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Texas Tech News, Notes & Links: Beckie and Hinkle Named All-Americans; The Daily Toreador Talks Uniforms

Janine Beckie and Jaelene Hinkle receive All-America Honors. The Daily Toreador dips their toe into uniform talk (but with no cussing).

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All-Americans. Congrats to Janine Beckie and Jaelene Hinkle for receiving NSCAA All-America honors:

For the second time in each of their illustrious careers, Texas Tech junior Janine Beckie and senior Jaelene Hinkle were named NSCAA All-Americans on Friday, the organization announced.

Beckie, the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, was recognized on the first team, the highest honor ever for a Red Raider, while Hinkle was selected to the second team. It is the first time in school history where two Red Raiders have received All-America accolades in the same season.

Uniform Talk. Well, how about that, the Daily Toreador's Everett Corder opines that the uniforms need to get back to basics and that he wants the team to wear red.  Lots of similar points that I made, including the comparison to Oregon using just two logos, but with a lot less cussing.  Well, there's no cussing from Corder, so he's got that going for him, he's more professional than me.  I've got some more uniform talk later this afternoon.

Pelley Talks News. Nice interview with CBS News' Scott Pelley, who sits on the Advisory Board of the College of Media and Communications for Texas Tech, talks about his current role with CBS News with the FWST:

"My life of uncovering the truth started with a lie," he said.

When he was 15, Pelley got a job at his hometown paper, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, by saying that he was 16 so he would be old enough to work in the newsroom.

"My mother dropped me off two blocks away," he said, so people wouldn't realize he wasn't old enough to drive - or work.

He worked the 3-to-midnight shift as a copyboy in the wire room, pulling stories from around the world as they clattered into Lubbock and delivering them, in pre-Internet days, to editors.

"When I walked into that wire room, that was the most exciting place I had ever been," he said. Then, pausing for effect, "I'm still in the wire room."

Pelley is a commanding but calm presence as he prepares to deliver the newscast and producers, assistants and technicians buzz around him. He does several promos of that night's news to attract viewers in different markets.

It's strange in that for whatever reason, I'm an ABC News guy (mainly because I like their local coverage), but when the national news is on, I'll switch it to Pelley without thinking twice.

Miscellaneous. Totally Texas Tech Tech with some terrific new photos around campus.  Make sure and check these out for an update to the Southwest Conference bonfire circle and some construction to Jones AT&T Stadium, namely the removal of the seats . . . CBS Sports writes that the Big 12 is clearly the best conference in college basketball thus far . . . there was a report last night that Washington State head coach Mike Leach was interested in the Houston job, but Washington State denies this report (I can't imagine that Leach would leave WSU for Houston) . . .