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The Morning Stake | 2018.03.23

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The Moon. Who would have thought that looking at the moon would have brought so many people together? I’m jealous I wasn’t there to take a look.

A New View of the Moon from Alex Gorosh on Vimeo.

Today, Dan has a Q&A with Nathan Baird of the Journal & Courier at 8:00 this morning, I think there’s a chance that Brian will have a poster today, I’ve got the baseball preview and series thread with Northeastern coming up at 9:00 and the basketball preview and game thread coming up at 10:00

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The Womble. There’s a very good chance that the new basketball practice facility will be named after Dusty Womble, a Red Raider who donated $10 million towards the new facility. The university system’s site wrote a story about Womble and there’s a very good chance that we’ll refer to that practice facility as “The Womble”:

“Chris and I hit it off well — he’s very likeable. He loves the university and is dedicated to building a winning program here. It makes it very easy to want to support — even before a lot of success. He’s not here to make the tournament — he’s here to win the Big 12, get to the Final Four and build a national program here,” said Womble.

“He would love to be the Coach K of Texas Tech,” he added.

“We’ll have a great facility in a great sports town in a Power 5 conference. We give him the resources, he’ll build a nationally prominent program,” said Womble.

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Scheier & Johns Media Availability. I’ve embedded the video below from the post-practice availability, which is just Scheier and offensive coordinator Kevin Johns, who wasn’t asked that many questions, so it’s just a couple of minutes of video. Scheier really just was asked about his impressions of Lubbock and his transition, being hired on a Thursday and spring football starting on that Saturday. No player specifics or anything like that for either coach.

Buy your very own Staking The Plains t-shirt at the Staking The Plains Threadless Shop. Click on that danged shirt (or the link).

New Coaching Faces. A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about the new coaches, including special teams coach Adam Scheier. Williams did ask head coach Kliff Kingsbury about Mike Leach’s reaction when Clay McGuire was hired (Leach essentially said that Kingsbury was on “thin ice”):

Asked about Leach’s reaction to his taking McGuire, Kingsbury said, “I wouldn’t say I took Clay. I think Clay was excited. He’s a big-time Red Raider and was excited to have an opportunity to be close to home and be back in Texas with his family, and so he made that decision and we’re excited for him. He’s a very good football coach and loves Texas Tech, so we’re honored that he was willing to join our staff.”

Speaking of Hot Seat. Rivals’ Adam Gorney asked Aaron Dickens and Mike Farrell (a national Rivals writer) about Kingsbury being on the hot seat and here’s a bit from Dickens’ thoughts:

“Many Power Five coaches would not get a sixth season with that kind of resume, but there are a number of mitigating factors at play. Kingsbury is a well-known and beloved figure that played an instrumental role in kick-starting the program’s Mike Leach era, the university leadership appears to be intensely convinced that sticking with him will pay dividends in the future and, perhaps most importantly, buying out his contract in 2016 or 2017 would have been pretty expensive.

Pro Day. Texas Tech is holding their pro day today where 10 players will be participating today:

Ten different Red Raiders will go through the Pro Day workout with the list including Zach Barnes, Cameron Batson, Dylan Cantrell, Keke Coutee, Talor Nunez, Nic Shimonek, Luke Stice, Justin Stockton, Mychealon Thomas and Derrick Willies.

For the trio of Cantrell, Coutee and Shimonek, Pro Day is an opportunity to improve on their marks from just a few weeks ago at the NFL Combine. Cantrell and Coutee shined in front of the crowd of NFL personnel in Indianapolis as the duo were ranked among the top performers by wide receivers.

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