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The Morning Stake: November 15th

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Red Raider Basketball

original-double-t Men tip off tonight at 6:30 on FOX Sports Southwest Plus. I’ll have a preview up at 11:00 am.

original-double-t Jarrett Culver officially signed his letter of intent yesterday and LoneStarVarsity’s Carlos Silva Jr. talked with Culver about how Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard started recruiting Culver immediately:

“He hit it quick,” Culver recalled about Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard extending a scholarship offer soon after he was hired. “It was the first or second day and he offered me. That spoke volumes to me. … It showed how much he really wanted me as a player and as a person at his school.”


original-double-t Cool moment for Bradley Marquez.

original-double-t Justin Murphy has decided to retire due to injuries and is the fifth offensive lineman to leave the program in six months. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot details the situation and here is the quote from Murphy about his retirement:

“I regret to announce that I will no longer be a student athlete here at Texas Tech,” Murphy posted on Twitter. “After learning that I will have to have another surgery on the same knee that I had my ACL surgery on last year, I have decided it would be in my best interest to put down the pads for good.

“I would like to thank all my coaches here at Texas Tech for the opportunity to play at such an amazing university and I appreciate all the family and friends that have supported me through my career. I will always be a Red Raider and support Texas Tech, but my involvement as a player has sadly come to an end. Guns Up!”

Including Murphy, also gone is Conner Dyer and Cody Wheeler who also retired due to injuries and Trace Ellison and Robert Castaneda were kicked off the team. Also something I didn’t notice during the game (probably because I was cussing a lot on Twitter) was that Bailey Smith subbed in for Madison Akamnonu after Akamnonu received an illegal man downfield penalty.

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams has his football notebook after yesterday’s press conference and the issues at running back continue as Justin Stockton will miss the game on Saturday with a chest contusion and Demarcus Felton had a high ankle sprain that may keep him out and is officially labeled as questionable, while Da’Leon Ward is questionable with a head injury.

Is it possible that we see the beginning of the Caleb Woodward era?

Also from Williams is the that Kingsbury told the team to let Oklahoma State to score, but didn’t execute (I’d imagine that this is what he was telling the team during that one timeout) and the team didn’t execute properly. Also, an explanation from Cameron Batson about the hold and kick from Clayton Hatfield:

“The TV guys want to blame it on me that the ball was moving a little bit,” Batson said, “but it’s been plenty of times the ball has moved a little bit and it’s still gone through the uprights. It’s many people you can blame in the situation. I’m one of them. I take responsibility for my part. It should have been a little firmer when I put the ball down.

“It was still a ball that could’ve went through the uprights, but his toe happened to hit it instead of the (proper) part of his foot. On my part, it was just a little late on the movement toward myself. All the kicks (placements) are tilted towards me. It just happened to be a little later than usual.”

original-double-tRRS’s Will McKay also recaps yesterday’s press conference, including quotes from Jonathan Giles, Cameron Batson and Baylen Brown.


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