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The Morning Stake | 2020.09.16

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I learned something today.

T. Jones, former Texas Tech athletic director, passed away at the age of 89 at his home in Horseshoe Bay.

T. Jones played football for Texas, was a coach there for a handful of years under Darrell Royal, did business things in the real world, then came back to college and was an associate athletic director at Texas only to then become the athletic director at Texas Tech in 1985 through 1996. Jones hired Spike Dykes and Larry Hays as well as James Dickey, and helped bring a national championship to Texas Tech with the Lady Raiders and Marsha Sharp.

Jones was the athletic director while I was in college and the interesting thing for me is that Jones and who was the athletic director was never on my radar. In 1996 I never once cared who was the athletic director.

And now, knowing who the athletic director is something that we all care about.

Amazing how time changes what we think is important. I know this is just me and you very well may have cared who the athletic director at the time, but it seems like much simpler times.

Jones was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 2004.

Rest in peace T.

If you’d like a little basketball content, Three Man Weaver previews the Big 12 with Texas Tech coming in at 3rd, behind Kansas and Baylor. I think I posted Three Man Weave’s Texas Tech preview last week so you can check that out. Additionally, the TMW crew think that Nimari Burnett will make the second team all-conference with Terrence Shannon third team, with Burnett and Marcos Santos-Silva earning newcomer awards.

Both links are via ESPN. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said that most of his team has contracted COVID-19 and I don’t know if that means slightly more than 50% or closer to 90%. Additionally, Arkansas State has postponed their upcoming football game against Central Arkansas because they couldn’t field a position group. Arkansas State didn’t have 9 starters last week when they upset Kansas State. Memphis had to halt football activities because of “significant number of individual” had to be quarantined because of an outbreak. Memphis and Arkansas State played each other to basically open up the season last week on Thursday. These things all seen connected.

Here are some tweets.

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