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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2012-07-23

BIG 12 MEDIA DAYS | Today is the start of Big 12 Media Day and the Texas Tech contingent is already in Dallas and they start doing interviews and television things at 9:30 am and then will be on the main stage at noon. Head coach Tommy Tuberville, QB Seth Doege, WR Eric Ward and LB Terrance Bullitt are the players in attendance. You can watch the whole thing live on the Big 12 website. You can consider this your open thread. Texas Tech also has a main page about their travels to Dallas and is blog-like, if you want to keep up with the on-goings of yesterday and today.

ODDS AND ENDS | Jerry Seinfeld has a new web-based show called Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and the first episode was with Larry David. I liked it.

Deadspin has a good story on the very first sports action photograph from 1908.

BASEBALL Congrats to Trey Masek for being named to Cape Cod All-Star team.

I stumbled across this article about RHP Dominic Moreno a freshman pitcher from Howard J.C. (remember that J-Bob Thomas is from Howard) has signed with Texas Tech.

FOOTBALL | LAJ's George Watson has an article on the passing of former coach Jim Carlen. I had forgotten that Carlen also coached at West Virginia. Condolences to Carlen's family.

Have you ever thought that Texas Tech is traditionally under-rated by these pre-season polls? Well, luckily for you, Pistols Firing's Kyle Porter does the math and proves it. Check it out.

The LAJ had a few articles over the weekend. Three of the running backs that will be named to the Texas Tech Hall of Fame, Ricky Williams, Byron Hanspard and Bam Morris all joined the Texas Tech contingent in Dallas last night. Per LAJ's Don Williams, Hanspard and Morris acknowledge their off-the-field mistakes.LAJ's Nick Kosmider and Don Williams (auto-play video) preview the Big 12 Media Days. LAJ's Don Williams takes a look at the linebacker position and defensive coordinator Art Kaufman talks about his starters:

"I expect Bullitt to be a good player based on everything I’ve heard," Kaufman said. "Between Bullitt and Smith and Sam, I think those guys are athletic. I think they pay attention to detail and they have the ability to adjust, which is critical in a game. They’ve got instincts, because they understand how to read keys."

The top 25 quarterbacks competed over the weekend to make the ESPN Elite 11, the final 11 were chosen yesterday, and Texas Tech commit Davis Webb didn't make the final cut. Considering where Webb was a couple months ago, a no-name two-star quarterback where we were all wondering if he should be the guy that will maybe be given the reins to this team to probably being re-ranked as a four-star quarterback that is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. This is why it can be detrimental to offer high school kids really early.

But Webb is apparently a good kid that is well thought of by a lot of folks. Webb was featured by Rivals as one of the guys that pushed through a Navy SEAL workout. Via 247 Sports, Webb was listed as a riser and out-performed OU commit Cody Thomas:

Like Etling, Webb impressed at the Vegas regional and earned an invite. The Texas Tech commit has an excellent, accurate arm and throws with good velocity. He out-performed Oklahoma commit and fellow tall Texan Cody Thomas (who in fairness is transitioning from baseball) in all of the drills on Thursday and won the "Film" award for displaying the best understanding of concepts off the field. This Lone Star State gunslinger could see his ranking, which currently is at three stars, rise a bit. Webb currently is the nation’s No. 30 pro-style quarterback prospect.

Apparently the baseball thing is one of the reasons why Texas Tech coaches were not high on Thomas. Also via 247 Sports Webb was given the superlative of best gunslinger and honorable mention as football junkie.

Miscellaneous: Crystal Ball Run makes bold predictions for the Big 12 and Crystall Ball Run also ranks the Big 12 fanbases . . . Doege makes the Walter Camp and Manning award watch lists . . . the official site has the 2012 media guide available online . . . co-sign -- Wide Right & Natty Lite wants the pundits to stop calling the SEC "the big leagues" . . .

Meeting the Two Deep continues with DT Dennell Wesley, OL Tony Morales and P Ryan Erxleben and those videos are all after the jump.

DT Dennell Wesley:

OL Tony Morales:

P Ryan Erxleben: