The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: May 16th

Staking The Plains Admim

This is my last day before my vacation. I’ve got open threads scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a weekend open thread for Saturday. The baseball thread is set to go up on Thursday at noon as the games are Thursday through Saturday rather than Friday through Sunday. I’ve also got some football posts scheduled for Wednesday and Friday.

Texas Tech Golf

Texas Tech Tennis

Texas Tech Track and Field

Texas Tech Baseball

Texas Tech held steady with D1Baseball and with BaseballAmerica at #4. That’s good news heading into the last conference series of the year. As an aside, the games this weekend are actually Thursday through Saturday and both Thursday and Friday night are evening starts. The series preview and weekend thread goes up at noon on Thursday. Again, Texas Tech needs to sweep Kansas in order to take a share of the Big 12 Title.

Texas Tech Football

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback was robbed at gunpoint by the guy on the left in Tyler. Everybody is okay, but if you’re robbing people at gunpoint at the age of 34 then something has gone horribly wrong. Oh, and they have already found these two dudes, so all is well.

Jonathan Giles announced on Twitter that he’s headed to LSU. God speed.

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Red Raider Sports’ Will McKay continues with part three of his interview of Dayna McCutchin, the Texas Tech athletic department dietician. The whole series is great she also gives an idea of where she wants the program to be in a few years.

LAJ’s Don Williams spoke with new transfers Derrick Mitchell, Jr. and Thomas Leggett. We had previously heard from Leggett, but not from Mitchell and here’s a bit from Mitchell on his transfer:

β€œI didn’t know if I was going to keep playing football after the birth of my son,” Mitchell said. β€œI was just going to hang it up and then start taking care of my son and start working on taking care of my family. I really didn’t know if I wanted to keep playing football at that time. No one had really offered me a scholarship, so it was about me reaching out and seeing what was available out there.”

Mitchell took a visit to McKendree, a Division II school that finished 8-3 last season. He said Bowling Green, Oklahoma State, the Citadel and Youngstown State also reached out to him. Mitchell came to Lubbock in late April to visit Willies and ponder his future.

β€œI talked to him about the predicament I was in and what I wanted to do,” Mitchell said. β€œHe told me I had another year, so I might as well do it, so he talked to the coaches for me and it went from there.”

ESPN has additional post spring Big 12 rankings, including a rank of 9th for the offensive line and 10th for the defensive line.

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