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The Morning Stake | 2020.05.27

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Via Cyclones.com, Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard laid out how he expects football back and I think this is sort of a “get’em while they’re hot” sort of post. Pollard is essentially saying that there are 22,000 season tickets and they are going to allow 8,000 more (presuming that things don’t change) for a 50% capacity of Jack Trice Stadium. It’s almost as if Iowa State is trying to make this an exclusive event, which is fine, and that if you want to be one of those fans who have tickets, then you had better hustle on up.

Ready for some basketball content? Rivals’ Corey Evans is asked about Davide Moretti’s decision to turn pro and whether or not that improves the odds for Georgetown guard Mac McClung to commit to Texas Tech:

North Carolina and Tennessee garnered most of the talk immediately following his transfer, yet both failed to make his list. Auburn and Wake Forest are two others that have been heavily discussed as possible landing spots, but my best guess is that he will pick Texas Tech. As it stands, he would have to sit out but it appears that he will push for a waiver to play immediately in the fall. If given such a chance to play right away, McClung’s dynamic abilities could give the Red Raiders something different along the perimeter.

Again, McClung would have to sit out a year and although I really like McClung, I think the guard position is a bit thin for 2020-21. McClung would be an obvious talent, no doubt, just not immediate help.

And guess what? McClung commits today.

Rials’ Eric Bossi provides the latest on Utah guard Both Gach, who has declared for the NBA draft and is also considering transferring, but he’s got a host of programs he’s considering including Arkansas, BYU, Creighton, DePaul, Maryland, Minnesota, Auburn, Iowa State, Nevada, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

It is interesting that BYU, Auburn, and Texas Tech are both still in on McClung and Gach, and don’t forget that Air Force guard AJ Walker is also considering Texas Tech. If McClung commits, I don’t know what happens with the rest of this, but my guess would be that Beard will be done when he says he’s done.

CBS Sports Gary Parrish ranks the top 25 and 1 teams every week and after Moretti’s decision to play for Olimpia Milano, Parrish dropped Texas Tech 4 spots to 18, which I think is understandable:

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard still has a chance to fill that roster spot with a transfer, and he probably will. But Moretti was rock-solid. So nothing the Red Raiders add is likely to be considered an upgrade over what they just lost.

Again, because McClung wouldn’t be able to play for a year (at least as of right now) he wouldn’t improve the team for 2020-21.

MLB’s Jonathan Mayo has his first round mock draft and has Texas Tech pitcher Clayton Beeter going 28th to the Yankees:

There’s a lack of a track record with Beeter, especially as a starter, and some teams are concerned about his arm action, but his velocity (up to 98 mph) and chance to have two plus breaking balls might be too hard to pass up here.

Here are some tweets.

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