The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2017.11.06

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Brian sent me the skull from the OU poster, which was to *celebrate* El Dia de los Muertos. so I could put it on a t-shirt. It comes in black, gray, red and white t-shirts, a relatively normal t-shirt option and a tri-blend t-shirt if you like fancy things. I realize that introducing a day of the dead shirt for STP is somewhat ironic or possibly coincidental. And the Goin’ Band hat makes it a terrific touch if you ask me. Should also mention that if you order $45 or more, you get free shipping if you use this code: CHEER929522

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This was the last warm-up game for the Red Raiders before opening the season against South Alabama on Friday night. Zach Smith scored 12 adn Niem Stevenson had 11 points, but it was Zhaire Smith who came off the bench to score 13 points, making all four of his shots that led the team in scoring. Lots of players got lots of time as no one had more than 20 minutes. This is a really athletic team, one where the athletes will come at teams in waves. Beard has re-made this roster in that it’s got a ton of mid-sized athletes that can jump out of the gym. And Texas Tech just routed what is usually a decent New Mexico State team.

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A-J Media’s Don Williams — Williams: Tech, Kingsbury face reckoning after stunning loss:

Kliff Kingsbury deserves better. No Tech coach could have conducted himself with more class over the past five years than has Kingsbury, unfailingly courteous and polite, even after the toughest losses.

Kingsbury’s class has been met with a stunning incivility from the fan base that once embraced him. College football’s devolved into a cesspool on both sides, the people that run it and the people that watch it, though Kingsbury’s steered clear. There ought to be some appreciation for that.

Fighting to save his job, Kingsbury has parked potentially helpful players. Derrick Willies, once a fan favorite, and Desmond Nisby, still a fan favorite, didn’t play Saturday. Kingsbury has used the term “coaches’ decision” to describe both their absences. Seems he’d rather teach young men discipline than win at all costs.

A-J Media’s Nicholas Talbot — Shaken confidence: Mediocre Kingsbury era should end with loss to Kansas State:

Considering all the hoopla over his haircuts, it is a pretty fitting scenario for the Kingsbury era — an era that somehow didn’t end last season in Ames, Iowa despite an “embarrassing” 66-10 loss.

But, it certainly did Saturday.

I don’t want to hear the arguments anymore that he deserves to stay because he believes in the university and wants to be here — that no one wants to come to Lubbock. You think Matt Campbell is living large in Ames, Iowa?

No. But, he is building a winning program anyway.

Lubbock is actually a great college town. Sure, its location isn’t ideal, but it’s not a blip in the middle of nowhere like, say, Manhattan, Kansas.

A-J Media’s Don Williams — Tech-Kansas State notebook: Red Raiders forced to go without leading tackler:

Wide receiver Derrick Willies, defensive tackle Nick McCann and cornerback D.J. Polite-Bray didn’t play for the second game in a row. None of the three traveled for the previous game at Oklahoma in what Kliff Kingsbury termed a “coaches’ decision.”

Only Willies suited up Saturday.

Running back Desmond Nisby also was absent Saturday for what Kingsbury called a “coaches’ decision.”

Running back Justin Stockton, who missed the Oklahoma game with a head injury, returned and carried 10 times for 30 yards, increasing his single-season career high to 525 yards for the season.

A-J Media’s Don Williams — Red Raiders say they’re not finished after four-game losing streak:

Team captain Cameron Batson and one of his fellow Texas Tech seniors, Mych Thomas, promised Sunday they can pull themselves out of a month-long tailspin. That’s not necessarily easy with the Red Raiders in a four-game losing streak marked by two late meltdowns that took away what looked to be sure victories.

“I feel like we’re still up,” Batson, the Tech inside receiver, said after Sunday’s workout. “Guys are out here flying around. Really, as a player, you know things happen. You’ve been playing the game since you were little. … So you just have to flush out all the negative energy, think positive and keep moving forward.”

A-J Media’s Don Williams — Tech football notebook: Red Raiders lose defensive end Gilmore for season with knee injury: Lonzell Gilmore is out for the year with a knee injury that he had a couple of years ago. Willie Sykes was also out for the game on Saturday “dealing with some things” as Kingsbury said. There’s some other notes there as well, so check it out.

RedRaiderSports’ Will McKay — Takeaways: Kingsbury reflects on Saturday’s loss to K-State:

“You just focus on what you can control as a team. They know they’ve had moments when they’ve been really good, still feel like our best football is in front of us. We know these are big opportunities in front of us, these last three. Any time you get to go to AT&T Stadium, it’s a really special place to play. I think we’re 1-5 against Baylor in the last 6, so there’s a lot to play for, and our guys will be ready to go.”

Lots of other quotes here, essentially a recap of yesterday’s press availability.

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