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The Morning Stake | 2020.07.17

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Hey gang. Well, it’s Friday and, well, I’ve had better weeks. With that being said, anyone else up for trying a pickle in a really cold beer today? I’ve got some really shitty beers and my mom just gave me some fresh homemade pickles. Let’s do this. For science.

Well, the NCAA came out with a report of their recommendations about how to handle COVID-19 and, well, if you have been encouraged you should maybe hedge your bets a bit. You can read the entire report here and it is detailed, but basically, everyone wears a mask on the sideline, quarantined for 14 days if you have a risk of exposure, test results must be obtained within 72 hours of the competition, and face shields should be worn when it can.

SI’s Ross Dellenger was the first with the story and summarizes that NCAA document in a much more readable fashion. Additionally, there is this note:

The document details several conditions that would result in a school discontinuing competition and/or complete seasons: 1) lack of ability to isolate new positive cases or quarantine high-contact risk cases on campus; 2) inability to perform weekly testing; 3) campus-wide or local community test rates that are considered unsafe by local public health officials; 4) inability to perform adequate contact tracing; 5) local public health officials state that there is an inability for the hospital infrastructure to accommodate a surge in COVID-related hospitalizations.

Nos. 3 and 5 are a great concern for athletic administrators. As detailed in a story last week in SI, administrators’ top concern is that rising cases nationwide will overwhelm local public health departments. That includes inundated hospitals and testing labs, impacting colleges’ own virus-related supplies and potentially slowing test results, as detailed in this SI story published Tuesday.

We can all say that the hospitals in Lubbock are fine, and I believe that they are, but it’s not just about us. We have to take a look at a place like Oklahoma or Austin or wherever and if their rates aren’t low as well, then there are obviously issues.

Rivals’ Corey Evans was originally writing about Jonathan Kuminga’s decision, but ends up writing a bit about Joel Ntambwe and how his presence in Lubbock is up in the air:

While many believed that his presence on the Red Raiders’ roster would help guide Kuminga to Lubbock, it may actually work the other way. Sources have told Rivals.com that Ntambwe could actually decide against returning to Texas Tech and could, in some form, represent his younger brother.

So the Red Raiders could end up not only missing out on Kuminga but also losing an integral member of its team for the upcoming season. That would be a tough pill to swallow, but my guess is that Chris Beard and Texas Tech will be just fine.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello rated the winners and lowers of the transfer market and Texas Tech gets the top spot:

Texas Tech: Chris Beard has landed key transfers in each of the past two years, but he might have had his best group yet this spring. He received commitments from Mac McClung (Georgetown) and Marcus Santos-Silva (VCU), both of whom are hoping to be eligible to play immediately, and also picked up Wichita State transfer Jamarius Burton as a sit-out option. Santos-Silva graduated from VCU earlier this month, so he should be good to go immediately, while McClung is hoping for a waiver. Both McClung and Santos-Silva would be two of the top 10 immediately eligible transfers and would likely start right away for the Red Raiders.

Here are some tweets.

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