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The Morning Stake: October 4th

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original-double-t Kliff Kingsbury had a short visit with visiting point guard Trae Young. Via ESPN, Young said he’s met Kingsbury before:

“It was cool,” Young told ESPN on Sunday night. “I’ve met him before, he played football at Tech when my dad was there. But he just wanted to let me know how much I was at wanted at the university.”

Football

original-double-t Unfortunately, no more night moves for Travis and the rest of the Texas Tech faithful as Texas Tech will kickoff against West Virginia at 11:00 am:

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams writes about the disparities in playing on the road versus at home:

“It shouldn’t be,” Kingsbury said. “Obviously, it takes time to get used to it if you’re a younger player, but I think with this group being a little more veteran than we’ve been offensively, with the quarterback and some of the skill positions, we feel like we should be able to handle it a lot better than we did the last couple of years.”

Tech had freshmen and sophomores starting at quarterback each of the previous three years, one of the factors to which Kingsbury alluded. That issue corrected itself this season as Patrick Mahomes II began the season with 17 career starts. Mahomes is questionable this week with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, though sophomore backup Nic Shimonek threw four of Tech’s school record-tying eight touchdown passes Thursday night when he came in for Mahomes.

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams has his football notebook from the press conference and notes that the injury to Patrick Mahomes is “day-to-day” and head coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t give any sort of indication as to what the severity of Mahomes’ injury is, so basically Mahomes is like you and I in that we’re all day-to-day. Also of note is that Nic Shimonek could start and Kingsbury has said that Shimonek is pretty mobile for a quarterback, used to play basketball and he can’t make mistakes. Kingsbury also said yesterday that there are a lot of questions about the special teams.

In player-returning-news, cornerback Paul Banks III should be back the next two weeks and that should help the secondary.

original-double-t Baylor’s Title IX coordinator resigned last night, this sentence . . . “Our understanding is that Patty was disappointed in her role in implementing the recommendations that resulted from the Pepper Hamilton investigation.”

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . Our pal David Ubben with Sports Spotlight has this week’s Big 12 notebook and Texas Tech on his merit-based power ratings . . . pretty interesting stuff from Sports Business Daily about declining viewership for sports . . . ESPN’s Mitch Sherman has the Big 12 Blog Bros weekly Big 12 rankings and they have Texas Tech 6th . . . via SI, the Supreme Court decided not to hear Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA case . . . Land Grant Gauntlet’s Chris Ross has the top five plays of the week and includes the Nic Shimonek Show . . .

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