The Morning Stake: The LAJ Staff Ranks the Big 12 Cities

This morning, the staff at the Lubbock Avalanche Journal rank the Big 12 cities, plus golf makes a huge move in day three, with hopes of making the top 15.

Photo via Charles Henry @ Flickr.


Made a Move. I mentioned yesterday that these guys would need to play the round of a lifetime and they did, shooting a 282 in day three, which is about 20+ shots better than the first two days. Texas Tech needed to be one of the top 15 teams and weather forced an early end to day three as a handful of teams will need to finish the third round today. They currently sit 20th overall, so some teams will need to fall in order to make that top 15. A heck of an effort in day three and I hope it’s enough.

Big 12 Cities

Ranking the Big 12 Cities. The LAJ staff ranked the Big 12 cities and you also have Don Williams giving his separate rankings. I think a lot of you might agree with Don.


Smith Not a Fan of New Rules Via College Basketball Talk in 2016, high school players will be required to have a 2.3 GPA and completed 16 core classes. Head coach Tubby Smith is part of a group that is not in favor of these rules because not all schools are created equal and could discriminate students who attend high schools that aren’t as well of as other schools. I posted Texas Tech’s APR numbers last week and it’s almost a given that colleges that don’t have the resources as most Power Five conferences fall below the mark, simply because they just don’t have the resources and also because they generally take on student-athletes that may not have made it at a Power Five conference because of grades.  As an example, Alcorn State, Stetson, Florida A&M and Central Arkansas failed to meet the 930 score in basketball. If you ever wanted to read about APR, this article from an Oklahoma professor is really good.


Possible Red Raiders. Wreck’Em 24/7’s Michael LaBarre has his weekly recruiting look, with a focus on Oklahoma safety Dillon Stoner, who has named Texas Tech in his top four.

Strong and Weak ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon has what he thinks will be the strong and weak positions for Texas Tech, the strong being running back and the weak being defensive line.

The Struggle is Real. Football Study Hall’s Ian Boyd takes at Texas Tech’s eternal struggle to play good defense, with an emphasis on how Gibbs wants to funnel plays inside and not let players get to the edge.

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