The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.03.17

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Des Moines Register’s Randy Peterson parsed a post that Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, who was in New York City to help determine the field of 68, wrote regarding collegiate athletics and what things will look like moving forward:

“Our industry took a huge step — the right one — to shut down athletics competition for the remainder of the academic year,” Pollard wrote. “Doing so helps us move on from the various stages of denial that many people are expressing.

“There is no magical date for when things return to where they were before this started.”

To that end, Pollard already has spoken to his coaches, including football coach Matt Campbell.

“Coach Campbell and I discussed over the weekend what fall football practice would look like if we did not have spring practices,” he wrote. “Frankly, too many coaches and administrators across the country are spending time worrying about what they are losing today, tomorrow and next week. Those leaders are not spending time on the future, which is exactly what we should be doing.”

I think that last part is pretty important, for us and for everyone, which is that fun stuff is right around the corner.

Perfect Game’s Vincent Cervino took a scout’s eye to the Texas Tech baseball team including this bit about starting pitcher Clayton Beeter:

Best Player on the Field: Clayton Beeter. The relatively unknown Beeter came into the 2020 season excited to crack the starting rotation after working as a reliever in 2019. The righthander showed explosive stuff with a fastball that touched 97 mph and a breaking ball that was consistently above average. To add to that, Beeter pounded the zone and showed all the makings of a day one pick in the draft during his six no-hit innings against Florida Atlantic.

There’s more there, so go check it out.

Lubbock-Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams writes a bit about the secondary and head coach Matt Wells’ thought that this group needs to improve significantly:

“The DBs are getting used to two new coaches,” Wells said last week. “They are getting coached hard. There’s nowhere to hide back there. We have some guys that are talented DBs.

“They’re learning some new stuff, which is good for them. I think it makes them a little uncomfortable, but they’ve got two veteran DB coaches that are doing a great job with them, and those (players) are doing a really good job learning from them.”

It appears that Chris Beard is going to land a transfer, one way or another. These are all just feelers, but Beard & Co. has reached out to the following players: Quinnipiac forward Kevin Marfo (6-8/245); Virginia Tech forward Landers Nolley, II (6-7/225); and Santa Clara guard Tahj Eaddy (6-2/165).

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