The Morning Stake: July 15th

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Graystone Signs Four Players. Texas Tech volleyball coach Tom Graystone announced that Texas Tech has signed four additional players:

The summer signees include: Sophia Canales, Hannah Henriksen, Taylor Martinez and Michelle Irvin. They join five others who were signed earlier in 2016: Chandler Atwood, Eighmy Dobbins, Toni McDougald, Kylie Rittimann and Maggie Sagers.

“This will complete our 2016 roster, and as we prepare for the start of preseason workouts, I couldn’t be more excited,” Graystone said. “We’ve put together a deep, talented team and a group that our fans will identify with and enjoy watching compete. Red Raider volleyball has a lot to look forward to and we can’t wait to get started.”

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Beard Finalizes Staff. Chris Beard has finalized his coaching staff, which includes Mark Adams, Chris Ogden, Al Pinkins as assistant coaches, Brian Burg as the Chief of Staff and Max Lefevre as the director of player development. I previously wrote about Adams, Ogden and Burg along with Chrarlie Burgess and Darryl Dora working in some sort of assistant-coach-in-training position. Obviously, we haven’t confirmed the Burgess and Dora news, but Beard had mentioned them some time ago. Lefevre was the director of basektball operations at LIttle Rock and Lefevre followed Beard from Angelo State.


Texas Tech Picked 6th in Big 12. The Big 12 media contingent picked the media preseason poll and your Texas Tech Red Raiders were picked to finish 6th:

1. Oklahoma (24) 258
2. TCU (2) 222
3. Oklahoma State 202
4. Baylor 156
5. Texas 151
6. Texas Tech 141
7. West Virginia 126
8. Kansas State 88
9. Iowa State 59
10. Kansas 27

The Sooners were picked, hands-down to first, receiving 24 of the possible 26 first place votes (that’s the number in parentheses).

One other interesting note is from Pistols Firing’s Kyle Porter who looked at the preseason poll and where the teams actually ended up finishing and it may not be a surprise to you, but Texas Tech was the team in the Big 12 that was picked too low in these danged preseason polls. In other words, the media underrates Texas Tech more than Kansas State. #ForeverTheUnderdog

Mahomes at No. 61. Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown ranks the top 128 players and has QB Patrick Mahomes at #61, which is 14 spots higher than SI had him:

61. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech. Kliff Kingsbury shuffled quarterbacks his first two years as head coach, but he’s settled on a good one now in Mahomes, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior who brings an enticing combination of arm strength and mobility to the Red Raiders’ Air Raid offense. The son of former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes, the Texas Tech signal caller threw for 4,653 yards and 36 TDs and ran for 456 yards and 10 TDs last year, making him one of the most productive quarterbacks in the country.

Mahomes Named to Davey O’Brien Watch List.

Stockton Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List.

Miscellaneous. The Student Section writes about the surprise team of the Big 12 and one writer picks Texas Tech . . . ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon is predicting the Big 12 season and is on week 13 and predicts a Texas Tech loss to Baylor . . .

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