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The Morning Stake: May 18th

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Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech.

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Youssouf Is Home. Over three years since we started this process and over two years since Youssouf has been referred to us, Youssouf came home the night before last. Thank you to everyone of you for supporting me and making this happen. I love you all for all of your support.





Ulvydas to Transfer. Freshman center Rokas Ulvydaas is apparently transferring from Texas Tech. I was curious where Texas Tech would be finding an open scholarship for the guy that eventually chose Seton Hall and this was apparently it. I suppose that if Matt Temple doesn’t get a scholarship, that would be another open spot.


Jackson Signs with Oakland.

Tony Morales Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List.

Post Spring Defensive Line. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon has his post-spring defensive line rankings and has Texas Tech 9th overall:

9. Texas Tech (9): Defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko provides a terrific force in the middle, but the Red Raiders will be counting on a redshirt freshman (Broderick Washington) alongside him. On the outside Gary Moore is a name to keep an eye on after he recorded three sacks and four tackles for loss in limited action a year ago.

Chatmon also ranks the linebackers and has Texas Tech 10th:

10. Texas Tech (8): Dakota Allen’s dismissal is a step backward, prompting the Red Raiders slide to the bottom of the rankings by removing the leading returning tackler from a defense that struggled a year ago. D’Vonta Hinton and Malik Jenkins ended the spring in the other starting positions. Early enrollee Johnathan Picone could be asked to take on a key role as a true freshman in Allen’s absence.

Kingsbury on 105.3. I wasn’t able to find the audio, but DMN’s Mike DuPont transcribed a bit of it.

On using school’s geographical landscape as a selling point in recruiting:
Kingsbury: We do, there’s no question. Every weekend you know where everyone’s going to be at and it makes for an incredible college experience. Our student section at our games is by far the biggest in the Big 12 – maybe in the country – but it’s 12- to 15,000 people there in the student section every week and it’s a lot like you said, we’re out there by ourselves in our own little world and I think you’ve got to stick together. There’s a real sense of community and that means a lot to the University.

Baylor Stays Silent. In news that should not surprise, the Baylor regents are not commenting after receiving the report from the Philadelphia law firm regarding the sexual assaults at Baylor. The DMN Editorial Board wrote that Baylor needs to release the report now:

So far, Baylor’s findings remain available only to a select few. We can hope this is a temporary situation. Baylor’s regents received a “comprehensive briefing” last week from the law firm but have not addressed it. A spokeswoman said Monday that the board would act “decisively” on the report and its recommendations “in the coming weeks.”

Our advice: Redact the names of the innocent and release every page, not just controlled excerpts. This is not now, and never has been, about which football team you root for on Saturdays. This is about basic human decency and accountability.

Ken Starr, Baylor’s president and chancellor, used more than 1,400 words in a February letter addressed to “Baylor Nation” to ask for patience and to pledge the university’s best efforts. “Transparency” was not among them. It must be now.

Miscellaneous. FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman and CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodds each have their preseason top 25 . . .


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