Players report today and players practice on Saturday, which means that you can expect posts over the weekend. I've taken the weekends off leading up until this weekend, but "we're talkin' bout practice".
TEXAS TECH HALL OF FAME
# Texas Tech Hall of Fame Inductees Announced - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
# Six named to Texas Tech Hall of Fame | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
# Area basketball standout Richard Little inducted into Texas Tech Hall of Fame " Abilene Reporter-News
Congrats to the 2011 Texas Tech Hall of Fame class: Sandy Butler (softball), Richard Little (men's basketball), Shane Wright (baseball), Larry Gilbert (football), Brad Hastings (football) and Jim Sides (football)!#
TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL
Meet The Two-Deep: Cornelius Douglas - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site (watch via YouTube)
"If you don't grind, you don't shine."
Red Raiders report for camp today | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Head coach Tommy Tuberville talks a bit about players reporting today. Here's Tuberville on the the possibility of newcomers playing this year:
"They’re going to have to play for us, because we just don’t have any depth at pretty much every position," Tuberville said. "I’d say out of 24, 25 guys we signed you’re looking at 15 that have a chance (to play this season), maybe more than that. I’ve just got to be able to see all of them and see how far we’ve come and how far along we’ve gotten."
# Behind the Scenes of Summer Workouts - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
# Red Raider Football Blog
I mentioned this last week, that I thought that the sports information department at Texas Tech was going to start writing their own media pieces, which is fine. The first link is an article about the athletic trainers and the second link is the official site's Tumblr football blog. This is all fine and none of it bothers me at all, just as long as you have your expectations properly set, i.e. that the information is going to be one-sided. Lots of professional sports teams have their own writers (the Dallas Cowboys have employed Mickey Spagnola for years) report on the team so this isn't some sort of revelation, just something to watch.
Scout.com: Texas Tech: Ranking The Units
Yeager ranks the Texas Tech units in terms of experience and talent (I think). If it were me, I'd have the secondary higher, but overall, I think this is about right.
Yards to Glory: Crabtree KOs the Longhorns - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Well, yes, this still gives me chills.
Texas Tech Seeking Input For New Gameday Tradition - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
I believe that this is already posted as a FanShot, but feel free to vote for a song and stuff.
BIG 12 AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Malcolm Williams, Three Others to Miss Texas Football Season - Burnt Orange Nation
Given the overall lack of depth and experience at the receiver position, the loss of Williams could have an impact on the offensive success of UT.
College Football Rankings 2011: Oklahoma Leads Top 25, SEC Looks Deep - SBNation.com
SB Nation's story-stream with all sorts of top 25 talk.
TEXAS TECH MEN'S BASKETBALL
# Men's Basketball Schedule Announced - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site
# Big 12 Conference Basketball Schedule Released Today - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
The schedules are out! Everyone plays everyone! Twice! Yesterday, TTU also released that Texas Tech will play the Sycamores of Indiana St. (alma mater of a guy named Larry Bird) in the Old Spice Classic. I know, it's tough talking about basketball when football practice is about to start.
TEXAS TECH TRACK & FIELD
One male track and field athlete and a handful of female track and field athletes were named all-academic honorees. Here's the link to the male and the link to the females. Congrats!