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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-09-13

I'm taking my father-in-law to the airport tomorrow morning and have to leave the house (actually, it's my parents' house) at 3:00 a.m. so there won't be any links tomorrow morning, but there will be some content up in the morning.  Apologies to all that depend on your morning links with coffee.

Tech's offensive line needs improvement | Red Raiders
Head coach Tommy Tuberville said yesterday that the offensive line needs to play better:

"I think a lot of it had to do with just the continuity of our offensive line," Tuberville said Monday during the team’s weekly press conference. "It wasn’t what it was last year. They’ve got to learn to play well together."

Red Raiders football notebook: Mackey update | Red Raiders
Lots of notebooky things, including DE Leon Mackey not traveling with the team this week, but will have his lung re-tested:

"He’s being scanned today to check on the health of the lung," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "It didn’t all the way collapse. I think it was 10 or 15 percent where he lost oxygen in that lung, but it takes a while to recoup."

Freshmen headline Tech depth chart changes - The Daily Toreador: Sports
Expect the depth chart to have a lot of flavor to it:

"This year’s going to be a Baskin-Robbins type of year in terms of depth charts," Tuberville said during Monday’s media luncheon. "It will change each week and there will be different varieties, so we’re just looking for the right combination."

Twitter / @RyanHyattWHShow | Berry Tramel-FREE Podcast-OU FB, Big 12 Realignment Issues | Williams and Hyatt On Demand
Hyatt seems confident that Texas Tech will get an invite to the Pac-16:

It's worth repeating. The #Pac12 will have 16 teams and they'll have a presence in Texas with or without the Horns. #TexasTech

Also, make sure and listen to the podcast and NewsOK's Berry Tramel opine and he makes it sound like the Sooners are as good as gone.  Tramel also indicates that he thinks that the Pac-12 will take OU and OSU, but won't take Texas Tech, which he feels like will put additional pressure on Texas to make a decision.

Yesterday, AAS's Kirk Bohls tweeted about how there was a contingent from UT that traveled to Norman over the weekend.  He was first to report this and there was no doubt about it.  By the end of the day, almost every other website had "confirmed" this initial report from Bohls, everyone was reporting it as their own without giving credit to the original report from Bohls.  I hate that type of reporting with a passion and have never understood why news organizations don't want to give credit to someone breaking news.

Consider costs of ending Big 12 - Ken Starr - Houston Chronicle
President Ken Starr writes an editorial to plea that the Big 12 not break up.  Talk to the Longhorns first about if they think the LHN had anything to do with it, and when they say, "LHN?  It wasn't the LHN, it was totally the Aggies that did this," then Starr will have it's answer.  It's time to move on.

Commisioner Slive Talks Conference Alignment > SEC > NEWS | Sprints Analyzes Mike Slive's Comments on Realignment // 09.13.11 - Team Speed Kills
I wanted to put these two links together.  Make sure and check out TSK for their analysis on SEC commissioner Mike Slive, but here's the good stuff as it's no longer an "if", but a "when":

"When Texas A&M joins our conference, we don't have immediate plans for a 14th member.  We aren’t thinking in terms of numbers.  We think about the strength of the SEC and the attractiveness of Texas A&M as an institution."

Has Texas Overplayed Its Hand? - Burnt Orange Nation
BON's Hopkins Horn asks if the Texas Longhorns have over-played their hand.

David Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
Congrats to Breeann (!!!!) who had a great weekend for the Lady Raider volleyball team:

David notched 28 kills over three matches last week as the Red Raiders finished 4-0, extending their winning streak to nine-straight, the school's longest run since the start of the 1997 season. She hit .254 over that span on 59 attempts while also adding nine digs.

The Rawls Course Honored Once Again By Golfweek Magazine - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site