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Thursday Morning Links at Viva The Matadors | 2013-04-04

Morning links: Texas Tech, odds and ends, NCAA, tennis, track and field, baseball, men's basketball and football.

TEXAS TECH | New Texas Tech President Duane Nellis was interviewed by the Texas Tribune.

ODDS AND ENDS | So many good things this morning. First, TTU Red has some fantastic new photos at Totally Texas Tech that he posted on Monday that I forgot to mention with all of this coaching search stuff going on. Great work as always!

I haven't posted many good old fashioned odds and ends, but Gear Patrol has a terrific review of The Dakar Rally, which was in South America in January. This is the official Dakar Rally YouTube channel.

A college basketball player that has cancer? Absolutely. Via SB Nation Longreads.

NCAA | These things are related, I promise. 1) NCAA President Mark Emmert is apparently terrible at his job as an athletics director before being terrible as the NCAA President. 2) Rutger's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired at Rutgers throwing basketballs at player's heads and all sorts of inappropriate behavior. 3) SI's Andy Staples proposes that Emmert actually do something right and lift the requirement that NCAA players receive a release from the current head coaches to transfer to the school where they want to go. Yes.

TENNIS | Congrats to Samantha Adams for being named the Big 12 Player of the Week! The women's tennis team is also the highest ranked in program history, #15 in the country!

TRACK AND FIELD | The men's and women's track teams are both in the top 15 in the nation. Texas Tech is hosting an outdoor meet and the LAJ has a story on Hannah Carson (javelin) and the DT has a story on Kole Weldon (shot put). The DT also previews the meet.

BASEBALL | I forgot to post this yesterday, but the baseball team was thoroughly whipped by New Mexico on Tuesday night. This weekend, the Red Raiders will host Kansas St. and the LAJ looks at Wildcats.

MEN'S BASKETBALL | The LAJ has an article about head coach Tubby Smith continuing to want to be a teacher and also talks about the style of play we can expect. In other related news, Minnesota hired FIU's Richard Pitino.

FOOTBALL | SB Nation has an article on Air Raid quarterbacks in the NFL and of course, Texas Tech is well represented in college, but not the NFL. 24/7 Sports has Big 12 recruiting update and it is mostly about UT because they now have sophomores committing, but also confirms that Whitehouse QB Patrick Mahomes is head coach Kliff Kingsbury's target.