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The Morning Stake: October 27th

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original-double-t Via LAJ’s Don Williams, Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec apologized yesterday for the behavior of the mostly students who chanted at Baker Mayfield:

“This does not represent our students, our alumni and our faculty in a way that we want,” Schovanec said at a news conference. “I apologize for the fans that were offended by that behavior. This is a serious matter. This is not the first time that it happened. I can assure we’re not just going to issue a statement, as I have, and drop it.”

So, I think this is the correct response, the fact that it’s coming from the President is also correct. No matter who’s coaching the football program, I don’t think it is the coach’s job to try to tell the students what they should or shouldn’t say, that this is an administrative thing and Schovanec seems to have the correct idea about starting early with students and also trying to change the culture, including trying to change the fight song:

“Kirby and I discussed that today: Do we put the words to the fight song on the screen, just as we do the Matador Song?’” Schovanec said. “We have to do something, and we’re determined to try to change that.”

original-double-t LAJ’s Don Williams writes about how both TCU and Texas Tech are at a crossroads going into Saturday and Gary Patterson says that TCU has to get their quarterback rolling:

“Kenny’s got to get a little bit of confidence back into him,” Patterson said. “It’s one thing to get a little bit frustrated. Sometimes on throws, it’s not always the quarterback’s fault. But he’s the one who gets the blame, because he’s the one much is given, much is asked, so you’ve got to be ready to go.”

Patterson said age and inexperience is one issue with his team. The Horned Frogs show only eight seniors — three offense, five defense — on their two-deep. They’re one of only four teams in the FBS who lost their top four scorers from last season. That group comprised 3,000-yard passer Trevone Boykin, 1,000-yard rusher Aaron Green, 1,000-yard receiver Doctson and kicker Jaden Oberkrom, who made 79 career field goals — 12 against Tech.

original-double-t CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodds ask whether or not the Oklahoma-Texas Tech game was good for college football and I don’t know if I’m becoming an old man, but I do like *some* defense with my football. I’m not asking for the best defense, but I do like cheering for those guys and it feels like we haven’t been able to cheer for those defensive guys in a really long time. Of course, the NFL just had a game where it ended in a 6-6 tie and you could argue that no offense is just as bad.

original-double-t NFL’s Lance Zierlein talked to an NFL scout about Patrick Mahomes:

The scoop: “I like Patrick Mahomes but I’ve seen him a couple of times this year and he doesn’t look like he’s getting any better. I think he’s being hurt by that play-calling and offense. It’s like he’s playing a different sport (in Texas Tech’s offense), so projecting him won’t be easy. Who is he going to be with a running game and better protection? That’s what you have to figure out.” — AFC scout on the Texas Tech QB

I’m still of the opinion that Mahomes is going to get drafted, regardless of the offense because 6’3″ and 230 with a cannon for an arm doesn’t come around very often.

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . USA Today has their coaching salary database and Kliff Kingsbury is the 30th highest paid coach and USA Today also has the buyout for every coach and as we’ve discussed, it is $9.4 million after this year . . . Football Study Hall’s Bill Connelly has this week’s S&P+ and F/+ picks and the pick is TCU, but Texas Tech against the spread . . . Star-Telegram’s Jimmy Burch previews the game . . .


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