The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: August 15th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Texas Tech Football

 We were talking about the new basketball practice facility and the volleyball team practiced at the rec center.

Texas Tech Baseball

 Chad Bettis returned from his battle with cancer last night to pitch 7 shutout innings.

Texas Tech Football

 A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about better special teams play for the Red Raiders. The article does cover pretty much the entire special teams spectrum, so here’s the intro:

“I guess I’d old enough to say, it’s not the first time things didn’t go the way I wanted in my life,” Robinson said in good humor.

The Tech special teams weren’t awful, but nor were they stellar — and negative plays loomed large in a couple of Big 12 losses with the Red Raiders allowing a kickoff-return touchdown at Kansas State and Clayton Hatfield missing an extra point in a 45-44 loss at Oklahoma State.

 I don’t think I actually linked to this yesterday, but #’s David Collier did confirm that Jett Duffey has returned to the team. I would guess that this was confirmed by others on Twitter, but I was out quite a bit over the weekend and this came up on Google News.

 Via ESPN, Baylor did not have a drug testing policy:

“What was really happening was the underlying message to them is, ‘Hey, the rules don’t apply to you,'” one regent said in the book. “You know, and they have been hearing that since the seventh grade anyway. Some rules do apply to everybody, and telling them they don’t apply is not calculated to make them productive citizens.”

According to the book: “Another regent said there was a concern that the no-testing policy drew recruits to Baylor who wanted to smoke marijuana, and contributed to the football program’s problems of ‘getting bad guys.’ It also kept players who had addiction problems from getting help, with one regent referencing the 2010 arrest and subsequent suspension of Baylor football players Josh Gordon and Willie Jefferson, who were found asleep in a local Taco Bell drive-thru lane and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. Multiple failed drug tests would derail Gordon’s NFL career. ‘We didn’t do anything to help him apparently,’ the regent said.”

This should surprise no one, but those sons of guns actually didn’t have a drug policy. Briles really didn’t give an eff in any way shape or form.

 Miscellaneous . . . via LandGrant Gauntlet, they have their preseason poll and as expected, Texas Tech is 9th, just not a lot of confidence in Texas Tech right now . . . Heartland College Sports ranks the Big 12 wide receivers has Texas Tech 3rd overall . . .

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