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The Morning Stake: June 29th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Josh Abbott Band’s New Song

Noted Texas Tech musician Josh Abbott and his band released a new song, Texas Women, Tennesse Whiskey and you can listen to it on the link provided at Rolling Stone.

Campus Photos

TTU Red has some new campus photos. Click on “Totally Texas Tech” to roll through all of the new photos.

Texas Tech Track and Field

Texas Tech Volleyball

Lady Raider Basketball

 LAJ’s Carlos Silva, Jr. reports that Matt Corkery has stepped down as associate head coach to focus on his family and being a husband:

“I would like to thank Coach Whitaker and Texas Tech for the opportunity to be a part of the Lady Raider program these last four years. It is important for me at this point in my life to shift my priority to my family and be a present part of their daily lives. I will always love this university and be grateful for my time at Tech,” Corkery said.

Texas Tech Baseball

 D1Baseball and Baseball America released their final top 25 and D1Baseball has Texas Tech as 13th and BaseballAmerica has the Red Raiders at 12th overall.

Texas Tech Basketball

 LAJ’s Carlos Silva, Jr. recaps the visits from Garrett Thibodeaux and Jal Bijiek, Thibodeaux is at Seminole State College trying to earn a scholarship offer, while Bijiek does have an offer:

“I feel like I met everyone that makes Texas Tech basketball go, from the coaches to the trainers and strength coaches. Lots of people,” said Bijiek, a three-star prospect according to 247Sports. “I also learned that everyone there is all about family and wanting the players to succeed and reach their potential. That was really cool.”

Texas Tech Football

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 AthlonSports has 10 stats to know in the Big 12 and here’s the stat for Texas Tech:

6: Equivalent number of touchdowns allowed per game by Texas Tech in last three seasons

Points allowed per game by the Red Raiders in 2014, ‘15 and ‘16: 41.3, 43.6, 43.5. In other words, chances were that Tech needed to score the equivalent of more than six touchdowns every time it took the field in the last three years to have a chance of winning. Yes, the D is that bad.

 Via the LAJ, they got their hands on the new Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and they pick Texas Tech to perform better than expected:

The 58th summer edition of Texas Football, distributed statewide over the past two weeks, slots Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas ahead of Tech. Sixth through 10th are Baylor, Kansas State, West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas.

Among Texas Football’s bowl predictions is a Texas Tech victory against Arkansas in the Texas Bowl.

 One of the stories that has been passed around this week was the firing of Kansas City general manager John Dorsey, who picked Patrick Mahomes, and many wondered if picking Mahomes was an organizational pick or a Dorsey pick, which could end up being not so good for Mahomes. SI’s Albert Breer writes that this appears to have been an organizational choice to pick Mahomes in the first round:

This isn’t to say there weren’t decisions that were made with a roaring consensus from the team’s football operation. One such call was the one to pursue Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the draft. The Chiefs moved aggressively to make it happen.

 ESPN’s Jake Trotter writes about the Big 12 expansion saga that never happened. This is a really good and long recap and it ends as such:

And with the college landscape potentially headed for another seismic shift, the clock is ticking, leaving the Big 12 no more than five years to demonstrate long-term viability to its flagship members — before others come circling the waters and cherry-pick the conference into oblivion.

“We all know, that in five or six years … the landscape could change in a lot of ways,” Taylor said. “As a conference, we know, if it starts, if all hell starts breaking loose, we’ve got to be positioned well as a group.

“It’s coming. We’ve got to be ready for it.”

 Miscellaneous . . . Lincoln Riley penned an article in The Players’ Tribune about being ready to be OU’s head coach and there’s some good stories about Leach and Riley, a Red Raider by graduation . . .


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