The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.08.20

Your daily dose to all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Condolences to the family of Bob Bass who passed away at the age of 89 on Friday. Bass coached at Texas Tech from 1969 through the middle of January in 1971, where he left to coach the ABA’s Miami Floridians and then coached in the professional ranks, including a front office spot with the San Antonio Spurs for 20 years (A-J Media). After Bass left, athletic director JT King promoted Gerald Myers, who kept that position for 20+ years.

Texas Tech Soccer

Texas Tech defeated New Mexico 2-0 on Friday night (TexasTech) and defeated #18 Pepperdine on Sunday evening, 1-0 (TexasTech). Against Texas Tech was pretty danged dominant, with 17 shots on goal, to just 4 for New Mexico and I think this is the second straight game that the defense allowed just two shots on goal. Freshman Charlotte Teeter and junior Jade King each had a goal, while it was Kirsten Davis and Ally Griffin who were hammering thee Lobos for the first half and most of the second.

Against Pepperdine, it wasn’t quite as lopsided, but the Red RAiders did have 14 shots to the Waves 5 and Jade King scored with just 2 minutes elapsed in the first half, assist by Kirsten Davis, and held on for the rest of the game.

Texas Tech Volleyball

The volleyball team held their annual Red & Black Scrimmage with the Black team (this was the first team) defeating the Red team 3-2 (TexasTech). The team will start play next week in the Red Raider Classic on August 24-25.

Texas Tech Football

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The winds seem to be pointing towards McLane Carter having the top spot. Don Williams wrote last week about how Carter seemed to be the starter and Don usually doesn’t post stuff like that unless he really thinks something is afoot. It wouldn’t surprise me if the players were telling Don that Carter was getting most of the reps with the starters and that prompted him to write the article. From the clips released, the very first pass is Carter going with the one’s but throwing a near interception at the goal line, while the second clip was Jett Duffey throwing a nice pass to Seth Collins. I’d expect that Carter and Duffey both start at some point during the season as I’m incredibly nervous about Carter’s ability to make plays. I hope I’m wrong.

I mentioned to the writers on the slack group that maybe we see a different offense with carter, more screens and more horizontal than vertical to help limit mistakes, but that’s just throwing a mess against the wall and I don’t that’s the case. I think that Kingsbury should be available to the media today and maybe we’ll hear something, but I doubt he names a starter. Two weeks to go.

The Knights of Columbus Tech Night will see Wes Kittley, Kliff Kingsbury, former Red Raider basketballers Jason Sasser and Will Flemons, as well as President Lawrence Schovanec speak on Saturday, gates opening at 5:30 (A-J Media).

Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo ranks the Big 12 defensive lines and has Texas Tech 7th (which I think is too low) . . .

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