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The Morning Stake | 2018.09.27

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This is the first official Marlene Stollings press conference of the year. And don’t forget that tonight, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. you can go get some free food, watch the practice, get autographs at the United Supermarkets Arena.

A-J Media’s Mike Graham writes about yesterday’s press conference:

It’s something she’s well rehearsed in preaching, going up against programs like Baylor and Texas the past few months for recruits Texas Tech could once snag without an all-out effort. It’s also something you’re going to hear over and over now that the program is back in the limelight.

“I’m only laughing because all of our counterparts on the road recruiting want us to elaborate deeper on that because it’s taken off so much,” the first-year Lady Raiders coach said. ”‘The Movement’ really is a cultural shift. This is a proud institution and proud women’s basketball program historically, and we want to move it forward into a light of where it used to be, so to speak.

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Rivals’ Corey Evans is a recruiting expert and he was asked about if Texas Tech would see any players commit to Texas Tech, and Evans wrote that he could see point guard Jahmius Ramsey (6-4/190) from Duncanville and forward Antwan January (6-11/240):

Two come to mind for the Red Raiders this fall, as Jahmius Ramsey and Antwan January are the likeliest to pledge. By the end of the weekend, each will have officially visited the Lubbock campus and include Texas Tech on their final lists. Ramsey has already visited Louisville, though its backcourt is a bit cloudier now, thanks to its success on the recruiting trail. Miami, Indiana and Oregon are among the others involved.

These are two 4-star players that would be absolutely huge for Chris Beard and his program.

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The young man’s voice on the video is a guy named Inky Johnson. Inky was a college football player, his football career ending in 2006 at Tennessee when an injury caused his right arm to be permanently paralyzed. Johnson spoke to the entire athletic department earlier this year.

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Kliff Kingsbury is experiencing a bit of a renaissance with a freshman quarterback putting up ridiculous numbers and Patrick Mahomes slinging it in the NFL, The Draft Network’s Benjamin Solak writes that Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid should be illegal, writing that Reid is incorporating some of the concepts from Kingsbury’s offense (with lots of fun video) into his Kansas City offense:

The NFL should have had a similar big red button to smash when Andy Reid drafted Patrick Mahomes.

Listen, it had been a hot second since I watched some Mahomes college tape, and I had forgotten how godly of an arm he had; I had forgotten how clinically insane he was as a decision-maker; I had forgotten how transcendent his ceiling was. It’s hard to mentally capture greatness and retain it at its apex — the mind naturally reduces it to something more understandable and commonplace. Mahomes’ college career was dumbfounding in every sense of the word.

Giving him Reid?! Andy Reid?! I didn’t see that movie where The Rock was buddies with a giant white gorilla and I think there was a wolf with wings flying through Chicago, but Mahomes + Reid is that nonsense. It’s supersized wolf with wings perched on the Sears Tower versus Dwayne Johnson with a prosthetic leg levels of unfair. That might be two different movies.

I think you all “broke” this story in the comments yesterday, but A-J Media’s Don Williams reports on the arrest of Texas Tech receiver Myller Royals after a traffic stop by the Texas Tech Police Department, being jailed for possession of a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles) and driving with an invalid license. He was stopped at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and didn’t bond out until Saturday, which seems like a really long time to be in jail for brass knuckles and an invalid license. Apparently the punishment will be handled internally with Texas Tech.

Miscellaneous . . . LandGrant Gauntlet’s Chris Ross has their Big 12 power rankings with Texas Tech up to 4th overall . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo also has their power rankings and have the Red Raiders 4th as well . . . The Daily Atheneum’s Matt Gold writes West Virginia and Texas Tech could be headed for a shootout . . . Metro News’ Alex Hickey writes about Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman . . . CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval previews this game (and other games) and picks the game against the spread (Texas Tech) and straight up (West Virginia) . . . AthlonSports’ Eric Sorenson previews West Virginia vs. Texas Tech . . .

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