The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.03.18

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A Night With Dwight Yoakam. GQ’s Alex Pappademas has a terrific profile of Dwight Yoakam. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this (there’s some high fashion photographs that are great and Dwight seems all too willing to pose and absolutely love it) and thought this was pretty terrific:

“You know, art is a seed,” Yoakam said. “And some things are quick-growing, fast-bearing of fruit, and other plants are a slow growth, but they’ll become the redwood forest, the sequoias, or the aspen. The aspen forest—maybe the largest singular living organism on the planet. That’s just different. And that’s not to dismiss bamboo. Bamboo has its own majesty, you know? But don’t dismiss the thing that takes longer to germinate. Mountains are not, in fact, grown overnight. But a million and a half years later, Wow, y’know? That range is pretty spectacular to visit.”

So are you an aspen, or are you bamboo?

“Oh, I don’t know,” Dwight says, and laughs. “I can be bamboo.” Pause. “I’m probably just dandelions. I go with the wind.”

Via NBC Sports, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt is up for the Sports Business Journal’s Athletic Director of the Year award along with Boise State AD Curt Apsey, Oregon AD Rob Mullens, Baylor AD Mack Rhoades, and Florida AD AD Scott Stricklin.

College Hoops Today’s Jon Rothstein has his top 45 teams for 2020-21 and has Texas Tech at #17 with an eye on Jahmi’us Ramsey who might decleare for the NBA. Ramsey tweeted yesterday, “Thank you to the best fans in college basketball!!” and that led some to speculate that this was a goodbye, but there’s been nothing to confirm that.

Texas Tech head football coach Matt Wells met with the media yesterday and it sort of felt like the end of spring football, but that wasn’t announced. That’s not been made official by the Big 12 of Texas Tech, but we might be headed there. Wells felt pretty human this press conference, he feels like all business as a football coach most of the time to me with little room for personality. Wells very much praised linebacker Krishon Merriweather, stating that he gets to the ball and is very coachable, so that’s good news.

RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz has a complete transcript of the press conference and if you can’t watch, then that’s there for you. As part of the presser, Wells talked about how the first football game is likely to be the next Texas Tech sporting event and the importance of being great at home:

“Gotta chance to have a pretty good sell-out don’t we? I need a sell-out, we need to sell-out every one of them. And I think again there’s a direct correlation to winning at home. I know we lost a few close ones at the end of the year last year but there’s a direct correlation to playing very, very well at home and having a great football season. Our goal will be to go 7-0 at home and it won’t be anything less. You go 7-0 at home you have a great season. You don’t have a good season, you have a great season. Winning at home and protecting the Jones is extremely important to us and you know I hope the fans will come out. I know they will.”

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach got a preview of HBO’s new documentary on the federal investigation involving college basketball corruption and it is a wild ride and read. Apparently LSU head coach Will Wade don’t give a crap about nuthin’.

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