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The Morning Stake | 2020.03.25

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We’re all going to die, right? Via the SportingNews, Ole Miss recently sent out an email to donors telling them (without mentioning COVID-19) to make sure and think about Ole Miss and name them as beneficiaries should you become deceased in the near future:

“There is a common expression that ‘change is the only constant in life.’ We often experience this with our careers, our residences and even our families. Sometimes situations change around us, and developments in our health, laws and/or the financial landscape present new challenges.

In those times, it is beneficial to consider revisiting the content of your will, especially if it was designed years ago and now needs attention. Just like your home, your estate plan needs regular maintenance to reflect situations and circumstances you’ve faced.

By adding a bequest in your will, you guarantee that the priorities in your life are matched to your legacy. Also, by expressing the philanthropic priorities of your life, you can continue investing in the students, faculty, mission and values of the University of Mississippi.

Always be selling, right? Ole Miss did say that this email was previously scheduled (umm, hmmm) so no-harm-no-foul.

Eli Howard penned a really nice article about Texas Tech, obtaining his degrees (that’s with an “s”) and how he hopes his senior year plays out:

But now, that routine has been adjusted for good reason. Like the rest of the world, I am hopeful for a quick end to the Coronavirus. I know this pandemic has impacted not only those in Lubbock but our state and country significantly, taking the things that used to be normal in life, like sports, and putting them in the background.

For me, I’m still in Lubbock learning about this pandemic like everyone else. I talk to my teammates regularly, many of which are at home with their friends and family. I talk with my family often, too, as they are not far from us at our ranch in the San Angelo area.

I chose to remain in Lubbock partly due to my studies. I’m only a few assignments shy of completing the requirements for my master’s in personal financial planning, and the Internet here is better than what we have at our ranch in Sonora. Seems weird to think about it, but I will officially complete my degree requirements in May, giving me the chance to pursue a few certifications during my final semester in Lubbock.

TexasFootball’s Greg Tepper talked with Frenship head football coach Jay Northcutt and discussed what Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith meant to the Tigers:

The biggest boost, besides improved team cohesiveness, was the addition of quarterback Donoavan Smith, who transferred to Frenship from Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman after his father, DeAndre Smith, took a position on Matt Wells’ staff at Texas Tech. The dual-threat signal-caller made his impact felt: 3,114 yards and 26 touchdowns passing; 489 yards and 14 touchdowns rushing; and, according to his coach, devotion to his team.

“When you have a player that moves in that already has some Division I offers, that’s exciting, but you wonder, what kind of person is he going to be?” Northcutt said. “Luckily for us, he was that good of a kid. Beyond the physical ability, he’s got the leadership and the work ethic, and he has that understanding of how important it is to bond with your teammates.”

Perfect Game has a mock draft for the 2020 MLB Draft with Texas Tech pitcher Clayton Beeter getting the nod in the first round.

25. Atlanta Braves | Clayton Beeter, RHP, Texas Tech
The biggest riser on the PG draft board is Texas Tech’s Friday night starter, Clayton Beeter, whose seamless transition from the bullpen to Big 12 ace has been remarkable. Beeter is routinely into the upper-90s and fills up the strike zone with starter command, but the selling point of the profile is his hammer curveball in the mid-80s that has all the makings of a plus-plus pitch and is one of the best in the class.

All of the feels.


Logo face-off. If it’s not #2 then my quest to bring back the old double-t is all for naught.

Oh, and Kyle has odds.

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