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

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ODDS AND ENDS | My mother-in-law took the photo to the right while delivering mail yesterday. Rain, sleet, snow . . . or tornado. My mother-in-law is fine and I hope that everyone is okay after yesterday's storms that rolled through the DFW area.

I'll be out of pocket from my grandma's funeral for the rest of today and tomorrow. There is a recruiting profile, I think on CB Will Barrow, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

TEXAS TECH SOFTBALL | Congrats to Adriana Perez who was named the Big 12 Co-Player of the Week. Congrats!

TEXAS TECH BASEBALL | Texas Tech manhandled Angelo St. yesterday, 13-8 (official site). Jerad McCrummen didn't start, but he did settle down after the first two pitchers gave up 5 runs in the first 2.1 innings, and McCrummen went 3.2 innings without a hit. It was also nice to see Daniel Coulumbe pitch an inning, sure could use his arm. The offense was clicking again, but the offense has clicked against lesser teams. C Mason Randolph had 2 hits, 3 RBI including a home run. One other note, C Bo Altobelli was not catching yesterday. He was playing third base, which is the first time I can remember Altobelli playing a position other than catcher and I'm sure that Spencer is trying whatever it takes to get a bit more offense on the field.

LAJ's George Watson and DT's Brett Winegarner recap the game while Watson also has a sneak peek of the Longhorns who will be in Lubbock for the weekend series.

TEXAS TECH BASKETBALL | I ran across this blurb from CBS Sports about a former commit of Purdue, Trency Jackson, who is apparently now on the open market:

G Trency Jackson, a juco prospect from Northwest Florida State College, is no longer in the Boilermakers' picture. Jackson, who averaged 10.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.3 spg, tweeted, "Pitt, Texas Tech or Cincinnati" this weekend. Purdue backed out on Jackson due to academic issues, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier.

If you want to know more about Jackson, then there is a "Who is Trency Jackson" piece done in late March as well as a profile on Jackson from RantSports. I don't know if Texas Tech is really in the running for Jackson, but the key is that head coach Billy Gillispie is not done recruiting, and when we thought that there may be X number of players returning, well, that X should be a fluid number because we just don't know.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL | The Williams and Hyatt Show's Ryan Hyatt has released the ultimate Texas Tech Two-Deep and I wish I was a fan longer of Texas Tech to know a majority of those players. Go check it out.

ESPN's Ubbenator gives his picks to be the top newcomers next year in the Big 12 and LB Will Smith gets a mention:

Will Smith, LB, Texas Tech: The Red Raiders only found Smith while recruiting another possible impact transfer, running back SaDale Foster. The California juco transfer stepped on campus this winter and by the end of spring, coach Tommy Tuberville called him the team's best linebacker. He started playing outside, but Tuberville moved the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder to starting middle linebacker in the middle of camp so he'd be on the field even during passing downs. He'll be important to Tech's new 4-3 scheme. Think K-State's Arthur Brown, a Miami transfer who's almost the exact same size.