The Morning Stake | 2020.09.23

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When I posted about softball head coach Adrian Gregory’s resignation, not all details had been released regarding her resignation, particularly, the USA Today article initially referenced did not have all of the details that are provided now. I’ve updated that post to reflect the new information that’s come out. You can check out that link for some of those details, but it was player and coach abuse allegations that led to a review of the program and Gregory’s resignation.

This is kinda fun. 24/7 Sports Jerry Meyer did a mailbag and was asked who is the most forward thinking program in terms of recruiting and/or scheme:

By far the program that sticks out to me in this regard is Texas Tech. Never considered a blue blood, and not being known as a basketball hotbed, Texas Tech under Chris Beard has developed an impressive approach to recruiting.

Coach Beard has the program to a point where it can land top 100 type recruits. But the program also has an impressive ability to find prospects who are under the radar but full of potential. Texas Tech has a record of then developing these prospects.

I will never for get several years ago when a Texas Tech assistant asked me if I knew of any under the radar prospects with length, athleticism and a great work ethic. The coach said I don’t care if he can shoot or is that skilled. We are just looking for guys with athleticism, length and a love of the game where they will work their ass off in the gym.

Sticking with basketball, Busting Brackets’ Tristan Freeman has his preseason Big 12 power rankings and Texas Tech checks in at 3:

To reiterate, this is assuming that all transfers get waivers. That would include Mac McClung, the former Georgetown Hoya guard who averaged over 15 ppg in his past two seasons. His transfer and recruitment were a major offseason storyline and his decision to come to Lubbock is a sign of how much the program has risen under head coach Chris Beard.

Receiver T.J. Vasher and safety Eric Monroe spoke to the media yesterday.

If you can’t watch, Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams summarizes those media scrums, with this from Vasher what it will take for him to improve as a player:

“I feel like for me it’s all kind of been the same thing, at least for the past few years: establishing that consistency, being a leader in my room and taking over and being a dominant receiver in this offense,” he said. “I feel like that’s what I’m ready to do and that’s what I’m here to do this year.”

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