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The Morning Stake: June 28th

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Senior guard Larryn Brooks will leave the program and essentially be a graduate transfer in order to be closer to her mother who is in poor health. Brooks averaged 9.3 points a game last year. I only saw this reported on the Double-T 97.3 site and didn’t see it posted on the official site.

Texas Tech Baseball

A really nice article from LAJ’s Sarah Self-Walbrick summarizing the eulogy for Bobbie Ray “Rip” Griffin:

Larry Hays, former baseball coach at Lubbock Christian and Texas Tech and a longtime friend of Griffin, said Griffin’s experience growing up during the Depression gave him a soft spot for children. Griffin always remembered where he came from, Hays said, and felt that no child should grow up the hard way.

Griffin also supported higher education and athletics, making generous monetary and time donations to the city’s universities. He was on the Lubbock Christian Board of Trustees for 42 years, according to a statement issued by the university. Rip Griffin Park at Texas Tech was named in his honor in 2012. The Lubbock Christian basketball and volleyball teams have played at the Rip Griffin Center since 2000.

On the baseball field is where Hays first encountered Griffin. Hays said he would often see a man in a suit show up in the third or fourth quarter of a baseball game to intently watch the action, noting the coach’s every signal and the players’ moves.

Texas Tech Basketball

 RedRaiderSports’ Drew Kohnle writes about visiting power forward Jal Bijiek (6-8/200), a 2018 player out of Creating Young Minds Academy, which is in Dallas, will visit Texas Tech this week:

Bijiek said that he primarily plays small forward if you had to classify his position but can cycle through the 3, 4 or 5 positions and can even play the 2 based off of his shooting ability. Bijiek is also already being asked to defend all positions, 1-5 on the court as well.

Bijiek has all the talent to become a star player at the next level — his 7+ foot wingspan has caught him plenty of attention — but he just needed another year of seasoning and strength training to get to that level and Bijiek chose no better place to accomplish that than CYM. At CYM, it is strictly basketball. No phones. No social media. Just basketball, every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Texas Tech Football

 Get to know defensive back Thomas Leggett.

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

 AthlonSports ranks the Big 12 coaches and Kliff Kingsbury ranks #9, right ahead of David Beatty:

9. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech
Kingsbury is 24-26 through four seasons at his alma mater and enters 2017 squarely on the hot seat. The former Texas Tech quarterback took over the program in 2013 after joining the collegiate ranks as an assistant in 2008. Kingsbury spent four years at Houston, followed by a successful one-season stint at Texas A&M in 2012. The Red Raiders appeared to be trending in the right direction after an 8-5 mark in Kingsbury’s debut. However, the program has one winning record over the last three years and is just 13-23 in Big 12 play since 2013. Scoring points hasn’t been a problem for Texas Tech, but the defense has surrendered over 40 points a game in three consecutive seasons.

 I mentioned yesterday that Baylor would be releasing a spreadsheet of the sexual assaults since 2003 and the AP’s Jim Vertuno tweeted out that the reason why Baylor is doing this is because Baylor didn’t want to give plaintiffs’ attorneys their actual assault files with details . . . if you would prefer to read to read Baylor’s response via Deadspin as to why they don’t want to release the records, they have the actual pleadings and I haven’t read them, but would guess that by not releasing the records, they are protecting the victims . . .

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