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The Morning Stake | 2020.08.05

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This normally would be a front page post, but it’s 4:30 a.m. and as of right now, this story hasn’t been released. The USA Today reports (this is a Twitter link) that Texas Tech women’s basketball players “tell of abusive culture”. The byline reads, “Team members allege ridicule, threats to health.” I have tried to read a bit closer, but my old eyes really won’t let me do that and the front page gets into one detail, but not enough to detail any more than what I’ve written above.

UPDATE: Via USA Today, here is the article in question. Please read this. It’s terrible and I have barely had time to digest this, but this is a big deal.

Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams writes that Texas Tech is likely to have a 25% capacity at Jones AT&T Stadium, which would be about 15,000 total fans and of those 15,000 fans, it would be 3,00 students. Don reminds us of the issues of not operating at 50% capacity:

Tech senior associate athletics director Jonathan Botros, the department’s chief financial officer, said last month Tech athletics could run a balanced operating budget at $78 million if it could play all seven of its then-scheduled home games to 50% of capacity.

The $78 million was down from the $93.64 million Tech athletics originally budgeted for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. And that was before the Red Raiders lost September home dates against Alabama State and Arizona, games that would be worth worth about $2 million to $2.3 million each to the department under normal circumstances.

Athlon Sports’ Nicholas Ian Allen runs down the top 10 Heisman candidates and Alan Bowman is taking notes and given the 10th best chance:

If Patrick Mahomes couldn’t crack the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy voting when he threw for 5,052 yards and accounted for 53 total touchdowns in 2016, it seems highly unlikely that Bowman, the current Texas Tech quarterback, makes the cut. But Bowman has been great when healthy. In 11 career games over the last two seasons, Bowman has completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 3,658 yards and 23 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. A surprise Red Raiders turnaround and a statistical explosion to Mahomes-like numbers could be enough to generate a little Heisman buzz for Bowman in Lubbock.

The other news from yesterday is that Texas Tech and UTEP cancelled their game, so Texas Tech is looking for a 10th opponent. KLBK is reporting that Texas Tech will play Houston Baptist on September 12, but the deal has not been finalized. I noted in the comments yesterday that UTEP couldn’t play Texas Tech most likely because the Miners were already playing Texas in Austin and probably couldn’t play a second non-conference game.

Here are some tweets.

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