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Texas Tech Morning Links | Soccer to Play TAMU; Kithuka Runs for National Championship; WBB, BB & FB Links

The soccer team is set to play Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament today at 2:30, while cross country runner Kennedy Kithuka is set to run for his second national championship in as many year. Also, we have women's basketball, baseball and football links.


Links | It's a big weekend for some of our Texas Tech Red Raiders.  Let's get to it.

  • Soccer: The official site has their preview of today's huge game against Texas A&M.  Kickoff is at 2:30 and that link has information for a video feed, so make sure and check it out.  The LAJ previews the big game.
  • Cross Country: Kennedy Kithuka runs for his second national championship on Saturday at Terre Huate, Indiana.  This is Kithuka leaving the airport.
  • Women's Basketball: I missed this earlier this week, but Candi Whitaker announced her 2014 recruiting class and she signed three 6'2" post players: Ionna McKenzie from Florida, Dayo Olabode from Arlington and Courtney Vaccher from California. Welcome and Wreck 'Em!  The Lady Raiders play again on Saturday against Grambling.
  • Baseball: The official site announced 12 players as part of their recruiting class for the 2014 season and I can't say that I know a lot about these sorts of players, but this seems like a lot of talent.
  • Football:
    • Congrats to the nine players who received Academic All-Big 12 honors:
      Earning first team honors were Ryan Erxleben (Sr., Punter, Lake Travis), Kramer Fyfe (Jr., Kicker, Austin), Summitt Hogue (So., Safety, Lubbock), Bradley Marquez (Jr., Wide Receiver, Odessa), Josh Talbott (Sr., Running Back, Trophy Club) and Taylor Symmank (So, Kicker/Punter, McKinney). Taking home second team honors were Ryan Bustin (Jr., Kicker, Kilgore), Brandon DeFrance (Sr., Receiver, Colleyville) and DeAndre Washington (So., Running Back, Missouri City).
    • In Longhorn news, per BON, Texas has suspended RB Daje Johnson and FB Chet Moss for the Texas Tech game.
    • The DMN writes about how Texas Tech is using the bye week to correct some defensive issues.  Co-DC Matt Wallerstedt talks about some of his younger players, Justis Nelson and Keenan Ward, but he also talks about some of his veterans:
      "Wouldn’t trade Terrance Bullitt, Tre’ Porter or any of these guys for anybody else in the country," Wallerstedt said. "These are our guys. We’re going through some adversity. They refuse to come off the field. We’ve got Terrance Bullitt throwing his body around with a broken hand and banged up shoulder. Missing some tackles on the perimeter, but giving us everything he’s got. That’s all you can ask for."

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