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The Morning Stake | 2019.11.14

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Life, in Dog Years. Via Texas Monthly’s Mimi Swartz:

My father had been smitten with dogs ever since he got his first cocker spaniel, Jeff, as a boy. “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t love dogs,” he used to tell me, and he wasn’t kidding around. A passion for canines was a human decency barometer for Dad, and because he was at heart a shy man, he also sometimes used our pets as bodyguards and interpreters. If Dad said a dog was tired or hungry or even angry, he might mean that he was tired or hungry or a tad pissed off, which was as mad as he ever got. The most famous example of this was when, having had too good a time at my brother Ed’s wedding, Dad said he and Mom had to leave to walk the dog.

So when Dad moved in with John and me and our two golden retrievers, we also had to make way for his nine-year-old Welsh corgi, Trilby. Corgis, originally bred for rounding up cattle, are famous for their herding abilities, but in modern times have also been known to steer humans to their proper places, especially when they don’t know where to turn.

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#9. Via Perfect Game, I thought that the blurb was terrific and I’m quoting all of it, but they also have listed the top 5 players as part of the 2020-21 class.

Those within the baseball circle know Texas Tech can go out on the road less traveled in terms of recruiting and find that under the radar piece who ultimately makes it to campus and pays immediate dividends, all while staying close to the Lon[e] Star State. Not only does recruiting coordinator J-Bob Thomas find those hideaway players, head coach Tim Tadlock and his staff do an excellent job of developing them over the course of their careers, consistently churning out high round draft picks while making deep postseason runs every season.

Don’t forget about J-Bob. Maybe the best recruiter in the country.

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Five Things Learned. ESPN’s Myron Medcalf:

The 2018-19 Final Four teams are still factors
Michigan State entered the season as the No. 1 team in the country after returning the nucleus of its roster, but the three other teams that participated in last season’s Final Four had lost the catalysts that anchored their runs to Minneapolis. But Auburn, Virginia and Texas Tech all excelled in the first week of the season.

Virginia held Syracuse to just 0.58 points per possession in a road win last week, a sign that a team that lost Ty Jerome, De’Andre Hunter and Kyle Guy is still one of America’s top defensive units. Auburn’s Danjel Purifoy (5-for-10 in Friday’s 76-66 win over Davidson) is playing with an ease he’d lacked after last season’s return from a suspension that stretched across two seasons. And Texas Tech freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey and Stephen F. Austin grad transfer TJ Holyfield could spark another Big 12 title run for Chris Beard’s group. All four qualifiers from Minneapolis have regrouped.

Top Recruiting Rankings. Rivals’ Eric Bossi:

Rounding out the current top five are a pair of programs that are cashing in on recent success: Tennessee and Texas Tech. After landing a five-star wing in Josiah James last year, Rick Barnes and the Vols are coming back with two five-stars in shooting guards Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson. Last year was special for Chris Beard and the Red Raiders. They won the Big 12, made the national championship game and signed their first ever five-star prospect in Jahmius Ramsey. This year, they’ve got another five-star in guard Nimari Burnett, while wing Micah Peavy is knocking on the door of five-star status. Bottom line: The future looks bright in both Knoxville and Lubbock.

Outside of the top five there are some teams capable of making more noise. Just on the edge of the top five at No. 7 overall, Mike Boynton’s Oklahoma State Cowboys – whose headliner is the nation’s second-ranked player, Cade Cunningham – still have a chance to push into that top group. Four-star forward J.T. Thor will soon decide, and if the Cowboys land him, as expected, they will make another jump.

Oklahoma State is recruiting their tails off and they are about to be very relevant very soon.

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