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The Morning Stake: November 4th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Hall of Fame

original-double-t LAJ’s Don Williams writes about the seven member Hall of Fame Class:

Football defensive back Ted Watts (1978-80), baseball catcher Josh Bard (1997-99), football receiver-return man Wes Welker (2000-03), basketball guard Jia Perkins (2000-04) and track and field runner Jonathan Johnson (2002-05) comprise the Hall of Fame class. The ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center.

The late Jennie Bailey, a 28-year athletic department employee who died of cancer in June 2015, will be inducted into the Hall of Honor, and Bill Dean, president and CEO of the Tech Alumni Association, will receive the Heritage Award.

Volleyball

Lady Raider Basketball

Baseball

Red Raider Basketball

original-double-tUSA Today has a Big 12 prview and they actually pick Texas Tech to finish 5th overall:

► What to watch: Texas Tech found its way into last season’s NCAA tournament despite being average across the board, earning veteran Tubby Smith the Big 12 coach of the year award before he departed to become the head coach at Memphis. Chris Beard took over as head coach and had a busy offseason. The Red Raiders lost three players to graduation and five non-rotation players transferred. They will be replaced by three graduate transfers and two junior college signees. The active roster consists of seven seniors and six juniors, all of varying experience levels at Texas Tech.

There’s another paragraph that isn’t totally accurate as it mentions that Tommy Hamilton should be ready and he has to sit out the year as a transfer, but still, not bad to be picked 5th in the Big 12.

original-double-tLAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes about tonight’s exhibition game tonight at 7:30 pm against Missouri Western State. I don’t have any sort of preview, I’m waiting until the 11th to start for me. Head coach Chris Beard says that he’s not all to worried about the starting five, but is more worried about the rotation:

“We aren’t too concerned with the starting five,” Beard said. “The big thing is the rotation. We’ve got 12 guys who have all shown the ability to contribute. It’s hard to play 12 in a college basketball game. The competition’s been great in practice. This is the next step.”

Football

# Here’s the original tweet:

And the Dylan Cantrell option:

original-double-tESPN’s Mitch Sherman has a good Q&A with K clayton Hatfield:

What were you thinking during the overtime possession before your winning kick?

Hatfield: My teammates on the sideline, the trainers and strength staff, everybody just told me they believed in me, that I could do it. I had the confidence to go out there for my teammates. I couldn’t have done it without them. That was the main thing that kept my head level.

original-double-tRRS’s Aaron Dickens recaps KLiff Kingsbury’s appearance on Thursday night and maybe the most surprising news is that Tony Morales could play for 2 or 3 more years after this year if he wants and that they’ve totally changed up the pre-game routine for the 11:00 a.m. game.

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams writes about how time flies for the seniors and mainly writes about how it’s more beneficial to redshirt players than not, noting that guys like Malik Jenkins didn’t redshirt and hasn’t taken a redshirt year since, so his four years are up. The same thing is true of Antoine Cox-Wesley, who has seen just a few snaps but has needed to play because Derrick Willies, Devin Lauderdale, and Ja’Deion High were all out last week.

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . via Scout, last week, LB Riko Jeffers was the prospect of the week and DE Nelson Mbanasor was the commit of the week . . . Land Grant Gauntlet’s Chris Ross picks the Big 12 games this week . . . Football Study Hall’s Bill Connelly has this week’s S&P+ and F/+ picks and it’s a bit mixed for Texas Tech . . . what the hell? ESPN’s Big 12 Blog Bros all pick Texas Tech to win . . . Sports On Earth’s Matt Brown picks this week’s big games in college football including Texas-Texas Tech . . .

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