The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: February 1st

Texas Tech received a new football commitment from last night, Branden Jackson is invited to the NFL Combine and an addition to the strength and conditioning staff.

Miscellaneous

Baylor Ignored Rape Allegations. If you were enjoying your day yesterday then you may want to take a moment to read ESPN’s Outside the Lines report on the lack of Baylor investigating the numerous sexual assaults that have ocurred at Baylor by the football program. There is an accompanying video that I couldn’t finish. Here’s a bit:

Both women said McCraw’s response noted that Kim, also a Baylor athlete, was the sixth woman to report such an incident involving Elliott.

“I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, six?’ ” Kim said. “We essentially asked, ‘Well, why are there six?’ and, ‘Well, does the football team know about this? Does Art Briles know about this?’ And she said, ‘Yes, they know about it, but it turns into a he said-she said, so there’s got to be, actually a court decision in order to act on it in any sort of way.’ ”

But that contradicts the directive issued in the 2011 letter from the U.S. Department of Education — one that McCraw would testify in court that she received — that states a criminal investigation “does not relieve the school of its duty under Title IX to resolve complaints promptly and equitably.”

Kim said she asked about a restraining order. She said McCraw told her it would essentially simply consist of a letter sent to Elliott telling him to not come near her, “and then you kind of hope for the best.”

Kim said she believed McCraw was trying to talk her out of pursuing anything against Elliott.

That’s right. Six alleged rapes by one player. Art Briles (allegedly) knew about it, and didn’t do anything about it. Yesterday, after the report came out, Baylor announced that they were conducting an investigation about how they previously handled those investigations (via SI). I don’t know what to think any more. It seems that if Baylor had really cared after the Sam Ukwauchu case, they would have had this investigation on-going since that time, but it took yet another report about how Baylor was failing it’s students, in particular the female students.

Why are campus cops handling rape investigations anyway, why do they have jurisdiction over this and why don’t these proceed like normal rape investigations where the police and District Attorney are involved from the beginning?

Lady Raiders Basketball

Possible Freshman of the Year. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot and Carlos Silva, Jr. write that freshman guard Japreece Dean appears to be the leading candidate for Big 12 Freshman of the Year:

The Texas Tech point guard has won the weekly award four times. And after scoring 21 points and pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out four assists in a 54-44 win over Kansas on Saturday, she gained another supporter — Jayhawks coach Brandon Schneider.

“Japreece really controlled the game. She is having a really good year and I hope she gets some strong consideration as one for the better freshmen in the league,” Schneider said. “She is a heck of a player and has a bright future.”

Football

Sports Chat. DMN’s Corbett Smith did a chat about DFW recruiting and someone asked about QB Jett Duffey:

Question: From what you have seen from Texas Tech this season with Patrick Mahomes, how would you say Jett Duffey would fit into Kingsbury’s system?
Corbett Smith: Jett Duffey is a perfect fit for that system – strong arm, quick feet. If things break for him well in a few years, he should be Mahomes’ successor. But you never know in the crazy world of college quarterbacking.

Smith was also asked about Houston Miller and is high to quite high on him:

Question: Player in this year’s class most likely to be a freshman All-American next year?
Corbett Smith: Here’s an off-the-wall pick: Keller’s Houston Miller.
Freshmen are going to have to go somewhere where they are needed immediately. Tech’s defense needs lots of help. Miller can do a number of things well.

New Addition to Strength and Conditioning Staff. I had no idea, but thanks to STP commenter, Doug Weiser, Rusty Whitt has added to his strength and conditioning staff as he added Scott Salwasser, previously at California. You can check out Salwasser’s California bio and it appears that Salwasser worked at Louisiana with Whitt from 2009 through 2011 and his focus at Cal was on improving speed. IF you want to follow him on Twitter, here is that Twitter handle, @TTU_CoachSal.

Football Updates.

Go get’em Branden.

Recruiting Updates.

Commitment #26 is Douglas Coleman. I’ll have a write-up on Coleman later today.

Killian appears to be a preferred walk-on and has committed to Texas Tech. A 6-3/230 tight end and long snapper from Keller, the same high school as Houston Miller. Here is Killian’s Hudl video. He’s a pretty decent blocker.

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