The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: July 8th

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Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics, including the idea that Texas Tech might be a chaotic team, a former commit transfers from Baylor and Graham Harrell talks about Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr



Smith Showing Out. Don’t know how or why he’s working out for NBA scouts, but that’s from assistant coach Al Pinkins:

Texas Tech Buys Out of Little Rock Game. Via the ArkansasOnline, Texas Tech bought out the Little Rock game, probably for the best for everyone.


Hatfield on Lou Groza Award Watch List.

Crazy Fun. Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown ranks the most watchable teams teams and your “chaotic” Red Raiders make the list:

On Sept. 26, 2015, Texas Tech scored 52 points but lost to TCU on a fourth-down touchdown with 23 seconds left. On Oct. 31, Texas Tech scored 53 points and managed to lose by three scores to Oklahoma State, 70-53. This is what happens when you have the No. 2 scoring offense and No. 125 scoring defense, an imbalance that will likely narrow a bit this year but not enough to prevent a season of shootouts.

I predict this year that we’re all going to age 10 years within a season.

Harrell Talks Texas Tech and Kingsbury.  FOX Sports Louis Ojeda, Jr. talked with North Texas’ offensive coordinator Graham Harrell about his favorite game (beating the Aggies in College Station in 2006, not beating Texas in 2008) and talks about Kliff Kingsbury and Patrick Mahomes:

“With Kliff and Eric [Morris] being two close friends of mine, I pull for them every week,” he said. “Kliff works his tail off and he’s done a heck of a job. I want nothing but the best for Tech and I respect those guys a lot. I want them to win every game, and I want to win every game.”

Texas Tech hasn’t had a 10-win season or been a serious Big 12 contender since Harrell was a senior. How far are the Red Raiders from competing for titles again?

“Kliff has a pretty good quarterback,” Harrell said. “It doesn’t matter at what level, if you’ve got a good quarterback, you’ve got a good chance to be successful. I think Pat [Mahomes] gives them that opportunity. I’d be surprised if they didn’t do big things this year.”

Stidham to Transfer from Baylor. Via FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham is set to transfer from Baylor. It’s been reported that Stidham will go the JUCO route for the year and be essentially free on the market next year, although he may still have to sit out a year if he goes to another Big 12 institution. About that JUCO thing . . .

Miscellaneous. Via Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz has a very lengthy article about why Title IX has failed everyone on campus rape (I’ve not read this, but plan to do so over the weekend) . . . via CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon reports that the Power Five conferences have agreed to a number of changes that give athletes more time away from the field . . . ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon predicts week 8 and has Texas Tech losing to the Sooners . . . INCREDIBLY USEFUL ALERT –> Land Grant Gauntlet with a nice and pretty Big 12 schedule . . .


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