The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.02.13

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RIP Poyser. A-J Media’s Don Williams report that former Texas Tech track athlete Delroy Poyser passed away yesterday at the age of 57:

Decades before, Texas Tech experienced something similar on a smaller scale when Delroy Poyser qualified for four NCAA indoor and three NCAA outdoor championships. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Jamaican earned first-team all-America status by finishing third in the triple jump at the 1983 NCAA indoor championships and by taking third in the long jump third at the 1984 NCAA indoor.

And in 1985, he set the school outdoor record in the triple jump that stood until last year.

Poyser, the third male athlete in Tech history to be an all-American in track and field, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 57 and lived in Flower Mound.

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Game Day. The Red Raiders are in Stillwater today to play Oklahoma State. When Texas Tech plays in Stillwater, I always think about how Eddie Sutton is one of eight coaches with over 800 wins and is not in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. No one can explain why.

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Talkin’ Bout Practice. Offensive line coach Steve Farmer tweeted out the practice schedule and here are the practices, practice dates and times, most of them at 7:25 in the morning:

#1 Sunday, March 3rd, TBA
#2 Tuesday, March 5th, 7:25 am
#3 Thursday, March 7th, 7:25 am
#4 Tuesday, March 19th, 7:25 am
#5 Thursday, March 21st, 7:25 am
#6 Friday, March 22nd, 3:30 pm
#7 Tuesday, March 26th, 7:25 am
#8 Thursday, March 28th, 7:25 am
#9 Saturday, March 30th, 2:00 pm (Lubbock Scrimmage)
#10 Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:25 am
#11 Thursday, April 4th, 7:25 am
#12 Friday, April 5th, 7:00 pm (Midland Scrimmage
#13 Tuesday, April 9th, 7:25 am
#14 Thursday, April 11th, 7:25 am
#15 Saturday, April 13th, 2:00 pm (Frisco Spring Game)

Allen’s Redemption. NFL’s Chase Goodbread writes about former Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen’s redemption and this is Allen’s full story about what happened that fateful night that led to his dismissal from Texas Tech. You won’t regret reading this.

God was it heavy.

Ellison pulled his truck into an alley to shorten the distance it would have to be carried, but it still took all three players — two 300-pound offensive linemen and a 225-pound linebacker — to move the safe to Ellison’s truck bed. It only took about 15 minutes, the same amount of time Allen will have to explain it to NFL clubs during the team portion of interviews at the combine. They took the safe to Castaneda’s residence, and Allen went home, leaving Castaneda and Ellison to the work of opening the safe with a crowbar. The next day, Castaneda informed Allen that the safe contained several firearms. One looked like a war antique, a bayonet with a knife extending from below the barrel. But with no marijuana in the safe, Allen was no longer even sure they had robbed a drug dealer. His share of the loot was three guns. He first suggested that they not sell them, but eventually gave Castaneda two to sell, and kept the third.

“It’s something I’ve got to be a man about and know I’ll always have to live with what we did,” Castaneda said. “If I had the mindset as a freshman that I have now, it would have been way different.”

After the Texas Bowl, Allen went back to Humble for a few days before returning to campus. He awoke one night in a cold sweat from a dream that police had arrested him for the crime not in Lubbock, but where his reputation was sterling, where nobody fathomed him capable of such a crime — in Humble.

Allen got less than $500 from Castaneda for the guns and can no longer recall how it was spent.

“It’s a shame,” he said.

Underachievers/Overachievers. SB Nation’s Bill Connelly takes a look at the overachieving coaches and also the underachieving coaches. In the “not good news” department Matt Wells is the 4th “best” underachieving coach, which isn’t good. Wells is joined there with Gary Andersen, Matt Rhule, Paul Chryst, and Mike Locksley and are on this list because Wells is 7-16 in one-possession finishes. Yikes!

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