The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.07.08

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Pretty Good Garage. Sometimes when you run a blog you search for a lot of Texas Tech things and I ran across this on Sunday evening and I thought it was pretty great.

Texas Tech Soccer

Team Dinner. Each year at the Rawls, head coach Tom Stone has a team dinner with all of the new players and their families and this year there are 10 newcomers: 2 early enrollee freshmen; 2 transfers; 2 international players; and 4 freshman who have shown up here in the summer.

Texas Tech Track and Field

Lady Raider Basketball

Texas Tech Baseball

Gabe Holt and Taylor Floyd Make It Official.

Texas Tech Basketball

Culver to Minnesota Official. I had no idea that the NBA Draft Day trade between Minneosta and Phoenix is complete, so now you can buy your Culver jerseys or sherseys.

Next to Win. An SI roundtable wonders who the next head coachwill win a national championship and Molly Geary thinks it is Chris Beard:

Molly Geary: I’ll go with the guy who came closer to anyone but Bennett in 2019: Chris Beard—even if I’m not entirely convinced it will come at Texas Tech. Not because the Red Raiders can’t win a national title—they clearly can, as evidenced by how close they came this past April—but more because I expect Beard to draw tons of future attention on the coaching market. Look at what he’s done in just three seasons at Texas Tech, a program that hadn’t been to the Sweet 16 since 2005 (and never to the Elite Eight) before he took over: Back-to-back Elite Eight trips, including a national championship game run, and both in seasons where the Red Raiders were picked to finish seventh in the Big 12! I wouldn’t count out him wielding his magic and making another serious run in Lubbock next March, but no matter where he is after that, more big-time success is likely to follow.

Texas Tech Football

Podcast Alert. I joined Andy Mitts at Rock Chalk Talk to discuss Texas Tech football so please check it out.

Mahomes Works to be Better. Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor writes about how Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is working to be even better:

“I think the best advice I had for them is something I kind of live by, and it’s whatever I do, just do it to the best of my ability and give everything I have,” said Mahomes, who was there courtesy of Essentia Water (another new sponsor of his). “They should go out there and give all they have, knowing that that usually works out. And if it doesn’t, they know they did whatever they could to make it.”

But for all the exciting off-the-field opportunities he’s embraced this year, Mahomes has made it clear to everyone — from the Chiefs to his new sponsors — that football will always come first.

And proof of that is reflected in his improved physique, as Mahomes — who lit the NFL up to the tune of 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2018, his first year as a starter — is primed to come back as sculpted as he ever has before.

There’s also this Instagram post from Mahomes and another Red Raider, Nic Shimonek, who I think is part of Mahomes’ inner circle of people who are really close to him.


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Another day at the office!

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