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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2012-04-11

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March 3, 2012; Lubbock, TX,  USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders cheerleaders perform in the second half in the game against the Missouri Tigers at the United Spirit Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
March 3, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders cheerleaders perform in the second half in the game against the Missouri Tigers at the United Spirit Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

RED RAIDER BASKETBALL | You may not know this, but it's National Signing Day for basketball and per, SF Wannah Bail (DTN Profile), PG/SG Michael Carey (DTN Profile) and SF/PF Aaron Ross (DTN Profile) are all expected to sign letters of intent this morning. I believe that SG Dusty Hannahs, PG Daylen Robinson, PG Jamal Williams and PF Rodrigo Silva have already signed the letters of intent. If you want to read about all of these guys, you can see on the left sidebar the Texas Tech Basketball Recruiting 2012 or you can just click the link. You can also read about the roster crunch that is to occur by going to the Texas Tech Basketball 2011-2012 section. I'm sure that there will be news coming in on Twitter so make sure and check out the Twitter widget on the right sidebar.

You can consider this your open thread.

TEXAS TECH SOFTBALL | I missed this yesterday, but DT's Matt Villanueva has a preview of the softball team's series with Texas (I think it's just one game as they played two games earlier in the year) and then travel to Missouri for a series. Head coach Shanon Hays says the team needs to do the little things:

"When you play against the Big 12, you’re going to see the best," he said. "It’s not like you’re going to go and dominate those people with your bats — you gotta go and do the small things right. You gotta bunt well, you gotta hit and run, you gotta put the ball in play and put pressure on the defense to have a chance to win."

TEXAS TECH BASEBALL | LAJ's George Watson writes about how the team is working on the mental aspect of the game with six non-conference games coming up:

We’ve spent (time) since the (Kansas) series going back to basics and reminding guys that ... they have it good here, that Texas Tech has been a good place for you and as far as your personal careers," Spencer said. "What they’ve done in the past has allowed us to win on conference weekends in the past with arguably lesser talent, or younger talent.

"We’ve made the step up in discipline and structure, and I thought the guys did a good job as far as the weekend of buying into it and preparing for it. The competition (offensively) with men in scoring position, we didn’t necessarily see the fruits of that but I think the intensity and the ability and the willingness to lock in were better."

DT's Brett Winegarner writes about those six non-conference series, Dallas Baptist, Houston and New Mexico, and the team isn't taking these opponents lightly:

"We’ve always been taught that no matter who you’re playing, you need to show up and play the game the same way," he said. "So, absolutely, we’ll treat it as a conference series and just try to get things rolling."

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL |'s Joe Yeager looks at the state of the defensive line and writes that DC Art Kaufman will play five defensive linemen:

Mackey, who likely will play at 275 or 280 pounds, figures to start alongside Hyder. Mackey was not extremely quick or dynamic for a defensive end, but figures to be both of those things by the standards of a defensive tackle. If he’s the solid oak tree Kaufman believes him to be, Mackey could flourish on the inside.

At this point Delvon Simmons, Lee Adams, Dennell Wesley and Donte Phillips are the candidates for backup duty. Kaufman expects to play five interior linemen, which means one of this quartet will see little action. Redshirt freshman Phillips, because of his inexperience, is the least likely to play meaningful snaps.

I think the true freshmen will try to make their way into the rotation, but with Mackey moving to the defensive line, there's a little bit better depth, but with the emergence of DE Branden Jackson, the need for Mackey at defensive end wasn't as great.

LAJ's Don Williams writes about the offensive line and how RG Terry McDaniel will play somewhere next year, but that OC Neal Brown wanted to get RT LeRaven Clark as many snaps as possible during the spring. Here's OC Brown:

"At right guard, I think it’s still up in the air," Brown said. "Terry will be in the mix someplace. I don’t know if he’s going to be a for-sure guard. Le’Raven Clark and Waddle are what we want (at tackle). That’s the kind of body types we’re looking for.

"We wanted to give (Clark) every rep possible this spring and we did, and he needs every rep in fall camp, and he’s going to be in the mix. I don’t know if he’ll be ready from the get-go. A lot will tell over the next six months."