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The Morning Stake: October 11th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Housekeeping

 Hello everyone. We should be back up to full strength. California was terrific. My kids had a great time at Legoland, the beach and the zoo and we got to see my sister and her family all at the same time so it was good all the way around. Thanks for bearing with me as I get back into the swing of things.

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Texas Tech Basketball

 Both RedRaiderSports’ Will McKay and A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. both reported via the app “Twitter” that Keenan Evans, Justin Gray, Tommy Hamilton and Niem Stevenson will be at the Big 12 Media’s Days on October 24th.

Texas Tech Football

 I’m trying to catch what is more recent than not, and we’ll start with A-J Media’s Don Williams, who writes about the how this program needs to get past the hump that is West Virginia:

The Mountaineers graduated a lot of defensive personnel from those teams, but defensive coordinator Tony Gibson’s game plans worked against the Red Raiders. Gibson’s influence — whether defensive wizardry or just a small sample that panned out in the Mountaineers’ favor — shapes up as an X factor when No. 24 Tech (4-1, 1-0 in the Big 12) visits West Virginia (3-2, 1-1) for a game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“He’s just done a tremendous job,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday, “not only schematically but recruiting to his scheme. When you look at the past three or four years, how many of those guys have gone on to play in the NFL, it’s a huge number when you’re talking about linebackers and safeties and corners, so that’s a credit to him and what he does.”

 A-J Media’s Nicholas Talbot writes about the condolences that were given by head coach Kliff Kingsbury and some of the players on Tuesday:

“I’d like to offer our condolences of the family of the fallen officer and the entire Texas Tech police department. We obviously work closely with those guys at Texas Tech PD and it’s a tough situation for everybody involved,” Kingsbury said. “We greatly appreciate the immediate response and communication from our university and all the law enforcement agencies involved that allowed us to be safe. … Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family at this time.”

 A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about Dana Holgorsen’s Big 12 media conference and Holgo thinks that Texas Tech’s defense is playing much better:

“That’s quite evident when you turn the video on and look at it,” he said Monday during the Big 12 media teleconference. “They’re playing a lot better. Clearly, a lot better. Which is not surprising. We’ve got a lot of respect for coach (David) Gibbs and what he’s accomplished in his career. We knew it was only a matter of time before he got those guys right. …

“He’s doing a great job of creating turnovers and playing with a lot of energy. They’re lining up the right way and got a lot more depth. Clearly, they’re a lot better than they have been in the last couple of years, which is not surprising to us.”

  Miscellaneous . . . RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz has reactions from player availability yesterday from McLane Carter, Justus Parker and Kolin Hill . . . A-J Media’s Nicholas Talbot has a notebooky column about how Desmond Nisby has improved, but Kingsbury reiterated that Nisby needs to continue to learn the offense, that Lonzell Gilmore, Mason Reed and Douglas Coleman are all questionable and some other notes from yesterday . . . ESPN’s Big 12 power rankings are out and they’ve still got Texas Tech at 6th overall . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo has his Big 12 power rankings and has Texas Tech 5th overall . . . LandGrant Gauntlet’s Patrick Mayhorn has what he learned from week 6 in the Big 12 . . . SI has their top 25 power rankings and Texas Tech checks in at #25 . . .

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