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The Morning Stake | 2020.07.09

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College basketball human Jon Rothstein I think was the first to report (could very well have been behind a paywall, but I don’t subscribe so I don’t know) that Texas Tech forward Marcus Santos-Silva will graduate from VCU today and thus he will be eligible at Texas Tech:

Marcus Santos-Silva will graduate from VCU tomorrow, per his father.

Will be immediately eligible for Texas Tech next season.

Averaged 12.8 PPG and 8.9 RPG in 19-20.

Departs for Lubbock on Friday.

I don’t think that many folks were really worried about Santos-Silva getting things done and becoming eligible, but now we wait on Mac McClung’s NCAA waiver. Don’t hold your breath, but certainly hope for the best.

CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone has his most recent mock draft and has Texas Tech guard Jahmi’us Ramsey going to Utah at #24.

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd has his hot seat rankings for coaches and here is Dodd’s scale, 5 is the hottest of seats while 0 is untouchable (i.e. he’s not getting fired). The number in the parentheses is the rating last year.

Baylor’s Dave Aranda 1
Iowa State’s Matt Campbell 1
Kansas’ Les Miles 2 (1)
Kansas State’s Chris Klieman 1 (2)
Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley 0
Mike Gundy 3 (1)
TCU’s Gary Patterson 0
Texas’ Tom Herman 4
Texas Tech’s Matt Wells 2
West Virginia’s Neal Brown 2 (1)

Some fairly significant events happened yesterday with respect to COVID-19.

1. The Ivy League delayed the start of all fall sports until January with the idea that no decision about any fall or spring sport has been made even for 2021:

“The campus policies make it impractical for competition to occur, at least through the end of the fall semester,” executive director Robin Harris told ESPN. “That’s why today we’re announcing. Eight campuses have announced their policies for the fall over the past two weeks. When we realized and the presidents realized based on these campus policies that we couldn’t have competition, we wanted to make sure the student-athletes were aware of the outcome.

“It’s certainly the right decision for the Ivy League, but it’s difficult.”

This will obviously affect other Power Five institutions that have one of the Ivy League teams on their schedule and this is a significant domino. It’s not a death knell for the Power Five, but it is obviously significant.

2. Stanford cut 11 varsity sports programs at the end of the 2020-21 season: men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. Stanford’s endowment is $27 billion [with a “b”] and I’m not a math guy, but I’m guessing that income earned off of that could maybe save some of these sports if that’s what they wanted to do. I really don’t know what an endowment is for other than to be there and look like a lot of money [I know it is there to fund things].

I know these aren’t necessarily name-brand sports, but these are sports that are a big deal at Stanford. I think we all sort of understand that this is something that will probably continue to happen across the U.S. and it is one of the reasons why the Big 12 and every Power Five institution feels like they will have to play football. We’re approximately 50 or so days away from the first game and although things can change on a dime I am concerned about how all of this [gestures to everything] is playing out. My guess is that athletic departments are somewhat on their own and the university would rather not pay for athletics. Texas Tech’s endowment is $1.3 billion and if it wanted to give $50 million to the athletic department to save it [let’s just pretend worst case scenario], that would represent a shade under 4% of the total value of Texas Tech’s endowment.

Here are some tweets.

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