The Morning Stake: March 14th

Help if you Can

 Please meet Angel Carroll, who was part of the foster care system when she was was 15 and now she is attending Texas Tech, pursing a degree in Social Work with a minor in English and is expected to graduate in 2018. I had a good Red Raider email me about Angel’s story and this Red Raider had asked Carroll to set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for part of her tuition. So, if you can give a little bit, you’d be helping a Red Raider.




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Texas Tech has a mid-week game against UT-Arlington at Globe Life Park.

Red Raider Basketball

NJCAA Region 5 named Texas Tech signee Jordan Brangers as the Most Valuable Player for the WJCAC All-Conference Team. Brangers was also the Freshman of the year and named to the all-conference team. Josh Webster, another Texas Tech signee, was named the Defensive Player of the Year, the Newcomer of the Year and also named to the All-Conference Team.


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ESPN’s Max Olson talked with Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury about fixing the Texas Tech defense and says that it is betting on continuity:

“He’s frustrated. He’s competitive. He wants to be successful. I can’t tell you how much respect I have for him for sticking it out,” Kingsbury told “He’s had opportunities to go other places and start over. He’s well-respected in this profession and he wants to get it right here. I admire him for that. It would be an easy out to go somewhere else at this point. He wants to do it here and wants to show we can get this fixed.”

 LAJ’s Don Williams writes about DT Broderick Washington and that it’s his time to shine:

Tech coaches hope Washington, a 6-foot-2 1/2, 300-pound sophomore from Longview, can emerge and be reliable at one of the defensive tackle spots next season.

“I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me,” Washington said. “The transition from offensive line to defensive line, it was kind of tough, but I worked at it every day and got better. There’s still room for improvement, but it’s a great opportunity.”

LAJ’s Don Williams looks at the spring expectations for RB Da’Leon Ward and Kingsbury said that off the field, he’s having issues, but on the field, he loves him some football:

“Our biggest issue with him,” Kingsbury said last week, “had been off the field: Handling class, handling meetings, being here on time, just growing up. We’ve made that an emphasis, and he’s attempted to get better at the off-the-field stuff.

“On the field, he loves football. He loves being here. He loves the workouts. So if he’ll get the off-the-field in order, he has a chance to be a really good player.”

Miscellaneous . . .

  • Via KWTX, Baylor has fired their second staffer, this time firing their associate director for football operations over inapprpriate text messages to a teenager, but said teenager is an adult in Texas.
  • In other disturbing sorta-Baylor news, via TMZ,former Baylor player Tre’Von Armstead was arrested in Las Vegas for battery domestic violence, resisting arrest and damaging a police car.
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