The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: March 3rd

Your morning roundup of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Miscellaneous

Williams Named to AP’s Top 10 Beat writers. I know that some of you aren’t huge fans of Don Williams, but I like him and he was the only one in the media willing to voice his opinion about the Baker Mayfield situation. In any event, Williams was named as one of the Top 10 Beat Writers for under 30,000 in circulation yesterday. Congrats!

Lady Raider Basketball

Dean and CookTaylor Receive Big 12 Honors.

This is actually a great honor for both ladies, but whoever votes on this did NOT name Japreece Dean as the Freshman of the Year. That ain’t cool.

Baseball

Texas Tech Blows Out  New Mexico State.  This was a heck of a game, as Texas Tech took it to New Mexico State, 14-2, and split the mid-week series.

Basketball

Red Raiders Demolished by West Virginia. I didn’t get home from work until 8:30 last night and by that time, the game was over and it was a 22 point loss. I had to decide whether or not I wanted to watch the game or just go to bed. I went to bed.

Texas Tech lost to West Virginia 90-68 (Recap | Box Score) and head coach Tubby Smith was pretty blunt after the game:

“We were manhandled tonight,” Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith said. “We shot the ball OK, and we did some things well. We just couldn’t defend the post like we wanted to. We had a chance early in the game. I thought we were doing some things well. Then, we started to turn the ball over. Lately, that is uncharacteristic of us. I thought our kids fought hard, and they battled the best that they could tonight.”

The problem was that Texas Tech had 19 turnovers to only 9 for West Virginia and West Virginia had 34 points off of turnovers, had 15 second chance points and West Virginia had 19 offensive rebounds. Justin Gray led the team with 15 points and Aaron Ross had 14.

Texas Tech plays Kansas State on Saturday, the last conference game of the year.

Football

Kingsbury Completes Staff. I posted this last night, but Kingsbury completed his coaching staff by hiring DeShaun Foster as the running back coach and Karl Scott as the cornerbacks coach. I can’t find any connection between Foster and Kingsbury, but this is a situation where Kingsbury is hiring a guy who specializes in recruiting in Foster, who was the director of player development and high school relations.

I know that some of you were wanting to hire a Texas high school coach to take this spot, but Kingsbury went another direction. A coach who was looking for an opportunity to move up, and sometimes those guys are willing and wanting to work as hard as possible.

Of course, Kingsbury still has to hire a director of player personnel and high school relations, which could also be a high school coach looking to move up and I think I also recall Zac Spavital being in charge of recruiting as well as coaching linebackers

Do Work. So 3.6 miles is a long ways.

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