The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.09.07

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Texas Tech Soccer

If you have a ticket to the football game you can get into either match this weekend, including tonight’s match against FIU and Sunday’s match against Oregon State. Both games start at 7:00 p.m.

Texas Tech Volleyball

Texas Tech Basketball

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes that there are four high-level recruits on campus this weekend:

With that in mind, the Red Raiders will host a quartet of high-level prospects in Oak Hill Academy (Va.) playmaking guard Jahmius Ramsey, Buford HS (Ga.) scoring wing Marcus Watson and Sulphur Springs athletic forward Victor Iwuakor starting Friday. All are 2019 prospects and four stars, sans three star Iwuakorr.

The fourth prospect is verbal commitment Kevin McCullar, a San Antonio Wagner guard who elected to reclassify as a 2018 prospect. McCullar, who netted 16.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game as a junior last season, will take an unofficial visit and is expected to enroll early in January.

Texas Tech Football

The official site published a short video about what students need to know for the game on Saturday and I liked it, the host was personable. Good times and hope we see more of Dorian.

A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about what the season ticket renewal rate, which is at around 83.7% (which is normal) and new sales puts the total number at 27,965. I don’t know if this is something that we’ve ever talked about, but I did talk about it with Dan over the weekend, which is that he has imposed on himself a Lubbock football ban, meaning that he’s not going to travel to Lubbock for a football game (flights, tickets, hotel, food, = gets expensive) until something changes. The cost for him isn’t worth the experience. And then there’s the other faction of fan that chooses not to go to games with the hopes that it is sending a message to the administration that they aren’t happy with the product.

I think that since it’s your money, you need to voice your opinion the way that you feel best. Lubbock is in a unique situation in that so much of the businesses of Lubbock depend on those home games in order to make their ends meet. That’s not your problem. Someone mentioned in the comments early this week that it would be nice if we as a fanbase were like Iowa State fans in that they show up rain or shine, winning or losing. I suppose the thought here is that the AD and the “powers that be” will make the move at the head coach position regardless as to whether or not you show up. They understand as much as anyone that you have to win, not just show up. Eventually it’s going to happen.

Miscellaneous . . . LandGrant Gauntlet’s Chris Ross with his Big 12 power rankings . . . SB Nation’s Bill Connelly has his S&P+ picks for the week . . . Heartland College Sports’ Cameron Brock previews and predicts Lamar vs. Texas Tech . . . BleacherReport’s David Kenyon picks every game this weekend including a Texas Tech win . . . Athlon Sports also predicts each and every game . . .

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