The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.07.13

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It’s Friday the 13th!

Congrats to Morgan Thomas who has been elevated to Associate Head coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the volleyball team.

Texas Tech Baseball

You have most likely already seen this yesterday, but if you haven’t you have to check out D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers piece on D1Baseball’s their 2018 Coach of the Year, Tim Tadlock. Really, you have to read it. I learned more about Tadlock from reading this article since he’s arrived at Texas Tech. This quote from Kirby Hocutt is pretty awesome and he’s right, you really have to be sure and not take for granted what Tadlock has done and continues to do as Texas Tech’s head coach:

“You know, after Selection Monday this year, I congratulated him on hearing our name called. I never want to take that for granted, and I never want to lose that perspective, but expectations have certainly changed at Texas Tech. Now, anything but a trip to Omaha is considered a disappointment,” Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “You can’t lose sight of the transformation he has led us through. We weren’t playing the best baseball the second half of the Big 12, but to make it to Omaha shows how impressive these guys are.

“I call it the Tadlock Magic,” Hocutt continued. “It’s just incremental efficiency. An incremental advantage. In those moments, you need those two things, and he’s got it. I don’t think I’ve ever quite seen a team this loyal, or a staff this loyal, to their head coach. But they were to Tim.”

You’ll learn that we owe Tadlock’s hiring in some part to former TExas Tech baseballer Duke von Schamann.

Texas Tech Basketball

Zhaire!

Texas Tech Football

The running back group.

Vype’s Joanna Chadwick takls with Texas Tech running back Tre King, and chronicles his story from Kansas to Texas Tech:

“I’d go to the field at 11 at night. I’d cry on the field because of how bad I wanted it,” King said. “This is real. I knew it would happen. It was a matter of when.”

King had interest from Kansas, Kansas State, Northern Iowa, Illinois State. But he wasn’t academically eligible coming out of Heights.

He didn’t lose focus, didn’t quit, all along figuring this was just another part of God’s plan.

“I look at it as you can’t be a quitter in life. Life is hard,” King said. “If playing at a Power 5 school was easy, everyone would do it. It’s going to be hard. If it’s hard now, it will be easier in the future.

“So you never quit — that’s showing weakness. You’re your own person. There’s not another Tre King who talks and breathes how I do. It’s all a mindset. I learned that also.”

It’s Friday, you’ve got nothing to do, so go read the whole thing.

Athlon Sports’ Allen Kenney names some wild card players for each team and picks Antoine Wesley and Joe Wallace for his picks for Texas Tech.

Wanna go down a deep realignment post? Well, check out Saturday Down South’s Connor O’Gara as he proposes eliminating the Big 12 with Texas Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoam State and TCU going to the Pac-12.

Patrick Mahomes was a McGavock Nissan for a charity event and talked with the LAJ about Texas Tech and playing against former Red Raiders.

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