The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.07.22

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A Few More Weekends Without Sport. I think that the official first date for preseason practice is somewhere around August 12th, so you’ve only got a few more weekends without any sort of Texas Tech athletics. The summer has sort of flown by for me, probably because it’s just been so busy and there’s so little break between sports, if any at all. You should try to remember with men’s basketball and baseball how many more good days you’ve had than bad days and we’re pretty lucky to have those programs.

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Giles to Texas Southern. Former Red Raider footballer and LSU Tiger footballer Jonathan Giles has ended up transferring to Texas Southern, via The Advocate’s Brooks Kubena. Giles will be a graduate transfer, so he’s eligible to play immediately. Giles never experienced the success at LSU that he did when he was at Texas Tech. I posted this on Twitter on Saturday and there was a lot of folks essentially saying, “LOL, should have never transferred, the grass isn’t always greener.” And well, I think things always work out the way they are supposed to work out, Giles obviously didn’t want to be in Lubbock and Texas Tech so whatever. I still hope that Giles has success and does whatever he wants to do, sure, it didn’t work out at Texas Tech, but I don’t wish ill will on him. I need the least amount of bad Texas Tech mojo possible. Putting good thoughts out there into the universe.

Wells on Linebackers. A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about the relatively unknown linebackers from Utah State who have had post-college success, namely Bobby Wagner and Kyler Fackrell, and Wells says that it is how they evaluate linebackers:

β€œI think you look for guys that can run, that are tough, love the game, have passion, that are smart,” Wells said. β€œAnd then you transition them. Typically, a lot of our guys have actually gone from outside to inside. We will recruit high-school linebackers that play linebacker, but I would tell you we potentially will recruit more that don’t play linebacker.”


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