The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: January 30th

Track & Field


I think I’ve got all of this. The men’s tennis team lost twice this weekend, the first match to Iowa and dropped a second match to Florida State on Sunday. Meanwhile, the ladies beat Santa Barbara in their first match and then won a thrilling 4-3 win over Arizona State and advanced to the ITA Indoor National Championships.


Kinda cool, the volleyball team went on a retreat to a place where there is snow and skiing.

Lady Raider Basketball


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LAJ’s Don Williams writes that the mid-term enrollees could outshine the signing day class:

From the mid-term arrivals, offensive linemen Jack Anderson and Dawson Deaton from Frisco and Will Farrar from Richmond Travis and quarterback Xavier Martin from Cibolo Steele are ranked among the state’s top 90 prep prospects by Among those waiting to sign, none are in 247Sports’ top 100, though Sachse linebacker Riko Jeffers is just outside it.

Many enroll early on the belief that taking part in the 15 spring practices gives the freshmen a leg up on their later-arriving teammates, but that’s only part of it. They also get to take part in winter conditioning — six weeks of it this year in the Red Raiders’ case — that includes lifting weights and running. Not to mention they start building up classroom credit hours and familiarity with the program and the campus.

LAJ’s Don Williams writes about QB McLane Carter adn his journey from Gilmer to Tyler J.C. and then to Texas Tech:

“I feel like I’m a gunslinger,” he said. “I’m able to make the throw everywhere across the field, on each side of the field. When the pocket collapses, I feel like I can get outside the pocket and make plays with my feet as well. My strengths are accuracy on the deep ball, but I’m confident that I’m able to move around in the pocket and make plays with my feet.”

LAJ’s Cameron Brock talked to Adrian Frye about an injury that almost didn’t let him play high school ball and his opportunity at Texas Tech:

“You only get the one chance you have. That chance is now,” Frye said. “You only get it one time and you want to make the best of it. While you are on the field, you want to give 110 percent. Fly to the ball and have no regrets. That’s the same way you want to live your life. You want to live like it’s the last day of your life. You have to play football like it’s your last game every game.”

On Friday, a lawsuit was filed that alleged that Baylor football players committed 52 rapes over a four year period of time, via Deadspin:

Baylor football players committed 52 rapes in four years, the majority at off-campus parties hosted by football players, including five gang rapes; the university paid off one woman who said she was raped by giving her free tuition; and football staff arranged for women to have sex with recruits on their campus visits, according to a Title IX lawsuit filed today in federal court in Texas.

The 26-page lawsuit—filed against Baylor on behalf of Elizabeth Doe—goes into immense detail about both a specific report of gang rape at the center of the complaint as well as how, it says, “football and rape became synonymous” under former football coach Art Briles, aided by a policy for football players described as “show ’em a good time.”

Things to keep in mind. This is a plaintiff’s allegations. Not facts. Plaintiff’s petitions are obviously based on fact, but they are intended to be a bit salacious. Still, this somewhat coincides with what we’ve been hearing for quite some time about the culture of the Baylor football program. However, I have heard rumblings about a gang rape video that’s been circulating. I’ve never seen it, I would never watch it, but it is one of those internet rumors and now we have a plaintiff’s petition that makes allegations of multiple gang rapes.

Miscellaneous . . . via College Football Talk, former Red Raider footballer Davis Webb was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl, going 11 of 15 for 165 yards and a touchdown. Congrats! . . . Heartland College Sports gets to know QB Xavier Martin . . .


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