The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: January 12th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Lady Raider Basketball

I can’t remember a win over a ranked opponent and in listening to the press conference, this hasn’t happened since 2013. Texas Tech beat #18 West Virginia 75-66 (box score). The leading scorer was Recee’ Caldwell, who scored 21 points on 7 of 19 from the field, while Arella Guirantes scored 14 and grabbed 10 boards and then Ivonne CookTaylor scored 17 on 7 of 12 while grabbing 6 boards. Also returning last night was Zuri Sanders, who injured her knee in the summer and made her first appearance of the year, so congrats to her.

Tennis

Football

Patrick Mahomes was in Tyler last night for the 2016 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award ceremony where D’Onta Foreman ended up winning, but also in attendance was Patrick Mahomes and Kliff Kingsbury supporting his former quarterback.

The dead period ends as of today, which means that you’ll start to hear and see coaches on Twitter visiting players. Since Kingsbury is in Tyler, see above, you’d imagine that he could be in East Texas for the day and then head to the DFW area. Of course, there really aren’t any players that Texas Tech recruiting are in East Texas, so maybe DFW is the first launching spot. Get ready. National Signing Day is February 1st.

Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel writes about the creation of the Pacific Pro Football, which is a new professional league to compete with the NFL, but it is intended to just be just for players 4 years from graduating from high school, the players will make $50,000 and the offenses will only be pro-style. One of the major complaints about college football is that the student athletes are essentially held hostage because the only option is college football. The season will be July through August. This really isn’t in competition with the NFL, but to be an option for players who don’t want to play college football.

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