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The Morning Stake: June 12th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Huge congrats to Sheryl Swoopes for being inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame!

Via the AP through the LAJ:

The former Texas Tech superstar acknowledged Saturday that the honor felt “bittersweet” because her mother wasn’t with her. Swoopes’ mom, Ida Louise Swoopes, died of colon cancer on March 14.

“Although she’s not physically here with us, I know she’s here in spirit and will forever live on in my heart,” Swoopes said.

As she closed her induction speech, Swoopes read from a poem that ended with the line, “God took you home to prove to us he only takes the best.”

“I love you, Mom,” Swoopes said. “Thank you.”

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The 2018 class took a bit of a hit on Saturday as Texas Tech’s highest rated commit decommitted, Jaylon Robinson from Ft. Worth Paschal. It feels like the hits keep on coming, but stay thirsty and strong my Red Raider friends.

I think this might be Texas Tech’s next quarterback. Keep an eye on this. Bowman visited Texas Tech this weekend and received an offer. Bowman was one of the players I mentioned when discussing quarterback options for Texas Tech. One other player that was here this weekend is a guy named Darrell Fields, a tight end from Pampa. He’s 6’4″ and 220 and he’s as smooth and pass-catchy as any other tight end prospect you’ll see in Texas, but he lives in Pampa and doesn’t get the notoriety. Fields was also in town for the Texas Tech camp. Here’s Fields’ Hudl video to check out.

This was pretty neat. Additionally, it made me realize just how close Air Force is to the Big 12. It’s just right freaking there.

If you don’t remember the story of Luke Gonsioroski, he was to walk-on at Texas Tech this year. This wasn’t the amazing part. The Amazing part is that Gonsiorski had a huge canderous tumor in his chest (the size of two footballs) and pretty much had to sit out his entire senior year of high school. Think a good thought for Luke as the doctors discovered cancerous spots on his liver and spleen. Gonsiorski has already started chemotherapy and I’m sure he could use your good thoughts as well. If you’d like to send him a good thought personally, he’s on Twitter.

Via the Houston Chronicle, Wes Welker is set to start his coaching career with the Houston Texas as he’ll be assisting with receivers and returners:

“Coach O’Brien and I were together back in ’07 when he came to the Patriots, and that’s when I got there, too,” Welker said. “We kind of grew up in this offense at the same time. I believe in Coach O’Brien. He’s a guy’s guy. There’s no BS about him. I like being around that type of thing. Luckily, he gave me a chance.”

There was this note in the Amarillo Globe News about WR Dalton Rigdon, who is coming to Texas Tech on a track scholarship to long jump, but will try to walk-on the football team. Based on his Hudl video I’m guessing he makes it pretty easy.


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