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The Morning Stake | 2018.10.02

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The official site has a nice feature on Texas Tech senior forward Norense Odiase, there’s a lot there, so make sure and check it out.

“I believe the measure of a man comes through how you push through adversity,” Odiase said. “The response you have toward something is what is most important. Everything in life is different for each person. There are always going to be things that you can’t control, but you can control your controllables and you can always give your maximum effort. You can control your leadership, enthusiasm and consistency. That’s my job for this team. I’m need to be the most consistent leader I can be every day.”

Texas Tech basketball received a commitment last night, Khalid Thomas, and that post will go up at 8:00 a.m.

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Not sure if you heard, but Kansas City Chief quarterback Patrick Mahomes engineered a double-digit road win over the Denver Broncos and was well, magical. Mahomes threw for 301 yards and a touchdown as well as running for a touchdown. I can’t embed highlights, but you can watch them all here. Mahomes also threw the ball left handed during that final drive to win the game because he can.

And ESPN’s Bill Barnwell tabbed Mahomes as the quarter-season MVP before the game. SBNation’s Bill Connelly also writes about how Mahomes and the Chiefs are utilizing spread concepts, but this isn’t anything unique to college football fans.

Don’t ever forget that we all watched a legend when Mahomes was here, don’t ever forget about that.

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. has a notebook of things including the emphasis during this bye week to get off to a fast start:

“We’ve definitely addressed it and talked about it,” Kingsbury said. “We’ve gotta get better. We’ve got to come out with more energy and not play so timid and on our heels. We don’t need that feel-out period, which it feels like we have. Just cut it loose and go from the beginning. Instead of waiting until the second half. We’ll preach that, practice that this week and going into next week.”

Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel is reporting that Baylor received a notice of allegations from the NCAA after completing it’s investigation.

Former football coach Art Briles is among those alleged to have committed NCAA infractions. Sources confirmed the allegations against Briles fall under “Head Coach Responsibility: Failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.” Also among the NCAA allegations is a “lack of institutional control.”

Engel also reports that Baylor had hoped to avoid any sort of punishment, similar to what happened at North Carolina:

In recent months, evidence has shown that the handling of sexual assault cases at Baylor was not merely an athletic department issue.

In the early summer of 2018, however, the mood changed at Baylor when NCAA investigators continued to interview more former school officials and coaches. Among them was former Baylor strength and conditioning coach Kaz Kazadi. Part of his responsibility under Briles was to handle the disciplining of football players. That includes potential punishment for various team infractions, such as running early in the morning, etc.

When a case is opened under the guise of one potential infraction, the NCAA could potentially find a series of other problems that merit sanctions or punishment.

If a university has a history of committing NCAA infractions, that is taken into consideration when considering penalties.

It’s a good thing that Baylor doesn’t have a history of NCAA infractions . . .

Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo has his Big 12 power rankings and has Texas Tech 5th overall . . . NewsOK’s Berry Tramel has his Big 12 power rankings and still has Texas Tech 4th overall . . .

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