The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.10.10

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about the new facilities that are approved thus far:

Over the next couple of years, Tech athletics hopes to complete those endeavors, build out two floors worth of shell office space in Jones AT&T Stadium’s east-side building and start a renovation and expansion on the 15-year-old Football Training Facility.

Regents last week approved the naming of the Womble Basketball Center for its major donor, as well as approving additional design budgets for the Football Training Facility project and the east-side stadium build-out.

Construction on the athletic dining hall and the Womble Basketball Center could start in late December or January, Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said last week, if Regents give the go-ahead at their December meeting.

The athletic dining hall will be situated between the Frazier Alumni Pavilion and Rip Griffin Park/Dan Law Field and take about 12 months to complete, Hocutt said. The Womble Basketball Center, to be located across Indiana Avenue west of the United Supermarkets Arena, is expected to take about 18 months.

So that’s four different projects (I’m in a hurry this morning, so this is a question more than anything else for clarification purposes): 1) building out the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium so that they can then build out the south end zone; 2) the Womble Basketball Center which is an incredibly nice practice facility; 3) a new athletic dining hall, which Hocutt wants to match the Commons dining facility; and 4) completely gut / renovate the Football Training Facility, which Hocutt says in the article is jut in the design stage, but the expected cost is $25 million and a total renovation, inside and outside.

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A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. was in attendance for the Texas Tech media day and he spoke with Jarrett Culver and Matt Mooney about what they can improve for the upcoming season:

Mooney, who drained 76 three-pointers and averaged 18.7 points with the Coyotes last season, is working on improving those numbers before the regular season starts up.

“I gotta start making some shots,” Mooney said when asked what he needs to improve before the regular season home opener at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6. “I’m not shooting the ball too well, right now. But that will come with time. Other than that, I’m just really looking forward to playing in front of this home crowd. It should be really fun to be able to play against the best on a nightly basis.”

As for how he’s improved his game, Culver was quick to say plenty of time shooting pull-up jumpers, layups and other shots during the summer.

“Hours and hours in the gym every day,” he said. “That’s the only way I know how to get better. Also, watching a lot of film and then going out and practicing my craft.”

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TCU head coach Gary Patterson said that he won’t name a starter at quarterback because Kliff Kingsbury won’t name a starter at quarterback, which is absolutely awesome.

Texas Tech football received the commitment from a 2-star to 3-star preferred walk-on, Chux Nwabuko, a 5-6/155 all-purpose back from Hutto. You can check out his highlights below.

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