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The Morning Stake: July 5th

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Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech, including a former track athlete going to Rio, Swoopes is fired at Loyola and could Patrick Mahomes break records at Texas Tech?

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Woot!

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Congrats Joe!

Track & Field

Roberts to Rio. Former Texas Tech runner Gil Roberts will be running in the Olympics at Rio after finishing 2nd in the 400-meter dash.

Of all things, LAJ’s Don Williams follows track and field pretty religiously, especially these sorts of events (this and rodeo at times) wrote about Roberts’ race, where he was actually disqualified in the semifinal, but won the protest and the final consisted of 9 runners. Here’s Roberts:

“Man, I’m ecstatic,” Roberts said. “Words can’t describe how I really feel right now, but I put everything into this season to make it to the Olympics. That’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and I’m on cloud nine right now.”

Lady Raider Basketball

Swoopes Fired from Loyola. Via the Chicago Sun Times, former Texas Tech basketballer Sheryl Swoopes was fired after alleged mistreatment of players and mass transfers for two years in a row:

“In response to the inquires made about the investigation, Sheryl is pleased and comfortable with its outcomes,” Swoopes spokesperson Kimberly Blackwell said in a statement. “She is disappointed, however, with the actions that have followed. In respect of the (July 4) holiday, we plan to have Sheryl’s voice heard at an appropriate time.”

Loyola announced its investigation — by the university, not the athletic department — on April 15. It eventually hired the law firm Dykema to assist.

Five players left after a 6-25 season in Swoopes’ second season, 2014-15, and 10 more after a 14-16 mark past year. Some former players and managers complained of psychological distress caused by Swoopes and her staff, sources told the Sun-Times.

Baseball

Football

Looking to Break Records. Sports On Earth’s Matt Brown writes about Washington State’s Luke Falk and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, both quarterbacks looking to break records at their respective schools:

Mahomes will have to keep throwing, too. While Texas Tech will likely make some sort of improvement on defense, the unit is still a huge work in progress. The Red Raiders ranked 125th in points allowed and lost games in which they scored 52 points (TCU) and 53 points (Oklahoma State). No lead is safe, and thus Kingsbury and his offense can never take their foot off the gas.

Mahomes is an excellent fit for Kingsbury’s version of the Air Raid, as he’s a terrific athlete who can help compensate for protection issues by moving the pocket. Get a bit more consistent with his accuracy and decision-making, and his ceiling is enormous, especially after his knee wasn’t 100 percent for a portion of last season.

The funny thing for me is that I don’t actually think that Mahomes is going to put up numbers that are insane, like 5,000 yards because I think that if Kingsbury had his choice, he’d rather play things like last year, let the ground game be a big part of the offense. Leach on the other hand has no need for your balance.

Break Out. CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli has five potential break out players for 2016 and has Mahomes as the #4 prospect:

The Big 12 always has more than its fair share of quarterbacks putting up big numbers, but while guys like Trevone Boykin, Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph and Seth Russell all received plenty of attention last year, Mahomes operated in relative anonymity.

That lack of attention did not keep Mahomes from throwing for more yards per game (357.9) than any other quarterback in the conference, as well as tying Mayfield for most touchdown passes (36).

The funny thing for me is that I haven’t thought that Mahomes is a break out candidate nationally, but that’s when I remind myself that I’m too close to this team.

Getting that Diploma.

Miscellaneous. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon predicts week 5 of the season and predicts a win against Kansas . . .

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