The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: November 30th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Lady Raider Basketball

original-double-t This is ridiculous range.

Red Raider Basketball

Football

original-double-t Keke.

original-double-tSI’s Joan Niesen writes about all of the great players that we probably won’t see in a bowl game, including Patrick Mahomes:

Mahomes’s Red Raiders went 5–7 in 2016, finishing their season with a 54–35 win over Baylor that saw the quarterback throw for 586 yards and six touchdowns. Earlier this season, he logged 734 yards, a career high, against Oklahoma in a 66–59 shootout loss, and on the year, he had 5,052 passing yards, completing 65.7% for his throws, for 41 touchdowns. It’s hard to fault the quarterback for his team’s unholy lack of defense that doomed its hope of a bowl berth (the Red Raiders allowed more average yards per game to their opponents than any team in the past 20 years but the 2015 Kansas squad that failed to win a game), but critics can cite the Big 12’s overall inability to stop opposing offenses as an at least somewhat legitimate slight.

original-double-t This is interesting. An article from B/R’s Matt Hayes about how if you’re not cheating in college football then you’re not winning.

Is it possible to win in college football without cheating?

To get a sense of the landscape that programs and their potential coaches are facing, Bleacher Report posed this question to more than 30 current and former FBS head coaches—most of whom chose to remain anonymous for fear of harming their current or previous universities.

The overwhelming answer: Probably not. At least not right away.

Once a program is successful, the success can sustain itself. But by definition, most programs that turn over their coaching staffs have not been successful. Most are a mess.

original-double-t The coaching carousel is in full effect as Chad Morris has decided to stay at SMU after rejecting the latest offer from Baylor and now, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, Baylor is moving on to Sonny Dykes as a potential replacement. The thought is that Dykes wants to get back to Texas in a bad way and Dykes is 19-30 in his four seasons at Cal. If you want to LOL, via ESPN’s Sam Khan, Jr., Houston board of regent Tilman Fertitta is all mad at the Big 12 for not expanding, calling the process of expansion a sham (which it was) and being angry for Texas taking Houston’s “little” coach. Via Blatant Homerism, with Oregon now letting go of Mark Helfrich, the Ducks are looking at P.J. Fleck and Lincoln Riley. I think it’s a long-shot for Riley for Oregon, but he’s going to get a job soon.

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . an interesting article from Sports Business Daily about how to solve the problem with the Conference USA and the Sun Belt . . .

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