The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.07.19

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Versus. This is a neat little site. Neat little site. Versus is a site that finds alternatives to things. So, if you want to find an alternative to almost anything, you just plug what you’re thinking of and it will give you alternatives. It seems really simplistic and one of those “duh” things, but I’ve been thinking about using a paid email service rather than Gmail and making the switch is easier said than done, but it gave me a ton of options to consider. Or I’ve been looking for other blogging options other than WordPress to post things for me and gave me some options to consider. Anyway, interesting.

Texas Tech Golf

Texas Tech Tennis

Texas Tech Baseball

TAMU Attempts to Poach J-Bob. David Collier reports that Texas A&M attempted to hire J-Bob Thomas as the assistant recruiting coordinator, but they were DENIED. Well, not denied, but turned down by Thomas.

Texas Tech Basketball

Non-Conference Schedule Released. So the home non-conference schedule is not all that great, the best team is to-be-determined SEC opponent, but meh. I think there’s this thought that has worked over the past few years, which is to schedule some pretty easy opponents with a couple of big opponents peppered in (big opponents is defined as a power five or from a relatively decent conference). The biggest games are in Las Vegas where Texas Tech will take in San Diego State and then Iowa or Creighton. These qualify as big games. Then will play DePaul in Chicago as part of the Big 12-Big East Challenge. And then in New York City to take on Louisville. Big games, just not at home.

Owens Signs with Phoenix. NBA writer Keith Smith was the first report that former Texas Tech basketballer Tariq Owens has signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. Congrats!

Culver Throws Out First Pitch.

Texas Tech Football

Mannix Named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Dinner with the Defensive Line, Inside Receivers, Quarterbacks, and Specialists.

From Sallisaw to Lubbock. Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey about head coach Matt Wells’ journey from Sallisaw, Oklahoma to Lubbock, and one part of the story that I didn’t realize was when Wells was at Tulsa, then head coach Steve Kragthorpe was hired at Louisville, but Wells was not taken along and he wasn’t retained by suceeding Tulsa coach Todd Graham:

Suddenly, there was nothing.

“At the end of that season, you didn’t know where you were going to go and where the next job is and where the next paycheck is coming from,” Wells said. “You have two young babies … what are we doing? What is college football all about? We win, we flip a program and we didn’t have a job. I think that was the Lord preparing me for this opportunity.”

Wells would find a spot at New Mexico for two seasons before reuniting with Kragthorpe at Louisville in 2009. Then, two seasons later, his alma mater called.

Possible Impact Freshmen on Offense. RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan has five freshmen (and redshirt freshmen) that could have an impact on offense this year and I think running back Sarodorick Thompson, outside receiver Erik Ezukanma, and outside receiver Caden Leggett would be my best bets, but that wide receiver spot is pretty crowded and I’ll be really interested on how that shakes out this preseason.

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