The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: May 12th

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Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Miscellaneous

Adoption Update II. Remember when I told you that Youssouf would be home on Saturday night. Well, things change really quickly. Youssouf will be home tomorrow night, Friday the 13th.

Track & Field

Basketball

Where Beard Wants to Be. ESPN’s Dana O’Neil writes about how head coach Chris Beard is where he is supposed to be:

Three weeks later he was off to Texas Tech, ditching the Runnin’ Rebels before the ink could dry on his agreement, setting off the endless jokes and the requisite shouting over loyalty and jilting. Beard took the jokes and endured the criticism, trying to make folks understand that Texas Tech, where he spent years as both Bob and Pat Knight’s assistant, was his dream job, especially because his three daughters lived so close by.

Some people, especially and understandably UNLV fans and administrators, will never accept his rationale but there is no denying Beard is now where he wants to be.

And contentment ought to count for something.

Baseball

National Seed No. 6. D1 Baseball still has Texas Tech as a national seed, which means that they’ll host a regional at the No. 6 team in the nation and if they advance, they are automatically assured of hosting a super regional as well. In their pod is Wright State, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State.

Football

Returning Offensive Production. ESPN’s Max Olson has the returning passing, rushing and receiving production. Texas Tech is currently 8th overall, with 93% of the passing returning, 37% rushing and 66% receiving. I’m get the idea behind this, but I have two thoughts: 1) good offensive teams usually always produce pretty good offenses; and 2) a returning quarterback who can play is more significant than not having receivers return.

Ranking Big 12 RB’s. ESPN’s Jake Trotter has the Big 12 rankings for running backs and has Texas Tech 7th overall:

7. Texas Tech (7): Filling the shoes of two-time 1,000-yard rusher DeAndre Washington won’t be easy, but the Red Raiders liked what they saw out of Justin Stockton this spring. Stockton won’t be able to pound the ball between the tackles the way Washington did. But he’s a home-run threat anytime he touches the ball, which figures to be often this season. Demarcus Felton won the backup job coming out of the spring, but speedster Corey Dauphine could still be a factor, as well.

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