The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: November 22nd

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Lady Raider Basketball

original-double-t Returning sophomore and one heck of a player Japreece Dean has been granted her full release and will transfer. This is a big loss for the team and I’d like to know why, but we may not get an answer. Dean had earned significant minutes this year thus far, but wasn’t really getting into the scoring column with Recee Caldwell and Arella Guirantes filling that role. Dean just couldn’t get any shots. See Exhibit “A” below. I wish Dean the best of luck moving forward.

original-double-t Exhibit “A”.

Red Raider Basketball

original-double-t The men play Auburn today at 5:00 pm. Preview coming up later today. LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes that the team has a chance to bond in Cancun:

“It’s a great opportunity for our team,” the Texas Tech coach said. “We’re going down there to win the trip. We’re going to win in team bonding. We’re going to win on the scoreboard, hopefully, or run out of time. We’re going to win bringing our team together and having a great experience together.”

Football

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams has his football notebook from yesterday’s press conference with Kliff Kingsbury, Patrick Mahomes and Justis Nelson. Kingsbury talked about how Jonathan Giles didn’t play as much on Saturday in that he just needs to play better, practice better and Keke Coutee is playing better overall. Noah Jones is still on the team, not practicing, but is focusing on academics.

original-double-tLAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that Kingsbury could do well to show more emotion moving forward.

Yes, Kingsbury clearly cares — even if he doesn’t show it on his sleeve the way Charlie Strong did in his final days at Texas.

Kingsbury is a Texas Tech alum, he gave everything he had when it was his time on the field for the Red Raiders.

He seems to work hard. He is at the athletic facilities for a few hours before most people have hit the snooze button on their alarm clock for the first time.

But it’s not clicking.

Something is missing.

original-double-t LAJ’s Don Williams has a list of things wrong with Texas Tech. It’s a detailed list and things that you all have brought up before: an inexperienced initial staff, too little toughness, player development, evaluate players better, and not enough transparency in the program (i.e. more access to the coaches). I know there’s a few of you who don’t like Don, but I think he’s spot on with his assessment. Don’s seen a lot of football and I’d guess he knows what works and what doesn’t after covering the team for so long.

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