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The Morning Stake | 2020.12.03

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Beard talked about being prepared for the unexpected, with Sean Sutton leading the charge and Beard mentioning that he had some connections with Troy. Also thankful to ESPN for broadcasting the game.

Vlad Goldin was cleared for the Houston game, but didn’t play because of coach’s decision, although Kevin McCullar is continuing to rehab and maybe the thought is to get him ready for conference play

Beard also answers a question about Joel Ntambwe and gets into a discussion about playing time and how how playing well in practice creates opportunities. Beard doesn’t really discuss Joel individually, just discusses how maybe playing time directly relates to effort.

Beard talked about Mac McClung and his elite quickness and he’s an elite athlete and how that translates to defense. Beard said that the team’s objective is to win and defend, and McClung has the ability to be a great defender.

Beard did not like the question about his team’s “teeth getting kicked in” by Sean Dillon for the Houston game. So I’m not real sure that’s an appropriate question. Beard did say that the team held themselves accountable and proud of the vets. Said the team responded and are looking forward to Friday night and playing on national television.

To read an actual reporter summarize, then check out Avalanche Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. and him.

“One of my close friends who was on my staff is Ulric Maligi, who is on their staff,” head coach Scott Cross said. “He probably saw on Twitter that our game against Wake Forest got canceled, and their game against St. John’s got canceled too. We both had an opening so it was a perfect match.”

Maligi, an assistant coach with Texas Tech, isn’t the only link the two programs share. Beard has known Cross, as well as his assistants Kenneth Mangrum and Brandon Gilbert during his time coaching at North Texas under Vic Trilli.

“Like I’ve said before, it gets down to relationships,” Beard said. “People you can trust to try to put the players in a position to where they can have a game.”

The Lady Raiders announced that they have replaced one of their games that was previously cancelled with Rice on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and the game will be on ESPN+.

Athlon Sports’ Nicholas Ian Allen previews and predicts the Kansas vs. Texas Tech game:

Texas Tech is a heavy favorite and understandably so β€” though it has more to do with Kansas’ struggles than the strength of the Red Raiders. KU ranks 124th out of 127 active FBS teams in scoring offense (16.1 points per game), 125th in total offense (264.9 yards per game), and 126th in yards per play (3.76). Kansas has surrendered 49.8 points per game, 469.6 yards per contest, and 6.72 yards per play on defense, which rank No. 127, No. 111, and No. 116, respectively. The Red Raiders haven’t been much better on defense, but there’s little evidence to suggest the Jayhawks will be able to stop the Texas Tech offense.

Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams has a notebook with some important items:

  • Defensive end Eli Howard has accepted an invitation to the College Gridiron Showcase and Symposium, which presumes that Howard will move on (which is great!).
  • Receiver T.J. Vasher posted on Instagram that he had successful surgery and Texas Tech confirmed that he had surgery on his knee.
  • Both Matt Wells and Keith Patterson mentioned freshman safety Jon-Jon Davis this week in their weekly presser: “He’s a young guy that’s going to be a big, heavy-hitting safety, come downhill and, again, he’s very cerebral,” Patterson said. “He understands the game. He’s a great communicator. I really look forward to spring football and being able to watch his development.”

Here are some tweets.

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