The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: June 15th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Lady Raider Basketball

Pretty sure that all of the teams are getting iPads.

Texas Tech Baseball

Buy your very own Staking The Plains t-shirt at the Staking The Plains Threadless Shop. Click on that danged shirt (or the link).

Texas Tech baseball had three more players drafted yesterday and congrats to all three of them. Junior pitcher Jacob Patterson was drafted in the 13th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Junior shortstop Orlando Garcia was drafted in the 15th round by the San Francisco Giants. Senior Hunter Hargrove was picked in the 25th round by the Oakland Athletics.

Additionally, Texas Tech signee Cordell Dunn was drafted in the 19th round by the Toronto Blue Jays and Cody Masters was drafted by the Boston Red Sox int he 40th round. Dunn is a catcher from Mississippi and Masters is an outfielder from Coppell.

We’re not done just yet. Steven Ginger, Hunter Hargrove and Orlando Garcia each earned ABCA / Rawlings All-Region Awards yesterday. Gingery was also named to as a first team All-American for the NCBWA and Perfect Game USA as well as being named the pitcher of the year for College Diamonds.

NewsOK’s Berry Tramel writes to keep an eye on Tim Tadlock as the next head coach for Oklahoma, while Sooner Scoop’s John Shinn writes that you can forget thinking about Tadlock because of his contract and Shinn is correct. Via the LAJ, Tadlock’s contract with Texas Tech says taht he cannot go to another Big 12 school until one year after the termination of the contract:

The new deal keeps in place a non-compete clause mandating Tadlock is “not to engage in employment with another Big 12 Conference school or any other conference in which University is a member in any coaching capacity within one year of termination of this agreement … .”

The two sides contractually agree the buyout money is insufficient payment should Tadlock jump from Tech to coaching a conference opponent.

Texas Tech Football

iPads too.

LandGrant Gauntlet’s Jay Jordan the need to improve the defense for Texas Tech and identifies two areas for improvement:

The first area is third downs created. The Red Raiders gave up the most first downs per game to opponents in the Big 12 (27/game). Red Raider opponents only faced 164 third downs, last in the Big 12. That means that opponents moved down the field achieving first downs without having to face many third down opportunities.

Second, Tech only gained 13 turnovers on the season. Tech will turn the ball over based on their style of offense, therefore, it is critical that they create turnovers. Turnovers are not predictable, nor are they easy to create. Pressure and scheme deception have the highest correlation with turnover creation. It will be critical that Tech employ some combination of those two to create additional turnovers in 2017.

Additionally, Jordan looks at other things to improve the defense, so check it out.

Yesterday, new Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley hired Ruffin McNeill as an assistant coach and of course, it makes you think about what could have been when Leach was terminated and Tuberville was hired. The perfect step-ins for Texas Tech was McNeill with Riley as the offensive coordinator.

# Texas Tech received a second commitment yesterday in addition to QB Alan Bowman. That’s Lancaster DT John Graves III (6-2/260) committed to Texas Tech. This is the first commit that I know of that has done it by video, yes a video commitment. I know I need to do a commitment post, but have just run out of time (each evening around 7:30, I’m going to pick up Fitsum as Cub Scout camp, which is about half an hour away, so it’s a full hour out of my evening, plus I’ve got to get him cleaned up when he gets home).


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