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The Morning Stake: September 28th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.


original-double-t The ladies will play in Waco tonight.


original-double-t RRS’s Drew Kohnle has some quotes from newest basketball commit Jarrett Culver, who glowed about Texas Tech:

“I mean it feels awesome to be a Red Raider in my home town,” Culver said. “It was a hard decision and a long process, but you just to love who loves you, and I could just see it in Tech and the coaching staff and all the players that they really wanted me, and that I can help the program as a player. I feel like it is the best fit for me, and I see the opportunity I have there. I knew where I wanted to go. I had some official visits set up, but I always knew where I wanted to go. I went with my heart.”

There’s a lot more there, so check it out.


original-double-t Both guys had some good days on Sunday.

original-double-t AAS’s Kirk Bohls spoke with T. Boone Pickens who had some wonderful things to say about David Boren as well as Mike Gundy:

1. T. Boone Pickens said he likes the current 10-team Big 12 configuration the way it is and would prefer adding Houston and SMU if the league grows, but that’s “probably unlikely.” The Oklahoma State benefactor said on our “On Second Thought” podcast that Oklahoma president David Boren has been wishy-washy about expansion and that “maybe it’s time for David to retire.” Some outlets reported Tuesday that the mercurial Boren is saying he’s decided against expansion, but Boren clarified his stance, saying “Oklahoma has not yet taken a position on expansion.” Pickens, who has given $500 million to his alma mater, said, “I’ve known David forever. He likes to talk. He gets a little bit confused sometimes.” Pickens said he and Cowboys coach Mike Gundy aren’t talking. “I don’t have any conversations with Gundy,” he said. Is there a rift? “I don’t know, but Mike doesn’t handle people relationships very well. And he gets mad about things. I’ve heard he’s written some notes about me that weren’t very complimentary.”

There’s a lot ot unpack here, but I’ll let you all do that in the comments.

original-double-t Speaking of Boren, via Land Grant Gauntlet’s Chris Ross, Oklahoma president David Boren simply says that OU has not taken a position on expansion and this sounds like one of those things where Boren is pandering to higher-ups and I think that Boren already knows that this thing is blowing up in 9 years or so. NewsOK’s Berry Tramel writes about this subject and notes that it’s not that Oklahoma and Boren haven’t reversed their stance on expansion, but doesn’t like the candidates. If that’s true, then that’s just dumb because we’ve all known the candidates for a long time.

original-double-t Pistols Firing’s Kyle Porter has an interesting bit from an article from the Oklahoman in talking with Joel Klatt, that maybe the television partners are willing to up the ante to keep the Big 12 at ten, hence Boren’s statements:

“So far, I think they have gone back and looked at that after the television partners told them that we would not like them to expand. I think the television partners are even willing to pay a little more to keep them at 10. … I don’t think they are going to expand because I don’t think it behooves the television partners, which is the lifeline of any conference.”

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . Land Grant Gauntlet with their weekly power rankings . . . Land Grant Gauntlet’s Patrick Mahorn with what we learned from week 4 in the Big 12 . . . LAJ’s Krista Pirtle talks with Kansas safety Fish Smithson . . . LAJ’s Krista Pirtle has a Q&A with Kansas receiver Steve Sims . . .


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