- Nellis Steps Down. Via the Texas Tribune, Texas Tech president Duane Nellis has stepped down as of Friday to a tenured professor position. This is a bit strange as he’s only been on the job since 2013 and seems to complain that the chancellor is too close to the president’s office, or perhaps too close to the president and it interferes with his work. And this resignation sure does feel like Nellis was shown the door once he interviewed for the Wyoming president position and then didn’t get the position. Of course, I’m about as ignorant as a person that you’ll find regarding high education politics.
- Lady Raiders Travel to West Virginia. The Lady Raiders look to stop that 3-game slide as they travel to Morgantown to take on West Virginia tonight at 6:00 pm:
Texas Tech (9-5, 0-3) is looking to bring an end to a three-game losing streak by picking up its second-straight win in Morgantown, after picking up a 55-45 victory at West Virginia last season. The Lady Raiders have been sparked lately by freshman Japreece Dean, who has scored in double figures in each of the last five games.
West Virginia (13-3, 2-1), is currently riding a two-game winning streak, earning road wins at Kansas and Kansas State. A win would give the Mountaineers their first three-game Big 12 winning streak since 2014. Bria Holmes leads WVU in both points (17.3) and assists (3.6).
- Repeat Performance. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot write that Texas Tech looks to repeat their performance from last year where Texas Tech won both regular season games against West Virginia:
Both times, Amber Battle went off. The former Tech star had 53 combined points in those two wins. And the road win was the first for Lady Raiders since beating Kansas, 72-70, on Feb. 24, 2013.
There are a ton of links this morning about tonight’s game between Texas Tech and Kansas, so in trying to be efficient, you just get a list.
- LAJ’s Krista Pirtle: The next challenge for Texas Tech is stopping the #1 ranked Kansas.
- LAJ’s Krista Pirtle: Head coach Tubby Smith is looking for more energy from Texas Tech.
- Kansas: Bill Self thinks that Tubby Smith will will Texas Tech to be better.
- KUSports: Takes a look at the Red Raiders from the Kansas perspective.
- ESPN’s Myron Medcalf: has Texas Tech as an upset possibility against Kansas.
- DMN: Tubby Smith and Shaka Smart would like to introduce an “Eddie Robinson Rule” which would be like the Rooney Rule in the NFL, which would require a college to interview a minority for a head coach hire.
- LAJ’s Krista Pirtle: Q&A with Aaron Ross.
- DFW All-Area. Via the DMN, Jett Duffey was named as the offensive player of the year in the DFW area, with Jack Anderson on the first team offense, and Clarence Henderson (who is apparently up to 6-2/250) at second team offense
- College Football Playoff Disaster Continues. Via Broadcasting & Cable, ESPN is negotiating with advertisers in the range of $20 million for bowl back make-goods for the loss of advertising from the New Year’s Eve debacle. The funny thing about all of this is that Bill Hancock said that the semifinals will remain on New Year’s Eve next year as well (via ESPN.
- Reviewing Predictions. The ESPN Big 12 Blog Bros review their preseason predictions.