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The Morning Stake: Ranking Big 12 Towns; Red Raider Encourages ISU’s Mitchell; Tennis Starts Big 12 Championship

In this Morning’s Stake: ranking the Big 12 college towns; a Red Raider sent a letter to an Iowa State player fighting cancer and tennis starts Big 12 Championship in Waco.

Photo via Charles Henry @ Flickr.

Ranking the Big 12 College Towns. Athlon Sports asked a bunch of people to rank the Big 12 college towns and Lubbock was ranked 7th overall. The reason given is that Lubbock is an outpost, but that’s pretty much most college towns, i.e. they aren’t the main towns, and saying that Lubbock is 350 miles from a major city. In any event, our friend, David Ubben came to Lubbock’s rescue:

If it makes anyone feel better, Waco was ranked 10th.

Iowa State’s Meyers Remaining Positive. Via the Iowa State Daily, Iowa State defensive end Mitchell Meyers has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and he tells the story of a Texas Tech fan writing him a letter to give him encouragement:

He said the most poignant support he receives comes from people who have stared down the barrel of the same, terrifying gun he currently stands facing.

“I had a letter from a Texas Tech fan who lives in Lubbock, and he went through the same thing I did maybe eight years ago, and it was encouraging to hear his story,” Meyers said. “I like hearing other peoples’ stories because it makes you feel like okay, I’m not the only one. I’m not going to feel bad for myself.”

Think a good thought for Mitchell and Guns Up to the person that sent that letter. It’s amazing how much of an affect that can have on someone.

Satellite Boys. Via College Football Talk’s Kevin McGuire the NCAA will start to take a look at satellite camps and will address it nationally. For example, some possible legislation would not permit Michigan from coming to Texas to host camps. Obviously, the programs where players are at, then they don’t want satellite camps.

Softball to Play Texas. The softball team is set to take on Texas in a 3 game series starting tonight at 6:00 pm in Austin. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Net.

Tennis in Waco. The #16 Texas Tech women’s team will face #41 Oklahoma today at noon. The #17 Texas Tech men’s team will take on #10 Texas at 9:00 am this morning. All matches are being played in Waco at the Hurd Tennis Center. The Big 12 site has a hub to follow along.

Women’s Golf in San Antonio. The women’s golf team will be at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio to play in the Big 12 Championship. The men don’t play until Monday and they play in Tulsa.

Track and Field at Drake Relays. The men’s and women’s track teams will in the Drake Relays in Iowa for the first time this weekend. Here’s head coach Wes Kittley:

“We’re really excited to head to Drake for the first time,” Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. “It was one of those things where they sought us out and really wanted us to go there. This will be a great opportunity for our athletes to go up against some of the best the world has to offer. This is one of those opportunities that tends to be unique to track & field. I can tell the kids are really excited to get started.”

Texas Tech already had Evans Tuitoek compete and finished 11th in the 5,000 meters.

Q&A with Dyer. Red Raider Sports does this annually, usually breaking in a new writer, and does a short Q&A with the incoming recruits. The new writer is Austin Hoffpauir (at least he is new to me) and the player first interviewed is offensive lineman Conner Dyer. He like sushi and would have signed with LSU if not for Texas Tech.


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