Thursday Lunchtime Links/Notes: Lubbock, the Place Where Things Die

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So Baylor lost a basketball game last night in Lubbock and I feel like crap today. Though unrelated, both things suck.

Not a lot out there once again on the Baylor horizon that doesn't have to deal with last night's disappointing loss to Texas Tech.  Baylor trailed by 21 after a first half that saw Texas Tech make basically every shot they took (I'm not saying they were lucky in that half, but I did see a few Tech players drinking Michael Jordan's special stuff from Space Jam).  I think Baylor got the lead down to 9 at one point in the second half after a good run, but that was it.  The final margin ended up being 10 points, and the Bears are now 1-2 in conference play this year.

No. 12 MBB Falls to Texas Tech, 82-72 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Kenny Chery scored 22 points, but Jaye Crockett had 19 points, Toddrick Gotcher added 17 and Texas Tech beat No. 12 Baylor 82-72 on Wednesday night for its first Big 12 win of the season.

Stock Report: Baylor falters, Xavier improves and UMass stays put | One And One - SI.com
A week after Seth Davis issued his annual Stock Report, let's take a look at what three of Wednesday's games can tell us about the outlooks of three tourney contenders.

Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Recap - January 15, 2014 - ESPN
All the things coach Tubby Smith has been stressing finally came together for Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

The Tip-Off Rally is still happening today.  You should go to it, if you can.

Baylor Athletics to Host Basketball Tip-Off Rally - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Baylor Athletics will host the inaugural Tip-Off Rally at 6:30 p.m. Thursday inside the SUB Bowl at the Bill Daniel Student Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first 1,000 students in attendance will receive free Whatachick'n® strips meals from the event's sponsor, WHATABURGER.

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Dixon, Richardson Named To Reese's Senior Bowl Roster - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon and guard Cyril Richardson were named to the north roster on Wednesday for the 65th annual Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Worth noting from this article that Tevin Reese, who you would have expected to see play in the Senior Bowl, won't because of an injury.  No word on if it is the same injury as before or a new one.  If it is the same, that might explain why we didn't see so much of him in the Fiesta Bowl.

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BREAKING MADDEN HAS RETURNED.

All things must end, including the chron-what-cles of BEEFTANK.

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2014's way-too-early Heisman field: Jameis Winston, his backup, and 18 other names - SBNation.com
Jameis Winston could be the second repeat Heisman winner in history, but he'll have to fend off a deep field, one that might well include one of his current teammates.

Bryce Petty made the list of non-Jameis finalists.  As he should have.

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Today is the first day of allowed in-person visits following the December-January dead period, so just about every college coach in America is on the road recruiting.  Baylor's are no different.  From the twitterverse, we know that Phil Montgomery, Baylor's QB coach and offensive coordinator, was in Stephenville this morning to see Jarrett Stidham, our biggest QB target in the 2015 class.  Jeff Lebby, RB coach, was in McKinney this morning visiting 2015 RB Ronald Jones.  Both BearsTruth and SicEmSports have lists up of the various travels of our coaches.  I'm sure they'll swing by Cedar Hill at some point today to see WR Damarkus Lodge, and I think one was in Ennis to catch up with DE James Lockhart.  That's something to watch if you're on twitter.

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Top 100 college football games of 2013: Main menu - SBNation.com
Counting down the best college football contests of 2013, one of the best seasons of our lifetimes. And it might have included the wildest game we'll ever see.

Pretty obvious what #1 was going to be, right?  It's deserved, for sure.

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Texas has a full coaching staff, including a sorta-OC/playcaller.  Horns fans seem pretty excited about it.

Texas Longhorns announce new coaching staff - Burnt Orange Nation
The new coaching staff for the Texas Longhorns was introduced on Wednesday by new head coach Charlie Strong, who finally revealed which member of the offensive brain trust will call plays.

Tweets Tweets Tweets Tweets Tweets:

Apparently, people just realized that if you put these two school names next to each other, it spells BUTT. In other news, the Germans have bombed Pearl Harbor.

This dude might be the best recruiter we have. Not really, but still.

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