The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.06.26

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I’m not going to lie. I’m pretty exhausted. Sunday was a late night and cooking dinner, Monday night I had soccer practice duty, and last night I decided to mow in case it rained any more this week. Amazingly, we dodged the rain yesterday, during the day and by the time that I finished up it was around 7:00 p.m. Low and behold, it started to rain at 8:30 in the evening, so I feel somewhat vindicated that I needed to get my mow on. I don’t know if anyone else ever feels that urge to mow because of the weather, but I know that during the summer, I’m pretty well obsessed with it when it is rainy.

Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams is not happy that Texas Tech is not releasing the results of the athletic team results regarding COVID-19 results.

A-J Media subsequently sent an open-records request to Tech on June 15, seeking numbers — not names, but numbers — of positive tests and recoveries within the football and men’s basketball programs. The numbers for football players, the numbers for football coaches and other staff, the number for basketball players, the number for basketball coaches and other staff.

Tech’s response to the request Tuesday afternoon yielded zero information.

In regard to a request for information about positives within the men’s basketball program, an official within the university’s public-information office wrote: ”(D)ue to basketball and other teams having a small number of participants ([greater than] 10), we are unable to release the number of athletes that have tested positive because it could lead to the identification of the students which would be in violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).”

I get why Williams wants to know, that’s part of what he does, but personally, I’m fine not knowing really. It doesn’t bother me that it is being kept private, or being released only to the county as is required.

Typical Tech with head coach Matt Wells and former Texas Tech baseballer AJ Ramos. Wells talked a bit about Alabama transfer Chadarius Townsend, very athletic and very physical and elite speed. Wells confirmed that he would play running back. Wells also talked about him and the staff doing a peaceful walk with his team on the east side of Lubbock. Wells also thinks that we need sports, and football, and we have to continue to figure out a way to make sure we can enjoy it, including all of us wearing a mask (even if you think it’s dumb, if it brings back sports, then I’m all for it).

24/7 Sports’ Andrew Ivins writes about the best tight end classes of the 2021 class and Texas Tech gets a mention:

Texas Tech has had just one tight end selected in the NFL Draft over the past 30 years: Jace Amaro. Red Raiders assistant Luke Wells is working to change that as he has two high-upside pass-catching tight ends committed in Spring (Texas) Kline three-star Mason Tharp and Wichita (Texas) Rider three-star Jed Castles. Tharp, who has highlights of him throwing down in-game dunks on the hardwood, is listed at 6-7, 225 pounds and is able to use his long arms to make difficult catches. Castles checks in at 6-6, 215 pounds. He too can run and make himself a big target. It wouldn’t be a surprise if a strong senior season earns him a fourth star from the 247Sports rankings council.

Here are some tweets.

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