The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.08.09

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Rest In Peace Dave Parks. The alumni association announced yesterday that Dave Parks passed away at the age of 77. Parks was part of the inaugural Texas Tech Hall of Fame Class and if he’s not on the Mount Rushmore of Texas Tech athletics, it is awfully close. An icon and a legend. Rest in peace.

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Texas Tech Picked 5th in Preseason Big 12. The Big 12 coaches preseason poll has Texas Tech picked to finish 5th in the conference with West Virginia continuing to be the best in the conference:

Rank Team (First-place Votes) Points
1 West Virginia (4) 75
2 Baylor (3) 72
3 Texas (3) 65
4 TCU 57
5 Texas Tech 52
6 Kansas 44
7 Oklahoma State 33
8 Oklahoma 26
9 Iowa State 17
10 Kansas State 9

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Who Is Next? NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster ranks the coaches who have not won a national championship, but will be the next to win one and your guy, Chris Beard, is #3:

3. CHRIS BEARD, Texas Tech: Beard is a tough one here, because he is the only guy on this list that could end up working somewhere else within the five-year window. Obviously, if he stays at Texas Tech he seems like he would be a decent bet to breakthrough. The Red Raiders, when healthy, were the best team in the Big 12 two years ago, and this past season they ended Kansas’ reign atop the conference before making a run to the national title game. As of today, they are a consensus preseason top ten team. Beard’s ability to rebuild from scratch on a year-by-year basis means that the Red Raiders will likely always be in the mix, and it makes me confident that, wherever he ends up if he does leave Lubbock, his team will have a shot at being very good, very quickly.

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Wells in Texas. A-J Media’s Don Williams talked with tight ends coach and inside receivers coach Luke Wells about how he’s recruited Texas almost as long as he has been a college coach:

Between the Metroplex connections of Luke Wells and safeties coach Kerry Cooks, who grew up in Irving, the new staff hopes to pull in plenty of talent from DFW over the next several years.

“Being in the Big 12′s awesome,” Luke Wells said, “but being able to coach in the state of Texas and be around … those guys are my friends. I’ve got a lot of great relationships with those high school coaches. To get a chance to be around them more and have them come to our practices, it’s a really cool deal for me.”

Blidi to Pick. New Mexico defensive end Philip Blidi (6-4/238) is set to choose his college program today and it is predicted that he’ll choose Texas Tech. You can check out Blidi’s Hudl page and to say that he dominates high school New Mexico football is an understatement. It looks like they are playing two different games.

Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo completes the Top 25 players with 5 through 1 . . .

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