The Morning Stake: December 8th


Lady Raider Basketball

The Lady Raiders played it a bit close in the first half, , but poured it on late and won 84-60 over Houston. Lots of highlights here.

Red Raider Basketball

Former Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie has retired again, due to health issues. Gillispie was recently just at Ranger College where he went 31-7 last year but had to forfeit all of their wins because he used an ineligible player. He really can just go away.


QB Patrick Mahomes and IR Jonathan Giles were named All-Big 12 second team.

LAJ’s Don Williams reports that the turf will be replaced this offseason, in particular during the fall and ready for the spring. Robert Giovannetti said that the project has already been funded, so no problems there.

So earlier this week, running backs coach DeShaun Foster was visiting Diablo Valley J.C. Desmond Nisby:

Nisby is a 6’2″ and 240 pound running back that’s currently committed to UAB and I think this is something to watch. Texas Tech currently has committed Tyree Range and he’s a big back as well, but they’re still recruiting this position and I’m almost all but certain that the coaching staff wants whoever is going to sign to actually be here in December. You can check out Nisby’s Hudl page where he’s all bowling ball and pretty good. I think I like Nisby more than Range, but this may be splitting hairs here.

Here’s Kingsbury, Karl Scott and David Gibbs with the newest commit, Vaughnte Dorsey:

Speaking of JUCO players, RRS’s Will McKay writes about how the the 2017 class won’t shape up like the fateful 2014 class where Texas Tech loaded up on JUCO talent and was generally a disaster. McKay’s larger point here is that the coaches have a connection with each of the players which makes this a bit different than the 2014 class and this doesn’t make a ton of difference to me. Sure, it’s important that the players are vetted and what-not, but I think it’s most important that they aren’t loading up 4 guys on one position, like defensive line (which McKay mentions as well). The thing that surprised me the most was the number of JUCO players that Oklahoma (21), Oklahoma State (23), West Virginia (23) and Kansas State (22).

Texas Tech offered a preferred walk-on to Dillion Spencer, a DE/OLB from Midland HS (linked is his Hudl video).

Interesting piece from Awful Announcing about some comments that Larry Scott had to say in New York. The most interesting thing were his comments about how the Pac 12 is positioned really nicely in 2024 and the Pac 12 may decide to choose who to license their product to rather than ESPN, CBS or FOX controlling that aspect. That’s fascinating to me. Also of note is that Scott thinks there will be four 16-team conferences so there’s that.

Miscellaneous . . . Sports Spotlight’s David Ubben has his All-Big 12 awards and no Texas Tech mention . . .

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