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The Morning Stake: July 6th

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Texas Tech in Costa Rica

Have you ever thought about continuing your education in Costa Rica? Me too and now you’re in luck because Texas Tech will have a campus in Costa Rica at a mere $9,000 per semester, which is a small price to pay in paradise.

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Nic Shimonek doesn’t want to necessarily throw for those big statistics, he just wants to win games.

Buy your very own Staking The Plains t-shirt at the Staking The Plains Threadless Shop. Click on that danged shirt (or the link).

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd has his annual coach hot seat rankings and has Kliff Kingsbury at what he deems as a 4, which is “start improving now”:

Kingsbury is runway model handsome, but as a head coach? Well, it’s been ugly lately. The dichotomy is maddening. Kingsbury’s offense lead the country. His defense is the worst in the country. Or at least that’s the way it was in 2016.

Overall, Kingsbury is 24-26. He hasn’t lived up to the hype that followed him from Texas A&M and Houston.

If you’ve missed your daily realignment fix you’re in luck, Saturday Down South has an article about how they would like to envision three super-conferences, which includes the Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State going to the Pac-12 and suggests a pod alignment:

Like the Big 12, two eight-team divisions don’t quite line up right. The Pac 16 also adopts the newfangled pod alignment. Texas and USC playing more than a couple times per decade would be optimal.

NW: Wash, Wazzu, Ore, Ore St.

Cali: Cal, Stan, USC, UCLA

Mountain: Ariz, Ariz St., Col, Utah

Red River: Texas, TTU, Okla, OSU

Β Athlon Sports’ Allen Kenney has two wildcard players for each Big 12 team and the two he picks for Texas Tech are RB Da’Leon Ward and DT Joe Wallace. Here’s the bit on Wallace:

Breiden Fehoko was expected to anchor Tech up front on defense this year. His transfer dealt a brutal blow to an already shoddy unit. Wallace showed a measure of promise, relatively speaking, in eight appearances as a freshman last season. He now has to hold it down for the Red Raiders in the middle against the run and cause disruption when opposing QBs drop back to throw.

Miscellaneous . . . there have been a handful of new Big 12 sites pop up recently and the newest is Big 12 Diehards a site owned and operated by Cox Media Group, Inc. and they have sites for the SEC, Big 12, ACC, Pac-12 and the Big Ten. You’ll also have Tim Griffin, formerly of the Express-News, writing there . . . the Longhorns are now officially sponsored by Corona and the genius marketing tagline is “Horns up, limes in.” I wish this was a joke, but it’s not. In case you wanted to switch to Modelo or something like that, Modelo and Corona are both owned by InBev so just drank whatever you want (Dos Equis and Tecate are owned by Heineken) . . . Shawn Preston is a safety from Louisiana and he is set to decide between Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech tomorrow, the 7th so you can be on the look-out for that . . . LAJ’s Don Williams has an editorial where he’s going back and forth with Ryan Hyatt on the idea of being aligned with Texas (Williams thinks that Texas Tech should be aligned with Texas, Hyatt does not), breaking free and doing their own thing, starting with the Thanksgiving game and demanding that they also play that game in Lubbock on Thanksgiving (which Texas Tech does not want to do) and it seems like this is a discussion that’s been discussed for the past 7 or 8 years and I don’t know of anything new to this conversation other than personally, it makes a lot more sense to be aligned with Texas than not . . .


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