The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: January 14th

The Lady Raiders drop their 5th straight game. Vote for Tubby. The Big 12’s “big move” and a grad transfer considering Texas Tech.

  • Blown Out by TCU. The Lady Raiders were blown out by TCU (recap). Ivonne CookTaylor led the team with 15 points and Japreece Dean had 12. That’s the only ladies that scored in double-figures and this is the fifth straight loss for the Lady Raiders:

    “I felt like we were getting good looks at times, but we just couldn’t get them to go,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “TCU was obviously making plays, and they went on a run we couldn’t counter. I thought TCU did a good job of getting the ball inside, especially considering we did a good job of taking the three away. It just came down to us not being able to put the ball in the hole.”

    LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot recaps the game.

  • The Big 12 Isn’t Smart. Yesterday, the Big 12 and the rest of the conferences ended up compromising on how they were going to treat conferences that have only 10 members, but no conference championship game. Well, now, the Big 12 has the option to play a conference championship game. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a press conference afterwards that this could mean as much as $25 to $35 million for the conference. Logistically, having the option makes no sense because you would think that this would something that would need to be planned well in advance, while the Big 12 really won’t know if they would need a conference championship until the bitter end. This entire thing is completely dumb. The whole conference is dumb at this point (at least it feels that way).
    In addition to all of this, OU President David Boren had some hot sports opinions about the Big 12 being disadvantaged:

    “The Big 12 is disadvantaged when compared to the other conferences in three ways. We do not have at least twelve members, we do not have a conference network, and we do not have a championship game. I think that all three of these disadvantages need to be addressed at the same time. Addressing only one without addressing all three will not be adequate to improve the strength of the conference,” the statement read.

    As the great Hanz and Franz once said, “hear me now and believe me later” Oklahoma is looking to get the heck out of the Big 12.

  • Underrated Prospects. Rivals’ Matt Clare has some underrated prospects in the 2016 class and includes Jordyn Brooks, Ivory Jackson and Houston Miller. The weird thing about both Miller and Jackson is that they are, and have been, 2-star players for Rivals despite having some pretty stellar senior years. Especially for Miller, who seemed to produce a ton for Keller. I’m not sure why certain players get pegged, but that’s what it feels like. Jackson was productive too, so I’m not sure if this is a situation where Rivals doesn’t like some physical aspect of their game or what. I do think that Miller is a bit in-between an OLB and a defensive end and I’ll be interested to see what happens as he grows.
  • Brock Hired by Bowling Green.Texas Tech defensive quality control assistant, Matt Brock, will be the new special teams coordinator and defensive assistant for Bowling Green. Good for Brock and good luck!
  • Tuley-Tillman Considering Texas Tech. Michigan offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman is a graduate transfer and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Texas Tech could use an offensive linemen.

  • Miscellaneous. The DMN has a season rewind for your pleasure . . . CBS Sports ranks all 128 college football teams . . . RRS’s Matt Clare reviews the current class (not a lot of surprises there, but there are some names to keep in mind as we get close to NSD) . . .

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