The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: April 13th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Tennis

Baseball

Teams Chasing Texas Tech. The Big 12 site writes that the rest of the Big 12 is currently chasing Texas Tech:

Texas Tech, picked to finish fifth in the coaches preseason poll, sits atop the Big 12 standings at 11-1 with a 10-game conference win streak intact. The Red Raiders’ 10 straight Big 12 wins is tied for the fifth longest single-season win streak in conference history as TTU is the sixth team since 2000 to win 10 or more consecutive Big 12 games.

The 10-1 start by Texas Tech is the best in Big 12 play since Baylor opened the 2012 campaign with six straight conference series sweeps for an 18-0 start.

Texas Tech has an 11-1 record, while TCU is in second place, with a 6-3 record and Texas is in third place with a 5-4 record.

Football

Colorado Confident in Webb Joining Buffs. Via 24/7 Sports Keith Niebuhr, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said that he believes that the report that Davis Webb was visiting Auburn was erroneous and that he’s confident Webb will arrive in Boulder:

“He’s told me he’s coming time after time, so I just trust what he says,” MacIntyre told Buffzone.com.

Who Joins the Next Level? ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon was asked if Texas and Texas Tech are set to join the top four teams (which I presume is Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU):

Chatmon: No. The more likely scenario is one of the four dropping back to the pack while someone like Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas State or West Virginia rises. If I had to pick one of the two you mentioned for a rise during this upcoming season that would be Tech. Easy decision. The Red Raiders have Patrick Mahomes, who is nipping at the heels of Baker Mayfield for the moniker of Big 12’s best quarterback. Anytime you have a quarterback like Mahomes, nothing is out of the realm of possibility. I love what Charlie Strong has done at Texas but until I see a productive, consistent guy behind center, the Longhorns won’t be on my list of Big 12 title threats.

IMG vs. Texas HS Coaches. We’ve talked before about how IMG Academy, in Florida, is at a very contentious state with the high school football coaches in the state of Texas, who feel that IMG is taking their high school team’s best players, in turn robbing that coach of one of their best players on the team. IMG operates on their own as their a private academy and they play pretty much anyone anywhere. This comes via DMN’s Avi Zaleon who caught an interesting back and forth between the IMG quarterback coach, Richard Bartell, and some proponents of the high school game. The other interesting thing was the map from the 2015 recruiting cycle that lists all of the teams that visited IMG and the only Big 12 team to visit was West Virginia. You can add Baylor to that list now, but it will be interesting to see who follows.

Miscellaneous. Land Grant Gauntlet’s Chris Ross with a post on how within most of the country “Tech” generally refers to Texas Tech and not Virginia Tech or Georgia Tech. . .

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