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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-07-13

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I'm incredibly behind this morning.  I had a half-day mediation yesterday and was spent after work yesterday.   

An exclusive excerpt from Mike Leach's book, Swing Your Sword - The Bonus - | Mike Leach Still Wants To Cut Adam James, Still Can't Stand ESPN - From Our Editors - | Leach excerpt: I was fired over contract, lawsuit - | Mike Leach memoir: ‘My biggest regret was not cutting Adam James’ - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Take your pick.  You can go to any of these links and find the excerpt from Mike Leach's new book, Swing Your Sword, but the link doesn't have any commentary, just part of the book.  The funny thing is that none of this is new information.  This has all been in the depositions for over a year (I think it's been a year since the depositions).  This stuff has been there and is of public record, but I'm guessing that a lot of folks, including the mainstream media, just hasn't paid attention.  You can go back to the archives from 2009 and 2010 to read everything that was written on DTN. 

Texas Tech continues their series, and up today is LB Sam Fehoko.  I just hope he plays linebacker and not defensive end.

Edwards Named to Lombardi Watch List - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Congrats to LG Lonnie Edwards for being named to yet another "watch list", the first being the Outland Trophy watch list!

This is pretty interesting and very 2.0 of Texas Tech.  Starting today through August 3rd, you can vote as to which home game will be the "blackout" game for Texas Tech.  I really like this idea and thought it was a good way to involve the fans.  Of course it's also a good way to get that social media thing working for Texas Tech, which I think is important.  Anyway, go to Texas Tech Athletics' Facebook page to vote.

Yahoo Sports: Ranking - Texas Preseason Top 100 2012
I really can't remember the last time that Texas Tech had 12 players in the Texas Top 100.  I didn't have time to go check the other years, but 12 seems like a lot of players.  Here they are:

#9 WR Dominique Wheeler
#21 DL Michael Starts
#27 WR Reginald Davis
#36 QB Clayton Nicholas
#38 OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai
#43 CB La'Darius Newbold
#49 OL Trey Keenan
#77 OL Christian Okafor
#83 LB Ryan Flannigan
#95 DL Anthony Smith
#98 WR Marcus Johnson
#100 OL Jared Kaster

One curious thing, Clayton Nicholas is the #36 player in Texas, yet he's only a 2-star player according to Scout.  I'm assuming that they just haven't seen Nicholas play because he lives in the hinterlands (Abilene), but just based off of Nicholas' stats alone, you think he'd be more highly rated.

One Foot Down - For Notre Dame Fighting Irish Fans
SB Nation has a new Notre Dame blog, go check it out.

Breaking It Down: Big 12 Receiver/Tight End Rankings - Crimson And Cream Machine
CACM thinks the Red Raiders have the #6 best receivers and tight ends this year.  I think this is accurate right now, although I'm not as big a fan of the Baylor receivers (despite the fact they burned the Texas Tech secondary last year), although I do really like Kendall Wright.  By the end of the season, I think with the addition of WR Marcus Kennard, TE Jace Amaro and WR Darrin Moore getting more time is going to make this unit much better.

Poll: How will the Red Raiders fare in 2011? Let your voice be heard | Texas Tech Red Raiders News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW
The DMN wants you to vote on how Texas Tech will do this season, but they want to charge you a subscription to read what they write about them!  OMG!  Please, don't waste your time and vote. 

Day One Notebook: Tony Woods ready to end process -
Tony Woods is a very talented basketball player, but he was involved in an domestic incident while at Wake Forest, was supposedly going to transfer to Louisville now Texas Tech is on list short-list:

Parker said Kentucky, Texas, Cincinnati, Auburn, Texas Tech, Oregon and Xavier are the main schools in the mix, although other colleges have reached out.

I don't know how I feel about this and I don't recall off the top of my head what that domestic incident entailed.

12 for 12: Big 12's world beaters - San Antonio Express-News
Interesting, and very nice that Texas Tech's long-distance runner, Sally Kipyego, was noted as one of the best in the Big 12 for her accomplishments in track:

Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech: Nine-time national champion in cross country and track, tying Wisconsin's Suzy Favor-Hamilton for the NCAA record, but doing it in 2½ years compared to the four it took Favor-Hamilton.

Red Raiders in the Major Leagues: Week 4 Update - TEXAS TECH OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Catch up on every Red Raider in the majors and minors.

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