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The Morning Stake: WBB Beats ACU; Worst Assessment of Mahomes; Baseball Releases Schedule

The Lady Raiders get past Abilene Christian, the baseball schedule is released and a Dallas writer provides the worst assessment of Patrick Mahomes I’ve ever seen.

Lady Raiders Get Past Abilene Christian. This was maybe a tougher game than was expected as the Lady Raiders won, 71-65. Ivonne CookTaylor scored 17 points on 8 of 17 from the floor, while Rayven Brooks scored 16 and Zuri Sanders had 11 points and 12 boards off the bench.

Flora Fired. Well, the only coaches being let go were not just the football coaches as head volleyball coach Don Flora is not going to return for the 2016 season. Flora was in a really tough spot and being asked to essentially resurrect the Texas Tech program. Under Flora’s guidance, it did improve, things appeared to be stagnant the last few years, winning just 3 or so conference games each year. We wish you luck Don!

Schedule Released. The official site released the baseball schedule yesterday, with 27 games at Dan Law Field, but also will play a pretty tough non-conference schedule:

The Red Raiders will once again boast one of the most challenging non-conference slates in the country with 13 games against opponents who advanced to at least an NCAA Regional a year ago, including a pair of marquee home weekend series against San Diego State and 2015 College World Series participant Cal State Fullerton.

“We welcome the challenge of our 2016 schedule,” said Tadlock, who enters his fourth season leading his alma mater. “Top to bottom we play in one of the best leagues in the country and have tried to go out and schedule quality opponents to put our team in a position to play the game at the highest level possible each day.”

The Worst Assessment of Patrick Mahomes Ever. DMN’s Kevin Sherrington did a chat and someone asked him to rank Patrick Mahomes versus the rest of teh Big 12:

Kevin Sherrington: Well, we know for sure he’s better than anything at Texas, which is pretty much true of all the other Big 12 schools. Not better than Russell or Stidham at Baylor, I don’t think. Not better than a healthy Boykin at TCU, for sure. Think he’s better potentially than the OSU QBs, anything in the Midwest, which brings us to Oklahoma. He’s not better than one of the guys he succeeded at Tech, Baker Mayfield. The only redeeming factor for Tech fans is that Mahomes is a very nice talent. He can do a little bit of everything. Just needs to stay healthy and stop taking so many hits.

This is a man that watched zero Texas Tech football games this year.

Catching Up With Gilmore. LAJ’s Don Williams catches up with redshirt freshman De Lonzell Gilmore, who is recovering from a torn labrum, but Mike Smith had said he is up to 240 and could get bigger:

“He’s got really long arms and can run,” Smith said.

Gilmore’s learning both end and rush end in Tech’s scheme — the positions played by 270-pound Branden Jackson and 243-pound Pete Robertson, two of the seniors. It’s too early to say where he’ll wind up, but he looks the part for either.

“He’s going to be a big kid,” Smith said.

Checking in on Ellison. Red Raider Sports’ Will McKay checks in on offensive lineman Trace Ellison, who offensive line coach Lee Hays has a nasty streak and can play guard or tackle:

Trace has been a pleasant surprise. He’s got a little nasty streak in him that I didn’t realize he had. He has looked good in one-on-ones, he has picked it up good. He has been a bit of a surprise.

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