The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.01.25

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech’s athletics.

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Still Waiting. Quick update on my nephew, Jenson, surgery was delayed until today. There were complications with the person having surgery before Jenson, it was getting late in the day, so they decided to wait until today. It’s a 5 hour surgery and should start at 1:00 p.m. today.

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Preseason All-American. Congrats to Steven Gingery for being named the D1Baseball preseason first team All-American. Other first team Big 12 notables include Baylor catcher Seah Langeliers and TCU designated hitter Luken Baker.

Preview of #5. Baseball America’s Teddy Cahill previews your #5 Red Raiders, including a projected lineup that you can check out:

Path to Omaha: Before Tadlock took over the program in 2013, Texas Tech had never reached the College World Series. Now, the Red Raiders have become a powerhouse in the Big 12 and are seeking their third trip to Omaha in five years. Martin and Gingery are the headliners, but Texas Tech’s pitching staff has impressive depth and experience that will help its younger lineup find its feet early in the season. By the end of May, the Red Raiders should be one of the most complete teams in the country and be among the serious national title contenders.

I should also mention that I had an error regarding Zayne Williams as I wrote on Monday that Williams had 23 hits at Alvin JC, but he actually had 23 RBI.

Texas Tech Basketball

Big 12 / SEC Challenge Preview. NCAA’s Joe Boozell has 11 things to look forward to for Saturday’s Big 12 / SEC Challenge and for Texas Tech and South Carolina, it’s defense:

Texas Tech ranks 59th in offense and fourth in defense. South Carolina ranks 162nd in offense and 25th in defense.

If a defensive struggle gets your basketball juices flowing, this game is for you. Both teams rank outside of the top 175 in pace, too — so there may be even less scoring than you’d think. If neither team cracks 55, don’t be shocked.

Part of what makes college basketball great is the diversity of styles. We see Texas Tech go up against offensive juggernauts like Oklahoma and Kansas, and South Carolina try to hold down Florida and Kentucky. This game will be like looking in a mirror. It should be fun – in a hoops hipster kind of way.

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Assistant Coach Salary Discussion. A-J Media’s Don Williams has a very lengthy discussion with Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt on the state of assistant coach salary pool. There’s a lot there, so you really need to read it yourself, but Hocutt says that increase of salaries is largely dependent upon the candidates and then also market based.

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says he’s committed to giving Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury the resources he needs to put the best staff around him. Exactly how many more dollars can be diverted football’s way remains to be seen.

Hocutt wasn’t specific when asked this week how much the athletic department can go up financially to boost Kingsbury’s staff.

“It depends upon on the caliber of candidates,” he said. “We’re committed to giving Kliff the resources to hire the people that he needs to be successful. To a large degree, it’s twofold: One, it’s market-based, and then secondly, it’s dependent upon the caliber of individuals that we attract. And we’re getting some great candidates for the other three open positions we have now, just like we did for the defensive back position and the 10th assistant coach position that have been filled.”

High Receives Sixth Year. A-J Media’s Don Williams reports that Ja’Deion High was awarded a sixth year of eligibility and will return for the 2018 season. As Williams has mentioned, High was big on special teams and depending on how the inside receiver situation works out, he could see some snaps there.

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