The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2021.02.19

An intrepid attempt at your Texas Tech news, notes, and links.

I hope you are well.

I hope you all are warm, safe, and sound. I know that some of you are facing much bigger problems and I sincerely hope that you can climb out of whatever hole you are in right now if that’s the case.

I’ve been lucky and it never occurred to me that my house is on the same power grid as the local hospital, but it is. So I’m incredibly lucky and my family is safe and sound. I’ve mentioned to my wife that I feel guilty about the situation even though I have no control over it.

This post feels a bit hollow and I’d tell you that I’m certainly praying for and thinking about all of you who have been without heat and water and the essentials to be able to live.

Since I’m an internet guy and I can’t give you much more than links and previews and maybe things to take your mind off the current situation, that’s exactly what I’m going to do this morning.

Expect previews for the basketball game against Kansas on Saturday and baseball series in Arlington this weekend.

* This was a pretty neat article, from Kansas City Star’s Jesse Newell writes about getting rid of the Selection Committee and going to a statistic called Wins Above Bubble, which is more analytical and not subjective. I think I’d be down for that.

* Remember after the Super Bowl that some folks were trying to say that Patrick Mahomes didn’t play well? USA Today’s Steven Ruiz went through every negative play and assessed each play and guess what? It wasn’t Mahomes’ fault. Not a surprise.

* Rivals’ Sam Spiegelman goes through the winners and losers from the 2021 recruiting cycle and here’s a bit for Texas Tech:

Behren Morton is already on campus in Lubbock as the highest-rated quarterback signee in more than a decade — and that includes a former Texas Tech standout named Patrick Mahomes, who signed back in 2014. Morton, a local product, is the first four-star quarterback on Texas Tech’s campus since Scotty Young singed with the Red Raiders in 2010.

While Morton represents the future of the offense, it’s Texas Tech’s offensive tackle haul that’s most worthy of recognition.

Texas Tech signed Argyle (Texas) tackle Jack Tucker and courted fellow Dallas-area tackle Jacoby Jackson — a TCU legacy — away from the Horned Frogs to a regional Big 12 rival. Both had strong senior seasons and make for a formidable 1-2 punch at the tackle spots for Morton for the foreseeable future.

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