The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.09.07

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Good morning! I’m coming to you live from the Starbucks in Kaufman, Texas, where they do have working internet, opposed to my house where I apparently won’t have working internet until September 14th. Trying to look on the bright side of things and also trying to figure out how I’m going to watch Houston Baptist and Texas Tech play a football game when I don’t have internet to be able to watch the app (remember, this week’s game is on ESPN+ and you need to pay per month for that app or it will come with your Disney+ subscription if you have that) and most bars or restaurants aren’t going to carry something like that.

Because I’m trying to get a lot done with my limited time at Starbucks, I’m going to just give to you a bullet-pointed list.

ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel: Ex-women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings preparing to sue Texas Tech over firing

This has quotes from Stollings and some players who said that they don’t think Stollings did anything wrong.

Once you’re done with that, then this is a must-read from Avalanche-Journal’s Alexis Cubit who has an incredibly long and detailed look at the way that Stollings has treated players and Sydney Goodson, who transferred to Kansas State for her senior/graduate year initially spoke anonymously, but said that Stollings and the administration did not handle things correctly:

Goodson initially spoke to USA TODAY anonymously because, despite her appreciation for Texas Tech, she wasn’t sure anything was going to happen and didn’t want an awkward experience whenever the Wildcats played the Lady Raiders during Big 12 Conference play.

Once the article was published, however, she knew she couldn’t be silent anymore.

“It was too big to walk away from quietly,” Goodson said via text. “How we were treated was not okay, how administration handled it was not okay & I wanted to stand up & speak out about what we went through bc [because] it’s important. & if speaking out means one player doesn’t have to go through what we went through then it’s worth it.”

Not coincidentally, Judi Henry, the associate athletic director who was seemingly in charge of women’s basketball retired last week.

Goodson said several Lady Raiders allegedly tried to tell administrators like Judi Henry, who retired from being the university’s executive senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator after 40 years on Thursday, but to no avail.

In contrast, she recalls Stollings repeating something to the players in practice that they believed had been told to Judi Henry in confidence.

CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval: 2020 Big 12 expert picks: Most overrated and underrated teams, order of finish, bold predictions

Not a lot of confidence from most of the writers, which is fine, but David Cobb, I’m virtually high-fiving you for your most underrated team in the Big 12 thoughts.

Texas Tech: It won’t compete for the league title, but one would be misguided to assume — as many seem to be doing — that the Red Raiders are doomed to repeat last season’s 2-7 league record. For one thing, they finished 1-5 in games decided by 10 points or less. If a couple of those games go their way, this would have been a bowl team. With proven, veteran playmakers back at all three levels of the defense, they’re bound to better this season on that side of the ball. Where this team could be spectacular, however, is on offense. Quarterback Alan Bowman is finally healthy again, and with nearly all of his top weapons back, he could have a special season and guide this team back to respectability in the Big 12. — Cobb

The Mercury News’ Jon Wilner: Coronavirus is reshaping the future of college football (yep, we’re talking conference realignment)

Rivals’ Eric Bossi: Bossi’s Best: 2021 summer stock boosters

Bossi is really high on Texas Tech commit Jaylon Tyson (6-6/195):

Why his stock is rising: Early last winter, I had a few area coaches reach out to me asking what they were missing on Tyson when he was offered by Chris Beard and the Red Raiders. I hadn’t yet seen him at the time so I had no answer. His high school film and performances in front of our staff got him into the rankings, but what he’s done this summer should have him on the rise. His size, his prowess as a jump shooter, improving game off the dribble and a great frame to build on all have his stock climbing.

The Intercollegiate’s Luke Cyphers and Daniel Libit: “MUST LET HEAD COACH KNOW…”

You may not want to read this, but you might should. I did a ctrl+f seach for Texas Tech and there were a handful of mentions regarding Texas Tech athletics. Mostly were about Stollings and the program she ran with the Lady Raiders, but also with Adrian Gregory and the softball team. Maybe the most egregious was the fact that Gregory really wants to avoid if at all possible dating teammates, which I sort of understand. This is obviously a touchy subject, but it doesn’t make it any less a reality. I understand not wanting players to date each other, it could ruin a locker room pretty quickly.


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