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Friday Morning Links at Viva The Matadors | 2013-04-19

Morning links: odds and ends, tennis, volleyball, golf, baseball, men's basketball and football.


ODDS AND ENDS | You can now edit your comments on all SB Nation sites. For 90 seconds . . . the clock is ticking.

For tomorrow's spring game, I have an open thread to go up at 8:00 am. Since I'll be on the road, I won't do any morning links, so you all can help me and help VTM by filling in with the comments. Then, there's a post-game thread going up at 3:00 pm. For those of you leaving town, don't forget to set your DVR's on FSSW so you can watch it when you get home.

TENNIS | The #15 women's takes on #25 TCU (in Ft. Worth on Friday) and #28 Baylor (in Lubbock on Sunday) this weekend. Go out and watch as the women are looking to become back-to-back Big 12 Champions. This is a huge deal.

The #46 men's team takes on TCU (in Ft. Worth) and Texas (in Austin). The DT has a article on the men's team. Good luck!

VOLLEYBALL | The volleyball team continues their spring tour with the Lone Star College Showcase in Dallas on Saturday.

GOLF | The Big 12 Championships are coming up (although it has been delayed). The DT has a preview of the women.

SOFTBALL | The softball team hopes to rebound against Iowa St. this weekend in a series in Ames. The DT has a preview.

BASEBALL | The baseball team is at home to host Kansas this weekend. I hope to have an open post, but I can't promise that. The LAJ and DT preview the series with another LAJ article about the Jayhawks.

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Yahoo's Pat Forde grades the recent coaching hires and gives Texas Tech's hiring of Tubby Smith a B+:

Texas Tech: Hired Tubby Smith after relieving interim Chris Walker, who replaced troubled tyrant Billy Gillispie. Taking an older coach who was fired by a Big Ten school and owns a championship ring? The formula worked once for Tech with a guy named Bob Knight, give or take a salad-bar confrontation or two. Knight made the Red Raiders respectable, with five 20-win seasons and four NCAA tournament appearances. The hope in Lubbock is that the 61-year-old Smith can do the same with a program that has backslid drastically. Smith needs to reinvigorate his staff, and he got a start on doing that by reportedly luring Pooh Williamson (who played for Tubby at Tulsa) away from TCU. Grade: B-plus.

Only Northwestern and St. Louis received higher grades.

FOOTBALL | There are a couple of notes this morning. Apparently a receiver from Butler Community College is going to play for Texas Tech this year, Jacob Hurla (6-3/199) said on his Twitter that he's going to play for Texas Tech this year. If Butler CC sounds familiar, it is the same JUCO that Javess Blue was at (originally committed to Texas Tech twice, but eventually followed Tuberville to Cincinnati Neal Brown and Tommy Mainord to Kentucky) and Hurla was the other receiver and was honorable mention last year and he had 37 catches for 608 yards and 6 touchdowns last year. You can check him out on his Hudl video.

The LAJ has a really neat story and short video on the sports dietician for Texas Tech, Dayna McCutchin, who was hired in January, right when Kingsbury was hired. And this is hire is really because of Kingsbury, so I think that's interesting.

"We are always looking for that incremental advantage for our program," Hocutt said. "What is going to give us that difference-maker in competition? Nutrition is such an integral part of being at your best."

Now a licensed dietician, McCutchin was sure she could help a program she believed was behind others in the Big 12 Conference in terms of overall nutrition.

"We’ve gone from having a couple shakes, a couple bars, to having a full setup," she said. "We’re pushing proper nutrition to these guys. At the end of the game, if you have somebody who is fueling on McDonald’s and someone who is fueling on something proper, who is going to get the job done? In our mind, it can mean the difference in the end between winning and losing."

Athlon's ranks the Big 12 quarterbacks and has QB Michael Brewer at #5.

Last, but not least, to leave you with a smile. UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds says that order will be restored.