The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: December 28th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Campus Photos

 Totally Texas Tech has some new campus photos of the Carol of Lights and of a new art installation, the “Texas Rising”. Here’s some samples.

Red Raider Basketball

Football

The Buffalo Bills fired Rex Ryan and then promoted offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn who is a former Texas Tech running back. I don’t know how long it will last for Lynn since he’s been with Ryan and his staff since 2009, but Lynn will be the head coach of an NFL football team for at least one game. Luckily, Lynn and the Bills will face the Jets on Sunday.

LAJ’s Don Williams writes that Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt is still trying to re-arrange the 2017 schedule, but needs help from Houston and Eastern Washington to avoid having just one bye in week #2 of the season:

“No progress,” Hocutt said. “It’s probably dead. But there’s another option that we may try to spend some time on and ask them to reconsider — just all focused on not having a bye in week two. But it’d require about six dominos to fall, and the likelihood of that’s not strong. It’s close to dead.”

In early December, Hocutt said he was open to a Tech-Kansas State Big 12 opener on Sept. 9 in Lubbock, because both teams were open that weekend. Instead, Kansas State elected to move a non-conference game against Charlotte from Sept. 23 to Sept. 9 to be open the week before its Big 12 opener.

“They said they’ve opened up the Big 12 schedule the last five years on the road, K-State has,” Hocutt said, “and so they really were adamant that they did not open the Big 12 schedule on the road. And they didn’t want to play a Big 12 opponent in week two, so to each their own.”

There’s also the note that the contract between Mississippi and Texas Tech has not been signed yet, just waiting on a television piece to fall into place.

Go vote for DeAndre!

RRS’ Drew Kohnle gets to know early enrollee WR Bronson Boyd. Lots of questions and answers, but here’s two:

What is a personal strength that you will bring to the table at Tech?

“My size, speed, and route running. I’m 6-foot-2, so being at that size and being able to run with speed. My route running has come a long way from working with my trainer. I’m excited to see how my route running compares to collegiate DBs.”

What is the one thing that you need to work on in order to play at the next level?

“I need to learn to play at a pace. You can’t go full-throttle the whole time. You have to pace yourself on certain routes, and I really just need to learn patience.”

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