The Morning Stake: Ranking the Big 12 Coaching Jobs; Baseball Not Thinking About Last Year

In the Morning Stake:  the Big 12 coaching jobs are ranked and you might not be all that pleased; baseball isn’t thinking about the College World Series from last year; plus news on softball, soccer and track and field.

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Ranking the Big 12’s Coaching Jobs. Athlon Sports asked a handful of Big 12 writers to rank the Big 12 coaching jobs and Texas Tech ranked 7th overall. Pretty amazing how things change over a short period of time.

Looking to Get Back on Track. DMN’s Chuck Carlton writes about the baseball team (which is a bit strange) and how the team isn’t thinking about the College World Series last year:

“I think there were guys wanting to play here because we develop players and take care of them,” Tadlock said. “Now, there may be some players who want to come here because we went to the College World Series and finished among the top eight teams in the country. Absolutely, it’s given us a boost.

“But we don’t want to be talking about last year for the next six weeks. We want to be talking this season.”

The interesting thing is that we do find out that Tim Proudfoot didn’t make the trip this weekend to Manhattan and it sounds like Dylan Dusek is fully healthy (fingers crossed).

And if you like to keep up with recruiting, you’ll note that D1 Baseball’s Frankie Piliere writes about the high school top 100 with commitments and mentions two Texas Tech commits as well as Kyler Murray:

The biggest story of the spring on the high school side, however, is the continued emergence of athletic hitters at the top of the class. Texas Tech commitment Trenton Clark and Florida commit Kyle Tucker have enjoyed excellent spring seasons, moving up draft boards on the strength of their advanced hit tools and ability to show power to all fields. Perhaps the most intriguing athlete in the class is Texas native, dual-threat quarterback and five-star Texas A&M recruit, Kyler Murray. Murray has spent most of this spring as a designated hitter but has some of the loudest tools in the 2015 draft.

In looking at the list, Trenton Clark is the #5 high school baseball player in the nation.

College Football Playoff Stuff. I wasn’t sure where to shoe-horn this as ACC commissioner John Swofford doesn’t think the ACC will split into 3 divisions if deregulation is passed. Also, College Football Playoff members Condoleezza Rice and Larry Scott want to keep the CFB to four teams.

Spring Soccer. The soccer team will also be in action Saturday morning to host New Mexico at 11:00 am at the John Walker Soccer Complex. I didn’t realize that the team had already played two matches this spring, but they are 2-0, beating West Texas A&M and Abilene Christian. Admission is free, so get out there.

In other soccer news, signee Kate Summers was named the National High School Player of the week as part of her Highland Park HS team.

Split Squad for Track & Field Teams. The track and field teams will split up this weekend as some student-athletes will stay close to home, in Waco, for the Michael Johnson Classic, and other student-athletes will head west in California, to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays and the Azusa Clay Invitational.

Softball Series Starts Saturday. The softball team will play Oklahoma State for a weekend series starting on Saturday and goes through Monday.

Miscellaneous. Former Oklahoma State receiver and kick-returner Tyreek Hill will be an Akron Zip next year . . . Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will have two satellite football camps in Texas, one in the Dallas area and a second in the Houston area . . .

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