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The Morning Stake | 2020.06.15

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Guys and gals. I’m going to level with you. Yesterday, some peaceful protestors were at TAMU and they did their thing. They protested. Some counter protestors showed up and sang Aggie wary hymns and did their dumb yells. There was actually a guy that showed up that said, “Aggie Traditions Matter”. Look, I get that there’s a lot of disagreement in this world, but hopefully what we can agree upon is that anyone that shows up to drown out protestors with Aggie war hymns and has a sign that says “Aggie Traditions Matter” is about the dumbest shit I’ve ever seen.

Speaking of protests, San Antonio Express News’ Mike Finger has the latest on the group of Texas players who have told the administration that they will work out and they will practice, but they will not participate in any recruiting until certain demands are met regarding the renaming campus buildings and altering the school song. When you consider how much power the football and basketball players have, I’m shocked this hasn’t happened sooner. You’re probably thinking that the athletic department should just tell these kids to go pound sand, but when it is essentially the entire football team. There is power in numbers, especially players who earn a ton of money for the athletic department. It shouldn’t be too unreasonable to rename certain buildings. And before you say, hold up, “History has it’s place! Don’t erase history!” Well . . .

There is no defensible reason why UT math classes should be held in a building named for Robert Lee Moore, who at first refused to allow black students in his classroom after the university’s integration and later told a black student he could take his course, “but you start with a C and can only go down from there.”

There is no defensible reason why physics classes should be held in a building named for Theophilus Painter, who as school president in 1946 denied a black student named Heman Sweatt admission to UT’s law school and fought it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case Sweatt won.

There is no defensible reason why, in a shrine of a football stadium teeming with corporate sponsorships and homages to donors, there is nothing named for Julius Whittier, the San Antonio native who in 1969 became the school’s first black varsity football player.

Whittier, a successful attorney who only hinted at the racism he endured while paving the way for Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams and Vince Young, died two years ago after years of battling symptoms of brain damage his sister is convinced stemmed from his college career.

The players are right. Whittier is worth memorializing.

Danny Hardaway was the first African-American to receive a scholarship for Teas Tech . . . in 1967. I was born in 1974, that’s like just 7 years later. I’ve always thought that this was insane and that’s because it probably is. And if you were curious as to who was the first African-American to be admitted into Texas Tech (after numerous individuals were denied that opportunity despite making attempts)? That honor would go to Lucille S. Graves in 1961.

Via NBC Sports, the NCAA is encouraging to give November 3rd, election day, off to all student-athletes and I’m all about this. Don’t give anyone a reason not to vote. And guess what? You guy Chris Beard is all about this as well. I’m highly encouraging Texas Tech athletics to just jump out there and do this.

Rivals’ Eric Bossi wrangled a roundtable and wondered what sophomore would make a huge jump and Terrence Shannon was roundtable attendee Corey Evans’ pick to click:

Evans: Granted he averaged just over nine points and four rebounds last year, but I have always been a proponent of Terrence Shannon. He could be the face of the Texas Tech program, one that could compete for another Final Four berth.

Sure, Chris Beard has once again stockpiled talent and will bring in two top-40 prospects, along with a bevy of transfers, so maybe the opportunities won’t be there for Shannon. However, seeing his ascent within the game dating back to when he didn’t hold a single scholarship offer as a senior in high school, to what he is today, a potential 2021 NBA lottery pick, makes his inclusion here a fairly easy one.

Texas Football’s Shehan Jeyarajah writes about five players who didn’t make the Texas Football preseaon team and linebacker Riko Jeffers made the list of five. Here’s a part of that write-up:

Jeffers was already a strong contender for an all-state spot, but his new role could push him over the top. Keith Patterson’s defense forces middle linebackers to step up and make plays at the line of scrimmage with consistency. It’s why Jordyn Brooks developed into a first round pick.

Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams writes about how the inside receiver spot is somewhat flooded with talent with Dalton Rigdon, McLane Mannix, and KeSean Carter and this may force offensive coordinator David Yost to change his traditional 11 personnel:

But there is room for only one per play in the Tech offense as currently constructed.

“Those guys, they’re competing,” Yost said, “because they understand they only get so many reps at the H position. Our goal would be to play in 11 personnel. Now, maybe the H was making us change that, makes you play in 10 (one running back, no tight end, four wide receivers) some, because they’re making so many plays, you want them on the field.”

Tech’s surplus of inside receivers already has led to plans to move promising sophomore Xavier White from the slot to running back when preseason practice begins. Rigdon, Carter and Mannix are returning after they caught 34, 27 and 26 passes last season for a combined 1,037 yards and 10 touchdowns.

We’ve talked about the lack of tight ends, which forced the staff to find a JUCO guy late in the year in Jason Lloyd to pair with Travis Koontz the likely returning starter.

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