The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: June 17th

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics, including the baseball team making their way to Omaha and Art Briles goes all-in against Baylor.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

I’ve been in depositions the past two days and feel like I’ve been absent, at least in mind, the past two days. Shouldn’t be out of pocket for a while now. I’m posting two new recruiting profiles today to get caught up on those and I’ll have a baseball preview up on Saturday or Sunday before Texas Tech plays in the College World Series against TCU.


First Day in Omaha.

New Mentality. LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes that the team, in particular Cory Raley, is confident about returning to the College World Series:

“Yeah, we’re confident,” senior Tyler Floyd said. “Look at this last game when we throw Erikson Lanning, who hadn’t thrown in I don’t know how long. We all had all the confidence in the world in him. Taking that into Omaha will benefit us.”

This mind set isn’t a new thing that just appeared in the Texas Tech dugout over the last few weeks.

It’s been there since before the season started, as the Red Raiders were determined to set out and prove that the 2014 version was more true about Texas Tech baseball than what transpired in 2015. When the Red Raiders failed to make the NCAA Tournament at all.

“We had not such a great year as a team,” Raley said. “I think we left a lot of things on the table we didn’t get done that we thought we should have. Returning so many guys, we had such a senior-heavy lineup this year. Guys with a ton of experience. We just felt like we needed to do it this year.”

Davis Returns to Omaha.



Brandone Francis-Ramirez Official. Via the official site, the Brandone Francis-Ramirez transfer to Texas Tech is officially official. So, for the first time that I can remember, an official press release had statements from the media about Francis-Ramirez:

Jon Rothstein (CBS Sports)
“Brandone Francis is an impact addition for Texas Tech. Chris Beard inherited an NCAA team when he took over in Lubbock, but now he’s quickly added a former Top-50 recruit that should be ready to roll in year two.”

Evan Daniels (
“Brandone Francis was a guy that ranked among the Top 50 players in the country, and I was impressed with his vision and ability to pass the ball.”

Jeff Goodman (
“Great pickup for Chris Beard and the Red Raiders. Francis will be ideal for Beard because of his toughness. Francis is a former Top 50 player who will get a second chance in Lubbock.”


Briles Will Not Go Quietly. Via the Statesman, former Baylor head coach Art Briles has officially split from Baylor in the courtroom and he will not settle with one of the victims:

Briles, in a motion filed in U.S. District Court, also said that school attorneys assigned to represent him in a lawsuit filed by a former student used information he provided them as part of the Baylor Board of Regents’ case to fire him.

The letter, included as an exhibit with the motion, which was written by Ernest Cannon, said that Baylor terminated Briles as a “camouflage to disguise its own institutional failure to comply with Title IX and other federal civil rights laws.”

Briles, in his motion, is asking to have his Baylor lawyers removed from representing him in a lawsuit filed by Jasmin Hernandez, who was sexually assaulted by a Bears football player. Hernandez filed the suit against the Baylor Board of Regents, Briles and athletic director Ian McCaw.

Briles said he does not want to settle with Hernandez.

Briles also alleges that Baylor lawyer’s used private emails and text messages against Briles when he was suspended last month and Briles wants to go to court, which is the last thing that Baylor wanted to do. Ah, yes, I remember times when a head coach sued the university. This is about to get incredibly ugly. This is an understatement.


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