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The Morning Stake: June 1st

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Baseball

Tadlock’s Contract. LAJ’s Nicolas Talbot has some details on head coach Tim Tadlock’s new contract:

The six-year contract is worth just under $2.4 million in annual salary — not including performance bonuses. Tadlock is slated to make $375,000 in base compensation beginning July 1. He will also make $375,000 in the 2017-18 university calendar year and then gets a raise to $400,000 in the following three years. In the final year of the contract he will earn $425,000.

Under his current contract Tadlock made more than $12,000 — or 1/2 of one month’s salary — for leading the Red Raiders to the NCAA Regional. He gets the same bonus again if Tech advances to the NCAA Super Regional and then again for the College World Series. The new contract calls for the same 1/2 month’s salary for those milestones.

Some folks are concerned about Tadlock and UT and sure, that’s problematic until the Longhorns hire someone, but I think he wants to be in Lubbock. That doesn’t mean you should, or shouldn’t be concerned, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Sold Out.

Football

No. 42. Athlon Sports has Texas Tech at #42 overall and thinks Texas Tech will finish #6 in the Big 12:

Texas Tech enters 2016 needing to replace several critical pieces on offense and defense, but those losses should be softened by the return of Mahomes, one of the best quarterbacks in the country. It’s probably too much to expect another record-setting season on offense, but the potential for elite production is there as long as players in vital roles step up to support Mahomes.

Defensively, the youth movement is on. The young core of Fehoko, Hinton, and Johnson is promising, but overall experience is scary low across the board, and the depth situation is just as frightening. Success may come only in the form of baby steps this fall. A 7–5 or 8–4 season is likely in the cards for the Red Raiders, as so many new players will have to take on vital roles.

Miscellaneous. Two Baylor staffers were fired, Tom Hill and Colin Shillinglaw, and they were of the lower level variety . . .

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