The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: March 26th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Miscellaneous

Campus Photos. Totally Texas Tech’s TTURed has some terrific new photos, including renovations being made to the north end zone. Lots of construction.

Softball

Tennis

Men’s Team at Rice Invitational. The men’s tennis team be in Houston to compete in the Rice Invitational where the team will play a few opponents this weekend:

Texas Tech (19-2) is scheduled to face No. 74 William & Mary (Saturday — 12 p.m. CT) and No. 44 Drake (Saturday — 5 p.m. CT) followed by No. 40 Rice (Sunday — 12 p.m. CT).

The Red Raiders are coming off recent tournament success. Tech took home first place at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic where they defeated three ranked opponents over a three-day span.

Baseball

Texas Tech Takes the Series, Game 3 Today. Freshman pitcher Steven Gingery was terrific last night, leading Texas Tech to a 6-1 win over Oklahoma. Gingery pitched 7 solid innings and the offense continues to produce runs. Texas Tech has won the series and will play the third and final game of this series today at 2:00 pm.

Football

Spring Roster Released. The official site (and PDF) dropped the spring roster yesterday and I don’t really think this is any sort of update on the heights and weights, but just listing any new players, which there are a handful of new walk-ons. There were also apparently some number changes, but I haven’t looked that close at those. There was also a “Quick Facts” sheet, which doesn’t have a ton of information in it, but is one of those things that lists the team record and returning starters. Interestingly, it does list Devin Lauderdale as a returning starter.

Hocutt on the College Football Playoff Committee. SAEN’s Tim Griffin talks to Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt about heading the college playoff committee:

That background will make it tough for him to be intimidated by anything that might be said or written about him in his new CFP role — if he even notices.

“I’ve had my rear end chewed out so many times that I don’t take it personally,” Hocutt said. “Let’s just say I have thick skin.”

Some of Hocutt’s interest in the process is obvious, considering college football’s mushrooming appeal among fans. The CFP has only helped foster that.

“I appreciate the passion for the game of college football,” he said. “We are so fortunate to have the fanatical fans that we do. They all want what is best for their favorite programs. And any arrows I might get or criticism, I have thick skin and won’t take it personally.”

Can’t Be Worse. ESPN’s Jake Trotter did a Q&A and was asked about the Texas Tech defense:

Trotter: There’s just no way Texas Tech’s defense isn’t better this season, if for no other reason, the Red Raiders will finally have an incumbent defensive coordinator in David Gibbs. The players are not having to start all over again with a new system and new terminology, which alone should make a difference. Remember, Gibbs was Tech’s seventh defensive coordinator in as many years. Personnel-wise, the Red Raiders might also finally have a difference-maker up front in Breiden Fehoko, who started every game at DT as a true freshman. Having a player of All-Big 12 caliber inside the defensive line could do absolute wonders for what was one of the worst run defenses in Big 12 history.

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