The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.04.27

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.


The No. 14 ladies tennis team is participating in the Big 12 Championship, defending their 2017 title, and will face No. 42 Kansas State in the quarterfinal round today (official site).

The No. 30 men’s tennis team is set to face No. 14 Oklahoma also on Friday in the Big 12 Championship today as well (official site).

The softball team is set to travel to Lawrence to take on Kansas for a three-game series starting today (official site). As an aside, the Jayhawks are winless in the Big 12, while the Red Raiders are 2-13. Sure would be nice to get 3 wins here and by winning the series, Texas Tech will qualify for the Big 12 Championship. Let’s do this ladies.

Track and field will host the Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout on Friday (official site).

Texas Tech Basketball

South Dakota graduate transfer Matt Mooney has narrowed his list of teams to Texas Tech, Northwestern, and Creighton, and will visit Texas Tech on Tuesday (ESPN’s John Goodman via Twitter).

Chris Beard met with the media and covered a handful of topics, so many that I really can’t get to all of them, but A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. was there and took the video below. Beard touched on recruiting, that they are actively looking at high school, JUCO and graduate transfers, confirmed the Duke game was going to happen, that he is happy for Zhaire Smith for moving onto to the NBA, that there will be another game in the Coliseum in December, and Chris Ogden moving onto UT-Arlington, which resulted in Brian Burg being promoted. Oh, and Beard said that he’s trying to convince Sean Sutton to stay in Lubbock as well.

The basketball program (not just the team) was recognized by the City of Lubbock yesterday.

Speaking of recruiting, Mansfield Timberview point guard Isaac Likekele is visiting Texas Tech right now and I have intel that he was at Walk Ons last night

Texas Tech Football

Linebacker Brayden Stringer announced on Twitter that he would transfer from Texas Tech (Twitter):

I want to thank Texas Tech University and the football staff for the opportunity they have given me the past 2 years and the awesome support from all of the fans. I’v[e] made some great memories and even better friends while playing for this football program, Texas Tech and Lubbock will always have a special place in my heart. But I have been granted by Texas Tech for other schools to contact me and I will be reopening my recruitment.

Thank you Lubbock Texas

This makes sense given the rise of sophomore Riko Jeffers and it appears that the coaches want to give Kevin Moore additional time at linebacker this year as well. Stringer is the second player to transfer, the other being another linebacker, Johnathan Picone. I know the spring and summer isn’t over, but typically, we’ve seen quite a few players transfer out before the spring semester and at the end of the spring semester. It wouldn’t surprise me to see other players transfer, but this has felt like a low number in terms of turnover.

This is good news. The four players arrested this spring, Jett Duffey, Christian Taylor, Quan Shorts, and Desmon Smith, will not have any charges filed against them (KTRE).


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