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The Morning Stake: April 1st

Your daily dose of of the news, notes and links on Texas Tech athletics.


Not “Celebrating” April Fool’s Day. In continuance of a long-standing tradition of not having any fun, we’re not celebrating April Fool’s Day today. No reason to give anyone a heart attack. In lieu of April Fool’s Day shenanigans, here’s a gif of Magnum P.I..


Women to Host Kansas State and Kansas. The women’s tennis team will host the Kansas State Wildcats on Friday and Kansas on Sunday. The matches begin at 5:00 pm on Friday and 12:00 pm on Sunday:

“We need to carry over what we do in practice,” Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty said. “We need to continue to play loose and get better at finishing off games and sets. We did a good job of finishing off sets when we had leads against DePaul and Northwestern last week. Being able to put away matches when we have chances will be a big factor in conference play.”

Track & Field

Baker and Tuitoek Ring Up Points at Texas Relays. Javelin thrower Natalie Baker won Section B in the women’s javelin and Evans Tuitoek won Section A of the men’s 1500 meter run at the Texas Relays in Austin. Additional results at the link.


Texas Tech to Host Oklahoma State. The softball team will host Oklahoma State in a three-game series, starting Friday night. This is the first Big 12 Series for the softball team and the first game starts at 6:00 pm tonight, game 2 is tomorrow at 4:00 pm and 12:00 pm on Sunday.

Lady Raiders Basketball

Report: Swoopes to be Inducted into Hall of Fame. Per Mark Berman of Fox 26, Sheryl Swoopes will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. What an honor for Swoopes if that happens!


Practice. Kinda fun to see David Gibbs smiling so much.

Pushing the Tempo in Midland. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes about how head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants to push the tempo on Saturday in Midland:

Saturday when the team travels down to Midland for a spring scrimmage, the cameras will still surely be on. However, Kingsbury expects the offense to be rolling as well.

“During a lot of practices we don’t push the tempo as much because we want to get some good film to teach with and then on the scrimmages we will cut it loose,” the Red Raiders coach said.

On the Spot. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon writes about RB Justin Stockton and if Stockton can be “the guy” at running back for Texas Tech:

The remaining question, and the reason Stockton finds himself on the spot, is how the 5-foot-10, 185 pound running back can handle the increased carries and workload on his body. He had 48 carries for 396 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman followed by 61 carries for 367 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. Stockton’s eight carries in his debut against UTEP and his 11 touches against Sam Houston State last year are career highs. By comparison, Washington averaged 20.9 touches including 16.8 carries during the past two seasons as the Red Raiders’ primary ball carrier.

Plaintiff: Baylor Took No Action. Via ESPN, the Title IX lawsuit filed by a former Baylor student, Jasmin Hernandez, against Baylor alleges the following:

The lawsuit also names head football coach Art Briles and details phone calls that Hernandez’s mother and father made to Briles. They never received a return call from the coach, or a follow-up from anyone at the university except a secretary who said athletics officials “were looking into it.”

“Despite Hernandez’s multiple reports to several administrative offices that she had been raped by another Baylor student, Baylor did not take any action whatsoever to investigate Hernandez’s claim,” the draft lawsuit states.

And if you want to read the entire suit, Deadspin has the filing and scroll on down to item 65 where “Defendant Briles” is alleged to have breached a handful of fiduciary duties (I have no idea if he personally is responsible for those fiduciary duties).

Miscellaneous. Via Chris Ross at Land Grant Gauntlet, there are some new Heisman trophy odds and one Patrick Mahomes is getting some love . . .


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