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The Morning Stake | 2017.12.08

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Texas Tech Volleyball

Another win! Pretty fun and awesome to see the team win yet again. This was a season sweep of TCU and now Texas Tech will face the winner of Ole Miss and West Virginia in the NIVC Finals on December 12th at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN3.

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A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about yesterday’s coach meeting in Birmingham with Kliff Kingsbury and Charlie Strong:

“As far as a the game goes, a huge fan of coach Strong,” Kingsbury said. “Followed them closely this year. Have a ton of respect and admiration for him, from coaching against him when he was in the Big 12. They’re a couple of plays from being undefeated. So, he has a tremendous team.”

Just like the Red Raiders, South Florida touts a potent offense ranking eighth nationally in total Offense (508.6 yards per game) and No. 16 in scoring (38.3 points per contest).

The Bulls (9-2) are coming off a strong performance, offensively speaking, as they were edged 49-42 in the War on I-4 rivalry game against UCF — which went on to finish the season undefeated and win the American Athletic Conference. South Florida is making a return trip and third overall appearance in the Birmingham Bowl.

RedRaiderSports’ Matt Clare and InsideTheRedRaiders’ Zach Tanner (this one has a auto-play ad, so you make that call) both write about John Stephen Jones, the Highland Park quarterback and grandson of Jerry Jones, and his blueshirt offer from Texas Tech. Here is Jones talking about his size (5-11/185) and Kingsbury’s offer:

“I mean, I cannot control my height or size, so it isn’t something that I really focus on,” Jones said. “I have a coach that has always told me, ‘if you are good enough, then you are big enough’, and that is something that has always stuck with me. Coach Kingsbury is a great offensive coach and a former quarterback himself, he has worked with plenty of guys who are 6-foot and under with a lot of success.

“He believes that I have the kind of potential to be very successful in an offense like what Texas Tech runs. It would be great to work with a coach like that who has the experience and believes in me as a player.”

Jones has a preferred walk-on from Vanderbilt and other programs, like Arkansas, SMU, Oklahoma and Texas have reached out to Jones. Jones has throw for over 3,700 yards and has 52 passing touchdowns.


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