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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2012-05-11

This Week on DTN
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CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT | The big news from yesterday, per ESPN's Andy Katz, was that there is a report that Louisville has informed the Big East they want out of the conference. Yesterday,'s Kirk Bohl's tweeted that Texas Tech officials haven't heard anything about Florida St. or Clemson were even being considered as possibilities. Remember that the first rule of conference realignment is that a conference never wants to appear to be poaching. Deny. Deny. Deny. The second thing is that is Louisville's announcement a case where at this point they want to make it clear they want to go and don't want to be behind Florida St. and Clemson? Who do you add in addition to Louisville?

GOLF | The Lady Raiders are currently 10th in the NCAA West Regional after one round of play.

TENNIS | Here we go. The Lady Raiders are playing in their first NCAA Tournament appearance starting today in Miami, Florida. LAJ's Nick Kosmider has an excellent story on Caroline Starck and her journey to Texas Tech.

TRACK & FIELD | The track team is headed off to the Big 12 Championship in Manhattan, Kansas. LAJ's Don Williams and George Watson have a terrific story on pole vaulter Shade Weygandt, who has had to overcome a torn quadriceps to qualifying for the Olympics.

SOFTBALL | Congrats to Sandy James, who was named to the College Softball 360 Prime Time performers and congrats to the nine players who were named to academic All-Big 12 teams.

FOOTBALL | Per the SAEN, head coach Tommy Tuberville said that he expects TE Jace Amaro and RB Kenny Williams to play, but is waiting on punishment until such the courts have made a final determination as to what happened. I love this approach. Also regarding Amaro, apparently when he tweeted that it was a broke foot that it was actually just a sprain.

Also from the SAEN, there is a good Q&A with Tuberville. Says that RB Eric Stephens may be running full speed in June, which is great news.