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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2012-05-16

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ODDS AND ENDS | USA Today released the finances for all public athletic universities (does not include private schools and maybe military academies). Texas Tech is still on the positive side of the ledger, so that's good. You could spend a few hours there.

An elephant with a prosthetic leg ? Sure, why not.

CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT | Frank the Tank writes that Florida St. to the Big 12 is penny wise and pound foolish. SB Nation's Jason Kirk looks at what we can learn from soccer relegation and applying it to college football as does Barking Carnival.

TENNIS | Congrats to women's head coach Todd Petty who was named regional coach of the year and Samantha Adams who was named as the regional player to watch by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and additional congrats to men's head coach Tim Siegel who was named the ITA Texas Region Coach of the Year, assistant coach Marcelo Ferreira was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year, Gonzalo Escobar was awarded the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award and the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award!

SOFTBALL | Congrats to those players honored with All Big 12 awards, including Mikey Kenney being named for the first team and Emily Bledsoe, Sandy James, and Adriana Perez being named to the second team!

BASEBALL | Too many players to list, but congrats to the 11 players awarded Academic All-Big 12 Selections!

LAJ's George Watson previews Kansas St. and notes that lack of senior leadership and inconsistent pitching have hurt the Wildcats.

FOOTBALL | Head coach Tommy Tuberville was on ESPN Austin yesterday morning. You can find the audio by going to that link and looking for the audio on 5/15/12. It was a good listen and is too lengthy for me to summarize, but says that he would love to have Florida St. in the Big 12, admits again that the defense was just awful, and that CB Cornelius Douglas and WR Eric Ward are two players that he expects to have a significant impact next year.

LAJ's Don Williams has his story on Gabe Rivera being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. I go back to the stats listed yesterday, 321 tackles over a four year career is ridiculous to think about and is simply amazing from a defensive lineman.