The Morning Stake: May 19th

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Ladies in Sweet 16 and Face No. 1 Cal. The ladies tennis team is in Tulsa and set to take on No. 1 Cal today at 4:00 pm:

“The players handled the situations fairly well and learned a great deal about themselves last weekend,” Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty said. “One of the lessons was the capability to win on the big stage when you’re not playing your best tennis. With that being said, we’re going to have to play some of our best tennis to have a shot against a very talented California team. I do believe that the players feel like they haven’t played their best tennis at this point in the tournament, and it still has the capability to come.”


Ranking the DB’s. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon ranks the defensive backs in the Big 12 and has Texas Tech 10th:

10.Texas Tech (9): Nigel Bethel’s spring absence was not ideal, as he was one of the Red Raiders’ top defenders a year ago. But Jah’Shawn Johnson returns as one of the Big 12’s top safeties and a tone-setter on the defense. Three seniors, Justis Nelson, Thierry Nguema and Keenon Ward fill out the rest of the starting secondary, but the depth chart remains fluid heading into the preseason and the unit as a whole needs to improve considerably for Texas Tech to make a run at a Big 12 title.

Texas Tech ranked 10th and 9th with the linebackers and defensive line by ESPN.

Miller Ready to Compete. RP’s Jarrett Johnson talked with 2016 signee, defensive end Houston Miller, about how he’s adding weight and working towards contributing:

“I’ve been hitting the gym every day and then doing extra stuff with my trainer or on my own,” Miller said. “I’ve been doing extra things that other people don’t want to do just trying to set myself apart. I’ve just been eating, putting on weight. That’s the biggest thing, I have put on a couple pounds since signing day. I’m at 250 right now and trying to get to 255 by the time I get there, but I think I’ll be a able to do that.”

More there about where Miller wants to end up in terms of weight and he’s answerng the question about where he sees himself playing, as a standup outside linebacker of the rush end.

What the Hell Baylor? It’s not just Baylor this time, it’s also the Waco Police Department that seems to be complicit in covering up new domestic violence allegations, via ESPN’s Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach:

According to the police documents, at least some Baylor officials, including coaches, knew about many of the incidents, and most players did not miss playing time for disciplinary reasons. None of the incidents has been widely reported in the media.

In one case from 2011, an assault at an off-campus event in Waco ended with three football players being charged and Baylor and Waco police discussing the incident. Waco police, according to documents, took extraordinary steps to keep it from the public view “given the potential high-profile nature of the incident.” According to a police report obtained by Outside the Lines, Waco’s investigating officer asked a commander that “the case be pulled from the computer system so that only persons who had a reason to inquire about the report would be able to access it.” The report was placed in a locked office.

In another case, a sexual assault allegation against a former star player has remained in Waco police’s open-case status for four years, which, under Texas open records laws, effectively shields the case’s details from public view. The player and the alleged victim deny any assault took place, and in a separate criminal investigation, Waco police noted that officers had dealt with the woman as part of other allegations she had made against various people and concluded she was “deceptive.”

Just in case you’re keeping track, that’s additional assaults from 2011 to 2015.

Via the Waco Tribune, the Waco police are saying they didn’t do anything wrong:

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton called the ESPN report “sensationalism in journalism” and explained that a narrative of a 2011 police report was removed from the typical records system to protect the integrity of the case. He also said high-profile cases such as these, and officer-involved shootings, will have a narrative pulled from a report so others with access to the records system, including officers and office clerks, do not see them.

Swanton said the ESPN report’s authors do not understand the police department’s records system.

“It is incorrect. It is inaccurate. They are not ‘extraordinary steps,’ ” Swanton said, referring to the ESPN report, which said police took “extraordinary steps” to keep the report from public view.

If you want to hear from a victim, then I would Stefanie Mundhenk, who is speaking out.

FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman writes about how college coaches are wondering what the heck is going on in Waco, as an anonymous coach wonders how long Briles can keep his job:

“These guys kept playing?” the coach said. “The message you’re sending is, ‘This isn’t a big deal.'”

The coach pointed out that because of the Clery Act, which requires schools to keep records of crime on and near their campuses, universities and athletic departments have had to become very diligent in the protocol when incidents occur. Or at least they’re supposed to have.

“There are three big questions here: Who knew what happened? When did they know about it? And, what action was taken?

“This is a guy (Briles) who prides himself in being a players’ coach and coaching his team like a high school team. It’s really hard to believe that he didn’t know about any of this stuff.”

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