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Texas Tech Links: Texas Tech Prepares for Omaha; Track & Field Results at NCAA Championships

The Texas Tech baseball team prepares to leave for Omaha for the College World Series. Kennedy Kithuka finishes 4th in the 10,000 meter race. Plus, the NFL prospects for the Texas Tech football team.

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World Cup. Feel free to use the morning link post as your World Cup thread.  Google has a pretty good way to follow the action as far as which teams play and when. SB Nation has terrific World Cup coverage and don't forget to follow the US National Team blog, Stars and Stripes FC.

Track and Field NCAA Championships Update. There were a couple of participants in the NCAA Championships as Hannah Carson finished 8th in the javelin and Kennedy Kithuka finished 4th in the 10,000 meter.  Kole Weldon finished 18th in the shot put.  Head coach Wes Kittley said that Kithuka didn't run his best race and Kithuka was the prohibited favorite (I think).  Stand up and applause Kithuka today.

Texas Tech Prepares for Omaha. I believe the team leaves sometime today to Omaha, Nebraska. I still can't believe that I get to type Texas Tech and College World Series in the same sentence.

Fearless Fans.

Ramos in Texas. A.J. Ramos pitched for Texas Tech a few years ago and now he's pitching for the Miami Marlins.  The Rangers are hosting the Marlins in inter-league play and lots of folks from Ramos' family had the opportunity to go to the game the other night:

"She's been taking care of her dad. He's 107 years old. It's a 24/7 job, and she doesn't get to leave the house very often. So her coming out here is like a mini vacation. It was good to see that because she was a big part of my life," Ramos said. "I would go out in her front yard and play catch, and she watched me and cooked me food to get my weight on."

Wait. What?  107. Good for Olga getting to see her grandson play. Just great.

NFL Draft Preview. It's way too early to take a look at the 2015 draft prospects for Texas Tech, but if you ain't first, you're last. As you might expect Le'Raven Clark tops the list for the Red Raiders followed by Kenny Williams and Bradley Marquez. I think this is just about it, although I could also see Branden Jackson moving his way into the mix if he has a good season.

Summer Camp Loophole. CBS has a fantastic look at how colleges essentially pay high school coaches to attend the summer camps and then those high school coaches promise to bring their best players.  Some colleges get around this as the head college coach will have a corporation that runs the camp so that they are not subject to the open records request.  Of the colleges that produced records, Florida St. paid the most to high school coaches.

No Expansion. Absolutely Not. ESPN's Brett McMurphy writes that the Big 12 athletic director say that the colleges are all happy and there is no reason at all to even discuss expansion. WVU AD Oliver Luck did tell a story about how he contacted some of the cast-off schools when there was the threat of UT, TTU, OU and OSU going to the Pac-12, and would form a Big 12 and Big East conglomerate.

Don't Tweet Recruits. No really. Just don't.

Chess Receives Awards. Congrats to the chess program for the following awards:

Texas Tech University made history by being named Chess College of the Year by The United States Chess Federation, along with the program's head coach Alex Onischuk being named Grandmaster of the Year.

Watson to Texas Tech. This is not a recruit, but this is a writer for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal who has penned his last article for the LAJ. Watson was the LAJ's Texas Tech baseball and high school sports reporter and he was/is very good at his job.  He will be working for Texas Tech at the Communications and Marketing department. Good luck to Watson. He really was a joy read.