The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: June 3rd

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Your daily dose to all things Texas Tech athletics, including an update on how Texas Tech voted on the “Baker Mayfield” rule.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Ed. Note: We’ll have Eats and Bounds coming up later this morning at 10:00 am as well as a big preview and baseball post at noon. Texas Tech baseball starts at 2:00 pm

Lady Raider Basketball

Basketball

Francis-Ramirez to Visit Texas Tech and Rutgers. Via Adam Zagoria, Florida combo-guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez will visit two programs, Texas Tech and Rutgers, with the Texas Tech visit happening this weekend:

“Texas Tech is a great school as well,” Francis-Ramirez said. “Their basketball program and their conference is really competitive. The new coaching staff is showing me good energy.”

He said he can play both guard spots.

“I’m a combo guard, I’m really comfortable playing the one or the two,” he said. “I just want to have the ball in my hands and produce.”

Football

Moving In. A handful of players are moving in this weekend and RRS’s Will McKay talked with Houston Miller, who has been working this spring and can’t wait to get there in a day or two:

Miller’s been trying to give himself as much of a head start heading into the summer offseason, too, working hard all spring in the weight room. He’s up to 250 pounds right now, and he feels great physically.

“The spring went great. I’ve been working out, been doing everything the coaches sent us, been doing my own thing, just trying to become the best I can be before I get there. I’m just ready to tear it up when I get there. That’s the biggest thing. I’ve put on weight, getting stronger and faster, and I haven’t lost any speed, actually gotten faster while putting on the weight, so that’s what was going on all spring.”

Weekend Visitors. Wreck’Em 24/7’s Carlos Silva, Jr. has a list of all of the weekend visitors, including the aforementioned Francis-Marquez as well as a handful of football players. It would not surprise me if there was at least one commitment this weekend.

Transfer Rule Reversed. Via College Football Talk, the Big 12 has now decided that Baker Mayfield will receive an extra year of eligibility and can play n 2017. I am as indifferent on this as the day is long and I think I’ve felt this way for the better part of a year and a half. If he plays, that’s great, if he doesn’t that’s fine too. Whatever.

And just as an FYI, Texas Tech supported Mayfield being able to have the extra year, at least according to Travis Haney in the vote the day before yesterday and yesterday:

Big 12’s Top Punt Returners. ESPN’s Jake Trotter ranked the Big 12’s top punt returners and there’s a guy wearing red and black who was at #1:

1. Wes Welker, Texas Tech (2000-03): Welker still holds the FBS career records with 1,761 punt return yards and eight punt return touchdowns; he also still owns the Big 12 record for punt return yards in a season. On top of being a dominant returner, Welker shined as a receiver for the Red Raiders. He ranks fifth in Big 12 history with 259 receptions and eighth in all-purpose yards.

Former Player Admits to Burglary & Firearm Theft. LAJ’s Gabriel Monte has the warrant for the arrest of Robert Castaneda where Castaneda said that he gave the money from the sale of the gusn to his father because his father was broke. LAJ’s Monte also reports that a second player was arrested, Trace Ellison, and here’s what I’ve been told through numerous sources since this thing happened:

Castaneda reportedly told investigators Ellison approached him and the other player with a plan to burglarize the home where he believed one of the residents sold marijuana.

Investigators spoke with Ellison at the Tech field house where he admitted to breaking into the home to steal drugs and money because he knew the home’s residents would be away. However, the three didn’t find drugs or money and stole the gun safe instead. Ellison admitted they used his pick up truck to drive away with the stolen safe.

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