The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.06.21

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Smarter Than Me.

Texas Tech Volleyball

Texas Tech Soccer

Schedule Released. Nice to see the schedule released. If you have any sway with the soccer folks, I’d really love to buy their kits, but they don’t sell them.

Texas Tech Track and Field

Texas Tech Golf

Texas Tech Tennis

Lady Raider Basketball

Texas Tech Baseball

Texas Tech vs. Michigan. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m. I’m going to put up a game thread go roll at noon-ish.

Texas Tech Basketball

Culver Selected 6th. This was a pretty good little tweet, one where strength and conditioning coach John Reilly took a picture of Jarrett Culver last year as Zhaire Smith was selected. As an aside, you should want Reilly to be your own personal trainer. He’s awesome. And for Culver, from last year to this year. So awesome. And I love that Culver was wearing red and black to be drafted. Don’t ever doubt.

Owens to Phoenix. Tariq Owens announced on Twitter that he has a free agent deal with the Phoenix Suns after not being drafted last night, which is great that he was that sought after once the draft ended. I don’t know that we ever really got the full story of Tariq’s life and the Baltimore Sun’s Bill Wagner does a great job of telling Tariq’s story.

Texas Tech Football

Donovan Smith at Frenship. Donavan Smith is one of the 2020 Texas Tech commits and the son of Texas Tech running backs coach Deandre Smith, who will quarterback the Frenship Gaels (yabba) and HubCityPreps’ Randy Rosetta writes about Smith. As an aside, if you like to follow Lubbock-area teams, HubCityPreps is pretty great.

Adjusting to Transfers. I still havent’ signed up for The Athletic, but Max Olson apparently wrote a story about why players transfer and FootballScoop’s Zach Barnett wrote about Stanford head coach David Shaw who says that he just doesn’t be anyone’s buddy, but always a mentor. In any event, there’s a quote there from Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells about how he views players who transfer:

β€œI’m not sure it’s my job to keep them happy,” new Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said. β€œI think it’s my job to coach ’em hard, love ’em hard, be up front, be honest, be demanding yet loving. If all of that stuff makes them happy, then that’s the kind of kid I want in this program.”

I think this is the right way to go about things, catering to a player probably won’t do anyone any good and being their buddy doesn’t help in the long run.

Big 12 Quarterback Situations. InsideTexas’ Joe Cook goes through the quarterback situations in the Big 12, including Texas Tech, and I think this is a pretty fair assessment overall and the TCU situation may be an absolute mess.

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