The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: May 31st

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You daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics, including when the baseball team takes the field on Friday and Kingsbury watching the Denver Broncos practice.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr


Track & Field

Texas Tech Sends 14 to NCAA Championships. Texas Tech sent nine student-athletes on Friday and five more on Saturday to the NCAA Championships. That’s a lot and congrats to all.


Texas Tech’s First Pitch at 2 pm on Friday. Texas Tech will begin their postseason Friday at 2:00 pm against Fairfield:

The Red Raiders, who earned the No. 5 national seed, will also host No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist and No. 3 seed New Mexico in the four-team regional. New Mexico and Dallas Baptist will conclude the opening day of action with a 6 p.m. first pitch Friday evening. Both games will air live on ESPN3.

Tech (41-16) and Fairfield (32-24) will be meeting for the first time in program history Friday as the Stags are the No. 4 seed in the regional after claiming the MAAC Championship last weekend.

New Mexico (38-21) and Dallas Baptist (41-17) are both familiar foes for the Red Raiders, whose No. 5 seed is their highest in school history since the NCAA created the Super Regional round in 1999. Tech faced New Mexico three times during the 2016 season alone, taking two-of-three games from the Mountain West Tournament champions.

Garrido Steps Down. Via the Chron’s Mike Finger, Texas head coach Augie Garrido is stepping down as the head coach for the Longhorns and is reassigned to a position at the athletic director’s office.

Men’s Basketball

In the Running for Francis. Texas Tech is apparently in the running for Florida shooting guard Brandone Francis.

Francis was originally a 4-star guard from Jacksonville that only played about 10 minutes for the Gators last year before (I think) being redshirted his freshman year. Francis should have two years remaing of eligibility.

Reese to Hold Summer Camp. Via GoSanAngelo, we learn that former Red Raider basketballer Brad Reese is set to hold a summer camp in San Angelo from June 6-10 and is super-excited that Chris Beard is now the head coach and could have joined Beard as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech, but still wants to play:

But the 28-year-old wants to play at least another year of professional basketball in Luxembourg. The 6-foot-7 power forward earned second-team honors for Heffingen on the 2016 All-Luxembourg League Team.

After his playing days are over, Reese wants to embark on a coaching career. He’s just putting those plans on hold for the moment.

“I don’t want to jump into it when I’m not ready to,” he said. “I’m only 28 now, so I think I’ve got a couple more years left in me. When I get done, I would love to go back to my alma mater and help them build the program back up to where it needs to be.”


Kingsbury in Denver. You can catch a rare off-season interview with head coach Kliff Kingsbury talking to a Denver Broncos reporter. Some of us were wondering as to Kingsbury’s relation to the Denver staff and apparently Kingsbury coached with Gary Kubiak’s son at TAMU, Klint Kubiak.

Baylor Tabs Grobe as Head Coach; AD McCaw Resigns. Via multiple sources, Baylor is set to name former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe as the new head coach at Baylor. Our friend David Ubben at Sports On Earth has a good summary of the situation. Ubben also notes it would be wise for Baylor to stay away from the Briles tree of coaches, including Phil Bennett, who is expected to be the defensive coordinator, but interestingly enough, every player involved in the Baylor scandal was a defensive player. Baylor is also losing recruits and commits. In other Baylor news, Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw resigned yesterday. And if you’d like some hot takes, Randy Galloway was on the Dan Patrick Show and had lots of takes, including the steroids allegations, recruiting players to Stephenville, and even also says that Briles is a genuinely good guy, but when he’s in charge of the football program, as Galloway says, there’s a “slimeball” factor with Briles (entire podcast can be found here). Also of note is that Galloway used to work closely with Matt Moseley, a Baylor alum, and former high school classmate of mine at the ESPN radio in Dallas. I should note that Galloway is a noted curmudgeon, which some of you  may like and some of you may not. There’s also the fact that Galloway may have an axe to grind too. He’s not my favorite media person, but I’m still throwing it out there.


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