If you are interested in the NCAA Baseball Tournament, be sure and check out CSTV interactive bracket. The regionals conclude tomorrow or Monday with the super regional's taking place next weekend at eight sites across the country.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
If Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance has his way, the University will have its new president before the fall semester starts in late August. One of the reasons is to eliminate the need of an interim president.
Hance on the process from the Daily Toreador:
"We're moving pretty fast," Hance said. "Dr. Whitmore will be gone this summer. I want someone before school starts. I really don't anticipate putting someone in on the interim, to make them an interim president. If it looks like we're going to get strung out until January or something, then that's a possibility. But I don't see that happening. I think the committee's working hard and everybody's moving forward."
Taking a quick glance at the non-conferences football schedules for the Big 12 teams there are a couple of things that stick out. The most interesting thing is that Nebraska will not play away from Memorial Stadium until they travel to Lubbock for their sixth game of the season. All of the Huskers non-conference affairs are home contests along with their Big 12 opener against Missouri.
Everyone else in the conference will play three home games and a single road game with the exception of Missouri and Colorado. Both the Tigers and Buffalos will play a game on a neutral field as Missouri plays Illinois in St. Louis and Colorado takes on in-state rival Colorado State in Denver.
Perhaps one of the most interesting non-conference games of the season might be in Stillwater, Oklahoma on September 27th as Troy takes on the Cowboys. Last year, Troy ripped the Cowboys 41-23 on a national television broadcast.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Make sure and catch the Mike Leach interview from the Lincoln Star Journal.
Also check out that paper's story on the Huskers 2008 schedule as Tech is mentioned in that as well.
At the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament, it will be number-five Texas against seventh-ranked Kansas State in Sunday's championship game. The game airs at 1:00pm CST on FSN.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
A minor league baseball player was traded for ten bats. Yes, you heard that correctly, 10 baseball bats. The Calgary Vipers traded John Odom to the Laredo Broncos for pieces of equipment.
Odom said he wasn't really concerned about trade, but there is no word on how the bats felt.
Friday, May 23, 2008
New dugouts are being constructed at the women's softball complex near UMC. Most of the concrete work has been done on one dugout, while the other is waiting for the roof to be poured.
The artwork is moving along as the artist's have been working meticulously on both the south side and the north side sculptures located at the new Children's Development Center. I believe the north side piece is supposed to represent the crops around the Lubbock area. If that's not right, somebody please correct me.
Finally, routing along the MSF construction has changed dramatically near 19th street. There is no longer a stop light at the intersection. For that matter, there is no longer an intersection. The traffic on 19th street now moves freely over the traffic being diverted onto the freeway below the 19th street bridges. You can also take the frontage road on the north side of the freeway from the Texas Tech Parkway directly to west bound 19th. The west-bound and east-bound on-ramps from the Texas Tech Parkway to the MSF have also opened up.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!
The decision by the Texas Tech Board of Regents to freeze tuition for the 2008-2009 school year is getting a lot of positive feedback from across the state. Not only is tuition holding steady for the upcoming school year, but student fees along with room and board will stay at the same level too. The regents could have raised tuition by 4.4 percent.
Texas Tech head baseball coach Larry Hays witnessed first-hand his son Shannon winning a national title. The elder Hays, who coached the Lubbock Christian University baseball team to the NAIA national title 25 years ago, was on hand this past week to watch the LCU women's softball team will the NAIA championship.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
It's too bad the Red Raider's missed out on the Big 12 baseball tournament even as an eighth seed. So far in the round-robin play, the lower seed has won the four of the first five games of the tournament. Who knows what might have happened if Tech could have slipped into the tournament.
As I write this, 4th-seed Missouri is trying to break the trend as the Tigers hold a slim 3-2 lead over number-8 Oklahoma. The big surprise so far of the tournament is regular-season champ Texas A&M losing its first two games of the tournament.
Pool play ends Saturday with the championship game scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1:00 from Bricktown Ballpark. The game will be aired on Fox Sports Net.
#4 Missouri 3
#5 Texas 2 (10 Innings)
#8 Oklahoma 4
#1 Texas A&M 1
#6 Baylor 10
#3 Nebraska 4
#7 Kansas State 3
#2 Oklahoma State 2
#5 Texas 15
#1 Texas A&M 9
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Congratulations to the Lubbock Christian University women's softball team for winning the NAIA softball national title. The Lady Chaps capped off a 60-10 season with a championship in the programs first season of existence by defeating Mobile, Alabama 2-1 in the title game.
LCU head coach Shannon Hays is the second in the Hays family to win a NAIA national championship. He is the son of Texas Tech head baseball coach Larry Hays who won a national title as head coach of the LCU baseball team in 1983.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The newest group of pictures from campus and the surrounding area has been posted at Raider Power.
The area in North Overton just east of the Centre is bustling with activity with tons of building supplies filling up the lot. Construction is going on just across the street from the Centre along with metal framing going up. Further to the east a large complex of wood framing has started as well.
The hotel and conference center construction is continuing, while dirt work has started in the lot where the new Ruby Tequila's will be built. This location fronts University Avenue directly east of Jones AT&T stadium. This should be a hot spot during the football season.
The scene along the MSF is changing daily as construction continues. The east-bound ramp to the freeway off the Texas Tech Parkway is now open. Sometime this week some lanes will open under the new 19th Street bridges. Construction is also moving along on the bridges that will cross the MSF at University.
The construction on campus also continues in the Engineering Key with the renovation of the Livermore Auditorium. The Auditorium entrance will take on the historic look of the Spanish architecture that is prevalent across campus.
The activity around the construction site of the student leisure pool has also started up. The pool is expected to open in the fall of 2009.
Abby Stark and Chance Mckee were revealed as the 2007-2008 Raider Reds at the annual "Passing of the Guns" ceremony. The student's identities are kept secret during the time they are Raider Red and are revealed at the end of the school year.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The Texas Tech women's soccer team will welcome transfer Leanne Mihelich for the 2008 season. Mihelich, a Texas native, led Arkansas-Little Rock in scoring last season with nine goals.
The Red Raider soccer team finished last season with a 7-8-2 record and will kick off the 2008 campaign August 22nd with a home match against Lamar.
Folks will be able to drive under the 19th Street bridges on the new Marsha Sharp Freeway beginning sometime this week. Other changes on the freeway near the Texas Tech campus will also take place involving ramps on the Texas Tech Parkway.
This blog will now simply start calling the Marsha Sharp Freeway the MSF. Nothing against coach Sharp, but there are going to be a number of updates regarding the freeway, so it will be shortened the same way Loop 289 is simply called the Loop.
Friday, May 16, 2008
An all faith chapel is in the works for the Texas Tech campus as reported by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal today. The location of the new building would be east of the Merket Alumni center and would be approximately 7,500 hundred square feet in size and seat 250 people.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
You've heard of cap night, bat night, or t-shirt night at the ballpark, right? How about funeral night at the local ball diamond? Minor League Baseball's Grand Prairie Air Hogs are giving away a full expense paid funeral for a lucky (maybe that's not the right word) fan at their June 3rd home game. Covered expenses include a casket, headstone, and a plot.
I guess we'll see how many die-hard fans will show up for this promotion!
The Tech baseball team will wrap up the regular-season with a three-game home stand against the Baylor Bears. The Red Raiders need a sweep of Baylor, plus some help in the other weekend Big 12 series, for a chance of making the Big 12 Tournament. The series will kick off with Larry Hayes bobble head night on Friday evening at 6:05 at Dan Law Field. The first 250 people through the gates will receive a bobble head of the Tech Head coach. Game two of the series is Saturday afternoon at 2:00 and will wrap up Sunday afternoon at 1:00.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Congratulations are in order for Texas Tech men's tennis coach Tim Seigel who was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's 2008 regional coach of the year for the south central division. Seigel, who won the same award in 2005, finished the 2008 Big 12 season in a second place tie with Oklahoma State. Seigel was also named the Big 12 coach of the year. Tech ended its season earlier in the month with a loss to Michigan in the second-round of the NCAA men's tournament.
I have posted the newest batch of campus pictures in the Raider Power forums. The campus construction continues on the new parking lot adjacent to the west side of the Merket Alumni Center and at the Livermore Engineering Auditorium renovation. Not much has changed at those two locations in just over a week, so I thought I would post some random non-construction pictures of campus.
A number of shots are of Glenna Goodacre's statues located near the Human Science building. It has been overcast in the Hub City today and that provided comfortable conditions to walk around campus during the lunch hour. The campus is quite this time of year because spring semester is over and first summer session won't begin until after the Memorial Day weekend.
My most notable shot came after a thunderstorm rumbled through the Lubbock area one morning. The picture was of one of the Administration Building Bell Towers reflecting off a large puddle of water. The clouds had cleared out after the storms the reflection left the beautiful sparkling blue sky framing the bell tower.
Pictures that have been posted have included the progress of construction projects such as the turf installation at Jones AT&T Stadium, the new addition to the Student Union Building, the new Animal & Food Sciences Building, and most recently the New Marsha Sharp Freeway that runs through the heart of the Tech campus.
Pictures have also included shots of the new North Overton area redevelopment and other areas of the Hub City.
The "New TTU Campus Pictures" threads on Raider Power have shown how the Tech campus has grown and improved over the last four years. I have created this blog to combine the pictures with updates of what is currently going on at Texas Tech University.
I would also like to thank all of those that have complimented me on the pictures. I really enjoy taking them and I feel it's my way of promoting Texas Tech University. Guns Up!