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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2012-04-19

ODDS AND ENDS | According to Forbes, if you think you are eating Kobe Beef then you are being lied to. The U.S. hasn't permitted the import of Kobe Beef since 2010.

Texas Tech and Kansas St. are currently vying for the services of PG Josh Gray, a talented point guard from the Houston area. This was a bit of a story earlier in the week when we learned that Gray is taking a visit to Texas Tech this weekend. I then ran across Gray's Twitter and I guess I never really realized the number of fans that tweet to players. Don't do this. If you have donated money to a school (i.e. a donor), you should not be tweeting potential athletes. Plus, it's just creepy.

TEXAS TECH SOFTBALL | Woot! Sandy James hit a grand slam in the 6th inning to give Texas Tech the lead and hung on for an 8-6 win (official site). Yesterday's game was the last game that Texas Tech and Texas A&M would play in a team sport on Texas Tech's campus. LAJ's Nick Kosmider and DT's Brett Winegarner recap the game.

TEXAS TECH BASEBALL | Texas Tech attempt to rally late in the game, but it wasn't enough, losing 4-6 to New Mexico and being swept in this two game series (official site). LAJ's George Watson and DT's Brett Winegarner recap the game. Oklahoma St. is up next.

LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL | Tennessee coach Pat Summitt retired yesterday and Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry gives her thoughts to LAJ's Zach Long (video only) and media relations guru Blayne Beal talked with The Williams and Hyatt Show's Ryan Hyatt about Summit.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL | ESPN's David Ubben has a bit on the Big 12 recruiting now that the ESPN top 150 has been released. Also from ESPN, they released three videos (one, two and three) that discuss the process of how they rank players nationally. Very interesting from MGoBlog is that of the three services, Rivals and Scout do pretty well, but ESPN is generally last among the three.

I mentioned this yesterday in my look at the offered quarterbacks and Wichita Falls Rider QB J.T. Barrett committed to Ohio St. yesterday, which leaves one less option for Texas Tech.

The big story yesterday was that former players allege that maybe 40% to 60% of the current players for Oregon use marijuana. That part isn't surprising and as we have discussed with Texas Tech recently, each school has their own policy in regards to drug and alcohol abuse. There is no standard, but the NCAA does require that you adhere to whatever policy each school decides upon. National Football Post's Dave Miller has a good take on this issue, which isn't that players are using marijuana (Miller claims that 20% or so of all players use marijuana), but Bowen thinks that this helps Oregon in recruiting because players know about the lax policy. Interesting.