The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.06.12

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Texas Tech Track and Field

National Championship Highlights. I had not really seen any highlights thus far, so this was really fun to watch.

______ of the Year. So many awards. Texas Tech has the coach of the year in Wes Kittley, the assistant coach of the year in Calvin Robinson, and the co-athlete of the year in Divine Oduduru, shared with Florida’s Grant Holloway. This is the first time that an athlete from the Big 12 has won the Athlete of the Year. Huge congrats to all of these men.

Oduduru Expected to Go Pro. A-J Media’s Don Williams talked with Wes Kittley, who said that he would encourage sprinter Divine Oduduru to go pro and make that money:

Kittley says it would be prudent for Oduduru to forego his senior season and lock in life-changing money now by signing a pro contract.

β€œI’m going to encourage him to,” Kittley said. β€œHe’d turn down too much money. He can tweak his hamstring next year and get nothing. How are you going to turn down $350,000 for five years or $400,000 for five years or $500,000 for five years β€” two and a half million dollars?

β€œYou can’t do it. Not in our world. Not in the track world. I mean, that’s a lot. He’s a sprinter, so he has an opportunity to get some of that bigger money.”

Oduduru is tied for the world lead this year in the 100 meters and ranks third in the world in the 200 with the wind-legal times of 9.86 and 19.73 seconds he ran Friday at the NCAA championships in Austin, both second-fastest all-time by a collegian.

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Texas Tech Baseball

Power Rankings. SI’s Matt Martell has a power ranking of the College World Series participants and your Red Raiders are 4th overall, with Michigan 7th, Florida State 6th, and Arkansas 2nd. Here’s some of the bit about Texas Tech:

Making their case: It’s simple, then. If the Red Raiders are going to win it all, they’re going to have to keep doing what they do bestβ€”hit. They open the CWS against Michigan, and so long as they don’t fall victim to the upset-minded Wolverines that plagued UCLA, they should be in good shape against either Florida State or Arkansas with a one-loss buffer to play with.

Texas Tech Basketball

Ranking. Since we last left things, Kansas was still needing a wing to really complete their team and they gained one in Iowa guard Isaiah Moss, and CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish has the Jayhawks up from 12 to 7 and Texas Tech remaining steady at 13.

Lots of Teams Think Highly of Jarrett Culver. In SI’s Jeremy Woo’s latest mock draft, he mentions that the Lakers at #4, Cavaliers at #5, Suns at #6, and Hawks at #8 really like Jarrett Culver, with the Hawks and Suns looking to possibly deal up to try to grab the Texas Tech player-man.

Texas Tech Football

Heisman Hopeful. This seems a bit early, but whatever, SI’s Caleb Freeman lists (not ranks) 117 potential Heisman hopefuls and includes Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman.

Ranking Football Coaches. CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval ranks the Big 12 coaches and he has Matt Wells 9th overall, only ahead of K-State’s head coach Chris Klieman:

Matt Wells: Some Texas Tech fans were divided on whether to be excited about this hire. Wells’ credentials speak for themselves. He had .560 winning percentage at Utah State, a program with a sub-.500 history. In his six-year stretch he notched two 10-win seasons and showed he could rebound from tough years. That doesn’t mean he’ll win in Lubbock for sure, but the resume checks out.

I don’t know if I agree with this list, this is just Kercheval’s opinion, which is just as good as mine, but I think a bit too much credit is being given to Neal Brown without having coached a game and coaching at Troy, where there is an abundance of players who can’t make an SEC team, go to a place like Troy. Credit given for winning games, but I think Troy is an easier place to win than Utah State.


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