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The Morning Stake | 2017-11-01

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Baseball America’s Teddy Cahill wrote about J-Bob Thomas as he was named Baseball America’s Assistant Coach of the Year for 2017:

Tadlock and Thomas have known each other since Thomas’s prep playing days in Duncanville, Texas, when Tadlock was the coach at Grayson County (Texas) JC. Their relationship grew during Thomas’ seven years at Howard. Tadlock was often recruiting players from Howard, such as Zach Neal and Burch Smith. By the time Tadlock got the Texas Tech job, he and Thomas were talking every day and he had become convinced that Thomas could succeed as a recruiter at a four-year school.

“I wanted to give him an opportunity to do it at this level,” Tadlock said. “It was just the right thing to do. When a guy’s working as hard as he was working, doing it for 5-6 years – if you can win in Big Spring, Texas, in that region, you’re doing something right. That’s as tough a junior college region as there is in the country.”

Make sure and read this, you’ll enjoy it.

Texas Tech Basketball

As noted above, the men’s team has an exhibition game today against Angelo State today at 7:00 p.m. at the United Supermarket Arena. The Standard Times’ Charles Bryce writes about the Rams and their desire to play a Division I opponent as Angelo head coach Cinco Boone was an assistant at ASU when Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard coached there.

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about how walk-on Andrew Sorrells has improved over the course of the year and be the best player he can be for the program.

“Every player is important and everybody has their own role on this team,” Sorrells said. “My role is a little bit different than some of the starters. But I know there’s different ways that I can contribute to the team, whether it’s in practice making other people better and elevating the level of practice. And there’s different ways, on and off the court, that I can contribute to this team.”

Texas Tech Football

A-J Media’s Don Williams has a notebook from yesterday’s press conference. To reiterate, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that there’s a chance that K Clayton Hatfield is able to kick this weekend, that FB Mason Reed definitely won’t be back this week, while there is also a chance that RB Justin Stockton returns from injury and DT Nick McCann also possibly returns from last week (he was a coach’s decision).

RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz has takeaways from other player availability, DE Eli Howard, CB Desmon Smith and DT Broderick Washington. Here’s a bit from Howard on Washington:

Howard said the light was hard to see at the end of the tunnel when you’re on scout team and just lifting weights. However, he had help from one teammate and friend help him through his time – that being Washington.

“There’s a lot of people I could say that has helped me along this way but a person I like to work with is Broderick Washington,” Howards said. “He really brings a very certain type of intensity. He’s always working. He’s always wondering how he can get better.”

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about the increased workload for Tre King:

Stockton, a 5-10, 205-pound speedster, is expected to return when the Red Raiders host Kansas State at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.

“Yeah, I think he did a nice job,” Kingsbury said of King. “We’d like to have that one-two punch, so you don’t wear one guy out. But I thought he ran tough. That’s a physical defense he is playing against. He finished runs. We have a lot of faith that he can get the job done.”

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