The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.02.01

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Not What I Expected. Yesterday I posted an interesting link to a 500-year experiment and part of this was that there was no certainty what the English language would be like in 500 years, so the instructions would be updated every 25 years. I also posted an opinion about Braum’s (that it’s meh) and I don’t think I got any pushback on that. You all never fail to surprise me with what you’ll talk about.

I hope you all have a terrific weekend.

Texas Tech Soccer

Spring Schedule. For those of you in Houston, the ladies will be playing the Houston Dash on March 30th and I expect a full report from our Red Raider Houstonians.

Texas Tech Track and Field

Texas Tech Tennis

Texas Tech Baseball

Preseason #1. Well, Texas Tech baseball is not the underdog because Texas Tech was picked as the #1 Big 12 preseason team (first-place votes in parentheses):

1. Texas Tech (6) 61
2. Baylor (2) 58
3. TCU (1) 48
4. Texas 40
5. Oklahoma State 39
6. West Virginia 31
7. Oklahoma 23
8. Kansas 16
9. K-State 8

Roster Updated. This is always strange to me in that the roster for the baseball team doesn’t get updated until right before the season and the roster has officially been updated. So many new faces and I’ll get to know them as we go along, while your guys Keith and LaBarre already know the roster back and forth.

Texas Tech Basketball

Kansas Up Next. Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., the Red Raiders travel to Kansas. I’ll have a preview and GDT going up tomorrow morning.

Unnecessary Censorship. Hat-tip to David Collier as Texas Tech made Jimmy Kimmel’s “This Week in Unnecessary Censorship”:

Texas Tech Football

Allen and Wesley to NFL Combine. Congrats to linebacker Dakota Allen and wide receiver Antoine Wesley for being invited to the NFL Combine. Huge honor and a huge opportunity for those two young men. And good to see how the official site created a graphic for each of them to post on Twitter. There’s been more of the players or former players being more involved with the social media rather than coming from the official site. A really interesting move.

T.J. Up next is T.J. Vasher with the official site video tweeted out by the player.

Mannix. Now, you get to know McLane Mannix, the Nevada transfer.

Preferred Walk-On Linebacker Commits. RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan talked to newly committed linebacker Ethan Frasier, who is a preferred walk-on from Thunder Ridge, Colorado:

“So I was actually pretty close with the old coaching staff, coach Kingsbury recruited me initially and I visited back in October. But since the new staff has taken over I’ve been in contact with coach Luke Wells. He offered me the preferred walk-on, and he said he watched my tape and liked me as an inside linebacker, that I play downhill, I’m physical and I like to play with a chip on my shoulder.”

Miscellaneous . . . The NCAA handed down punishment for a former tutor who completed courses for 12 student-athletes and the punishment was the same punishment that was handed down by the NCAA for Dave Bliss covering up a murder at Baylor (that’s two Dave Bliss references in consecutive days in the Morning Stake), which seems absurd. Missouri fully cooperated with the NCAA as CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd writes that North Carolina pushed back and was essentially not punished and the NCAA is horribly inconsistent . . .

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