The Morning Stake: 2016.01.04

Clergeot Highlight Reel. Texas Tech and Tubby Smith signed a point guard from Florida, Keon Clergeot, for the 2017 class. He scored 28 points in a recent game . . . in the 4th quarter alone.

There’s hardly any Texas Tech news out there, so I’m doing my best to find anything with Texas Tech ties.

  • Yesterday, TAMU and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital parted ways (via TheEagle). Jake is the brother to Zac, currently on Texas Tech’s coaching staff. The Texas Tech connection is that Jake pretty much followed Dana Holgorsen from Houston, where Spavital was a graduate assistant. Spavital followed Holgorsen to Oklahoma State, then to West Virginia and then to TAMU to replace Kliff Kingsbury. Texas Tech needs another offensive coach, but I don’t know the relationship between Kingsbury and Jake. We can pretty much presume / assume that director of football operations, Emmett Jones is going to take one offensive coaching position and we’ll have to wait and see on another. Kingsbury coaches the quarterbacks and that’s all that Spavital has coached so Spavital would have to coach different positions. The logical choice is for Spavital to return to West Virginia as the Mountaineers don’t have an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach.
  • I always wonder how or why these things get leaked, but yesterday, Michael Silver tweeted that UCLA head coach, Jim Mora, and TAMU head coach, Kevin Sumlin, are “trying hard to get to the NFL”. It doesn’t make any sense that the coaches are making these leaks know so close to National Signing Day, but if an NFL coach is going to get out, now is the time. Also, if we ever needed a reminder, commit to the program and not to the coach. Coaches come and go. I also can’t imagine that the agents for these coaches are angling for raises.
  • One of the other thoughts that I read is that with the hiring of new assistant coaches, they can bring some possible recruits this way. Just to go through the process, Texas Tech is already at 26 commits for the 2016 class. The actual limit each class is 25, but most likely, there is the the chance that up to four of these 2016 commits will count against the current scholarships available because DeQuan Bowman, Derrick Willies, Jett Duffey and Johnathan Picone are all early enrollees, which means that they don’t necessarily count against the 2016 class. This is all dependent on the number of current scholarships available, and that’s the mystery and moving target. We don’t know how many of those four will count against the 2016 class and how many spots are currently available.The bottom line is that this is already a very full class and there might be room for one or two more spots, but it’s very limited right now. We know that Texas Tech is after one more offensive lineman, Yasir Durant from Pennsylvania, but other than that, I think this class is pretty much set.


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