The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.01.10

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz recaps athletic director Kirby Hocutt’s radio show, where he had on Holly Rowe. A couple of things that stood out is that the athletic department staff knows that the point of sales for the new concecessions was a bit slow, so they’re working on that. Also of note is that football head coach Matt Wells will do the same sort of spring as we’ve become accustomed:

… Football coach Matt Wells will go on a Texas tour this spring including the spring scrimmages in Frisco, Midland and in Lubbock. Hocutt said they want the state to meet the new staff. There’s a small portion that will be in Dallas tomorrow, actually. Next week, during the Hocutt show, they will be at a luncheon at the Petroleum Club in Midland. Hocutt told a story about the time some ‘colleagues’ from Austin visited Midland before. He wants Texas Tech in control of that area, though, so they make it a priority to visit frequently when they can.

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Did not expect a win here. Huge win for the ladies and the staff.

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You can check out the entire Perfect Game 2019 Preseason College Top 25 where Texas Tech is #5, which is the top Big 12 program. The next program is Baylor at #12, TCU at #16, and Oklahoma State at #18.

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Congrats to Jarrett Culver who has been named to the Lute Olson Award Mid-Season Watch List and the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List. This is gonna pile up.

SI’s Dan Greene looks at the Big 12 and wonders how the Big 12 will play out, as Iowa State beat Kansas, but then lost on the road to Baylor:

The question now becomes whether the Big 12 has a clear team to beat. The Jayhawks remain its highest ranked, but must reinvent themselves at a crucial time. Texas Tech is unblemished outside a meeting with No. 1 Duke in New York, but may need to find more consistent scoring outside of Culver. And Iowa State—a deep, positionless, balanced team with a budding star in senior forward Marial Shayok—not only found out firsthand the perilousness of the spotlight but also lost forward Cameron Lard to an ankle injury that had him wearing a boot for the second half of Tuesday’s loss. (Afterwards, Prohm said he did not know when Lard might return.)

At the moment, it looks like the Red Raiders may be out front. But if the churn of expectations and extrapolations from the 75 hours between Iowa State’s latest win and loss taught us anything, it’s that there is a lot left to figure out over the next 60 days.

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RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan writes about punter commit Austin McNamara and everything is all great with that, he expects to sign in February. The thing that caught my eye was that there’s only one other specialist on campus:

More specialists: There is currently only one other specialist on campus, that being former preferred walk on kicker Trey Wolff. McNamara would be the second, but the coaches are not done adding yet. Austin says the coaches will look to add a PWO punter to join the team, and then potentially another kicker as well.

That’s sort of a problem, right? In looking at the roster, well, there are two specialists listed, punter Reed Bowman, the junior from Blinn J.C. and Trey Wolff, the redshirt freshman placekicker. So yeah, there needs to be some more specialists probably.

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