The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: January 23rd

Texas Tech introduces the new volleyball head coach. A feature on Japreece Dean and Norense Odiase is out 6 weeks. The football recruits are in town for a huge recruiting weekend.

Track & Field

Travel to Texas A&M Quadrangular. I don’t know what a quarangular is, but the Texas Tech track and field team is headed to one at TAMU. The official site has you covered with a preview and how to watch. Here’s head coach Wes Kittley previewing the meet:


Graystone Introduced as Head Coach.

You can watch the entire press conference and it’s always nice to watch because AD Kirby Hocutt does what he does best, and is probably very underrated and what makes him so good, is that he thanks everyone involved, from the players to the ancillary staff, for keeping things afloat while they find a candidate.

Lady Raiders Basketball

Dean Excelling as a Freshman. The official site has a story on freshman point guard Japreece Dean, who has turned heads as a true freshman in Big 12 play.

Men’s Basketball

Odiase Out Six Weeks. Via LAJ’s Krista Pirtle and has generally been reported elsewhere, Texas Tech center Norense Odiase is out for at least six weeks after he broke his fourth metatarsal. He won’t have to have surgery, but will need to be in a cast:

β€œThey’ll kept it in a cast, in a hard cast for three weeks and then they’ll take that off, take a look at it, and then determine how far along it is and what they need to do going forward,” Smith said.


Duffey Receives a 4th Star by Scout. Scout’s Greg Powers notes that Texas Tech signee, QB Jett Duffey, has received a 4th star, which makes four 4-star players for Texas Tech according to Scout, Houston Miller, Derrick Willies and T.J. Vasher.

Help on the Way. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon is doing a series of players who are on the way to help the team from the current recruiting class, with thoughts from ESPN recruiting analyst Jeremy Crabtree:

The highlights in the defensive line class are defensive tackle Ivory Jackson and Nick McCann, two high school tackles from the Lone Star State. Junior-college prospect Mychealon Thomas was one of the top prospects in the always-loaded Kansas Jayhawk Junior College Conference and recruiters loved his motor for a 320-pounder. From a pure bodies standpoint, it looks like the Red Raiders hit a home run filling its biggest need in 2016, but the crop is full of quality, too. — Crabtree

Hocutt on College Football Playoff. Via the DMN’s Mike DuPont, a transcript from Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt who was on 103.3 in Dallas.

On the Big 12’s strength in discussions and relevance of a conference championship:
Hocutt: “I want to be very careful when I wear the chairman’s cap of the CFP and then when I also wear my Big 12 Conference Athletic Director’s cap. So if I could talk from the position as a Big 12 Athletics Director, I was excited to learn that we are now able to have the option to have a championship game with a 10-member league if we so choose. I think that’s something that we’ll put on the table when we’re together in a couple of weeks and then again in May at our Spring meetings and continue to decide what is best for the Big 12 Conference as we move forward. But I think from a competitive standpoint, from top to bottom the Big 12 Conference – the strength in all of our sports is very strong.”

Recruiting Update.


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