The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: June 18th

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics, including updates on the baseball team as they head to Omaha and an SFA writer wonders if they can beat Texas Tech.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr


Opening Ceremonies.

The official site also has a page that they are updating with the various things going on with the team and the opening ceremonies from last night. Lots and lots of photos. Also, the NCAA has something similar on Texas Tech.

Gingery to Start. Nothing to link here, but during the press conference, head coach Tim Tadlock said that Steven Gingery would start tomorrow. That would mean that Davis Martin would be available for the second game. Starting Gingery is a bit of a surprise, especially since Martin has been essentially the first game starter for the better part of the year. However; Martin has struggled a bit lately and may be feeling the effect of being a freshman pitcher.

Miscellaneous. Via the SWTimes Dale Harpenau will be traveling to Omaha to see his son, Ty, play in the College World Series . . . LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes about how some of Texas Tech’s players playing at the Albuquerque Baseball Academy . . . Texas Tech released their official notes for the game . . .


Orlando Sentinel Has Texas Tech at #70. Orlando Sentinel’s Matt Muschel is ranking all 128 team and has Texas Tech as the 70th best team in the nation.

Outlook: Offense hasn’t been the problem for the Red Raiders, who have finished among the league leaders in total offense in the three seasons under Kliff Kingsbury. It’s the defense that continues to struggle, with Texas Tech suffering double-digit loses 14 of the 19 loses since 2013 β€” 12 of those 14 games coming against Big 12 opponents. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs has a young group that should make strides in 2016.

Could SFA Upset Texas Tech? From SawMillSports, they wonder if SFA could upset Texas Tech:

Since 2008, SFA has played a single FBS team in each season with an 0-8 record and combined score of 432-73. That includes a relatively close 31-23 battle with SMU in 2008 (and a 52-0 loss to the same team three years later) as well as a 61-13 defeat in 2013 at the hands of the same program the Lumberjacks will face this fall – Texas Tech.

I’m not here to predict that SFA’s understandable losing streak to FBS football programs will end this year. Far from it. But – stay with me here – if it ever does, if the Lumberjacks ever defeat a football team from the Power Five, this could very well be the best chance to do it.

Briles Settles. Via KWTX, Art Briles and Baylor have settled and, as someone that I can’t remember right now, said on Twitter, Briles just received a huge payoff for overseeing a handful of human beings being on campus and raping women at Baylor.

Ernest H. Cannon of Stephenville said in a letter included with the motion that as of May 26, when Briles was effectively fired, any lawyers who represent the school and Briles jointly in the federal civil rights suit filed by Jasmin Hernandez, β€œare legally, morally and ethically liable to Art Briles and responsible for damages under Texas statutory and common laws for breach of contract, fraud, libel and slander, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among others.”

The motion was withdrawn Friday.


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