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Texas Tech News, Notes and Links: 01.07.15

We've got links on baseball, men's basketball, track and field and football, including some way too early 2015 predictions on the football team.

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If you know any Ethiopian folks, today is their Christmas, so that's maybe something that you didn't know before you started today. Also, Ethiopia uses their own calendar and it is actually the year 2007 right now according to their calendar.


TEXASTECH.COM Gutierrez, Red Raiders Recognized in Collegiate Baseball Preview - Texas Tech University Official Athletic Site - Congrats to Gutierrez and the rest of the program. Going to be one heck of a year.  As an aside, MikeTTU is going to take a bigger role with baseball, which is great because he goes to a ton of games.


Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: Opening Weekend Of Conference Play Brings Changes To Rankings - The Smoking Musket - /shakes fist at all conference rankings/


TEXASTECH.COM Tech Track & Field Takes Top-25 Preseason Rankings - Texas Tech University Official Athletic Site- Congrats to Coach Kittley and the rest of the crew!


Top-10 RB Chris Warren to take three more visits before NSD announcement - - One of those visits includes Texas Tech in January
Lions sign 11 players to futures deals - This deal includes former Texas Tech footballer Kerry Hyder, so congrats!  I also think I read somewhere that Leon Mackey signed a deal with the Vikings of all things.
Five way-too-early Texas Tech football predictions for the 2015 season | Dallas Morning News - These really are early.
Who Will Be the Out-of-Nowhere College Football Playoff Contender in 2015? | Bleacher Report - There's some really good logic here and it's one of those things where I think if I had written this site, I would be laughed at and mocked for being too optimistic. It is good to read someone else think that Texas Tech can have a rebound in 2015.
Texas Tech hoping new D-coordinator David Gibbs can deliver stability - ESPN - Nothing new here, just from the ESPN folks.
Gorman QB Tate Martell decommits from Washington | Las Vegas Review-Journal - This is a 2017 quarterback and a longshot, but Martell does hold a Texas Tech offer, as well as a USC offer. 
Upcoming Charlotte program to give former Texas Tech DC a shot | CollegeFootballTalk - Good luck . . . I guess.
OU football: Dorial Green-Beckham to enter NFL draft | News OKOU football: Josh Heupel 'eternally grateful' following stint as Sooners coach | News OK - It was a busy day for the Sooners as they let go of Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell and they get nothing from Dorial Green-Beckham, who declares for the NFL Draft.
Too-early 2015 Big 12 Power Rankings | FOX Sports - Ubben provides his way too early Big 12 rankings for 2015 and Texas Tech moves up a spot to #7.