011: An Interview with Gary Stevens - And Down The Stretch They Come | For you Kentucky Derby fans.

9.  Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog | I had no idea that the term "blueshirt" was even a term and would have berated you had you used that term.

10.  Spring Football: Kansas - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site | The Big 12 looks at the Jayhawks.

11.  Woody's Mailbag: Outlandish rumors about how the Broncos are going to fill defensive gaps - The Denver Post | I know that Woody is on some ESPN show and I know he's been in the Denver area forever, but he throw out DT Colby Whitlock as a possible rookie free agent once the lockout is lifted.