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Friday Morning Links on VTM | Rivera Qualifies at US Jr. Championships; Thomas Commits

Ifeatu Okafor is nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. Nick Rivera qualifies for the finals of the 800 m at the US Jr. Championships. Lawton DT Ivan Thomas commits to Texas Tech.

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1. Okafor Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year | Congrats to Ifeatu Okafor for being nominated by Texas Tech and the Big 12 for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award!

2. Rivera Qualifies for Finals of 800m at US Junior Championships | Congrats to Nick Rivera for making the finals of the 800 m at the US Junior Championships!

3. Thomas Commits to Texas Tech | Per lots of sources, but this is the DMN, Lawton DT Ivan Thomas has committed to Texas Tech. I'll get a profile up later this morning.

4. 33 Student-Athletes Named to Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team | Congrats to the 33 student-athletes who were named to the Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team.

5. Normandy, Then and Now & National Geographic Found | Pretty cool, these are photos of Normandy during the invasion of World War II and then a photograph taken now. It's neat. Also, the National Geographic is releasing photographs that they've never released before.

6. Stiles Accepting 2012 National Football Foundation Distinguished West Texas | Big props to the Texas Tech video crew for releasing the video of Coach Jess Stiles accepting the 2012 National Football Foundation Distinguished West Texan accepting this award. I haven't watched this yet, but I will watch it over the weekend.

7. Texas Longhorn Preview | SB Nation's Bill Connelly thinks that the Longhorns are going to be pretty good, whether you like it or not.

8. Breaking Down TTU's Schedule | Blogging friend Turfburner breaks down Texas Tech's schedule.

9. College Football Fun Index | SB Nation has a fun index and Texas Tech is near the top.

10. O'Bannon vs. NCAA Update | The hearing to certify the class was held yesterday and SI's Stewart Mandel was there.

11. Kingsbury on Chip Howard | I didn't know who Chip Howard was, but he is apparently a radio host in College Station and he apparently had a coaches show with head coach Kliff Kingsbury last year. He had Kingsbury on his show yesterday. It was a good interview and only one question about Johnny Manziel, all the rest were about Texas Tech.

12. Texas Tech Named #6 Most Underrated College | Texas Tech was named as the #6 most underrated college by Business Insider.

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