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The Morning Stake: Soccer Starts Two-a-Days; David Gibbs Says He’s Crazy

Soccer begins two-a-days and David Gibbs says that he is crazy for coaching defense.

Lady Raiders

Caldwell Transfers to Texas Tech. Well, this makes more sense. Yesterday, Texas Tech and Candi Whitaker announced that they hired Ray Caldwell as an assistant coach. Check. Today, Texas Tech announced that Recee’ Caldwell will transfer to Texas Tech. Recee’ will sit out the 2015-16 season, but as a freshman, she averaged 6.9 points a game, 2 boards and 2.5 assists for UCLA.

Soccer

We Begin. The soccer team started two-a-day practices on Wednesday and head coach Tom Stone talks about the excitement with the start of camp:

“There is always excitement surrounding the start of camp,” Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said. “The players have worked hard to prepare and now they get to compete for real and get about the task of pulling the pieces together into one cohesive unit. I always look forward to being able to see which players have come into camp ready to make a statement with their play.”

If you’d like to check out a photo gallery you are in luck. As an aside, I love the soccer team’s Under Armour kits. These are practice uniforms, but their kits are terrific.

And after a summer of playing for the Canadian National Team, Janine Beckie was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.

Football

A Treasure Trove. If you would like to waste a few hours of your life, then you’re in luck. Double-T 104.3 posted a ton of their Texas Tech media day interviews here. There’s a ton of them there, so go give it a listen.

Gibbs Makes Great Impression. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon writes about how defensive coordinator David Gibbs has made a great first impression:

“I like Coach Gibbs because the way he approaches things is just different than a lot of people,” defensive lineman Branden Jackson said. “He’s all about turnovers, he’s all about doing what’s best for the team, not necessarily what’s best for the [individual] player.”

Gibbs is Crazy. LAJ’s Don Williams writes that Gibbs says that he’s crazy for coaching defense, i.e. a defensive coordinator is in a lose-lose situation because of the way the offenses are so prolific:

“Coaching defense right now is insane,” says Gibbs, the latest to give it a shot at Texas Tech. “You’ve got to be a fool.”

So why slave away at coaching defense in an era when the rules favor the other side, television showcases skill-position offensive players and 14-7’s never the final score anymore? Why keep doing it?

“I don’t know. I’m a fool,” Gibbs said, then with a more serious tone: “It’s fun. It’s a challenge. Think about it, man. Some people think you’re nuts. I see opportunity. Can we be any worse? Seriously.”

Ross up to 25s. Also from LAJ’s Don Williams, he writes about defensive end Andre Ross, who has been oft-injured in his Texas Tech career, is now fully healthy and up to 252 pounds and backing up at the defensive end spot.

Miscellaneous. ESPN continues their top 25 player countdown and at #13 is LB Pete Robertson . . . nothing Texas Tech related, but still enjoyed the read is the Sports On Earth All-Underrated Team . . . Boise State’s Sam Ukwauachu transferred to Baylor after being dismissed by Boise State, namely being involved in an abusive relationship with a woman and now, Ukwuachu is scheduled to stand trial that he sexually assaulted a female Baylor student . . . Land Grant Gauntlet previews week 2 in the Big 12 . . .

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