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The Morning Stake | 2019.11.04

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Under Armour May Be in Some Hot Water. Via CNBC, the Justice Department is investigating Under Armour and their accounting practices, having been under investigation since 2017. I think this is what us simple-folk call “cooking the books”.

Under Armour is the subject of federal investigations by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission over its accounting practices, the company confirmed Sunday.

Under Armour began responding in July 2017 to requests for documents and information related to its accounting practices and related disclosures. Under Armour is cooperating with both investigations and believes its accounting practices and disclosures were appropriate, a company spokesperson said.

The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation and is coordinating with civil investigators at the SEC, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story. The SEC declined to comment. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

You wonder how much of these conversations the new president is having with Kirby Hocutt. You’d also think that if a company goes under, that this would be an immediate release of the contract, but maybe, just maybe, this would be an opportunity to possibly negotiate some sort of deal with another company. I don’t know that this is a death knell for the deal between Texas Tech and Under Armour, but

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Texas Tech 1, Baylor 0. Kirsten Davis nails the lone goal of the game and Texas Tech advances in the Big 12 Championship. Texas Tech will play TCU in the semi-finals on Friday, November 8th, with the Big 12 Championship set for Sunday.

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Game 1 | Red 10, Black 4 (Recap | Box Score – PDF): For the Red Team, John McMillon had the start and went 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, striking out 5 and walking none. Mason Montgomery went an inning and gave up 3 hits and 3 runs, while Ryan Sublette and Ryan Keesee each pitched 2 frames. Offensively, Dylan Neuse, Braxton Fulford, and Cole Stilwell each had 2 RBI. For the Black Team, Hunter Dobbins got the start and gave up 4 runs, while Trey Garlett gave up 5 runs in relief. Dru Baker had a home run and Bo Willis went 3-4.

Game 2 | Black 4, Red 2 (Recap | Box Score – PDF): Conor Queen gets the win for the Black Team, but Micah Dallas got the start going 4 innings. Kurt Wilson got the save, while Drek Bridges, Jakob Brustoski, and Austin Becker all pitched in relief. T.J. Rumfield, Easton Murrell, Bo Willis, and Hunter Dobbins all had 2 hits on the day. For the Red Team, Bryce Bonnin pitched well in the start going 4 innings, but Eli Riechmann gave up 6 hits and 3 runs in his 2 innings of work. Jon Barrera, Riley Ramsey, and Andrew Devine all pitched in relief, although Barrera struggled a bit giving up a run and had 3 walks. Dillon Carter had 2 hits for the day, while Tanner O’Tremba and Jared Cushing also had the only hits of the day.

Texas Tech Basketball

Peavy to Decide at 8:30 a.m., Be Ready for Good Times. If I jinx Texas Tech, then so be it, but from all accounts, Texas Tech is set to land 4-star forward Micah Peavy from Duncanville, a former teammate of Jahmi’us Ramsey. You can bet your sweet ass that we’re ready if and when it happens.

Edwards, Moretti, and Benson. Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about the three veterans of this team, Kyler Edwards, Davide Moretti, and Avery Benson:

“He’s looking to take the next step and become an every-possession player,” Beard said. “I don’t put all the pressure in the world on him. He wants it to happen very quickly, I do too. I believe in where Kyler is going.”

Edwards is also confident in his ascent into an all-around player, doing whatever it takes to make sure his jump shot, defense and day-to-day mindset is on point. That’s included making a few calls to former teammate and current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver for advice.

“I want to become a go-to scorer,” said Edwards, who averaged 5.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game as a freshman last season. “This whole summer I’ve been working on my game very hard because I knew my role was going to be bigger than it was last year.”

Highs and Lows. Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes that head coach Chris Beard thinks that this year’s team could have significant highs and lows this season:

“It’s captain obvious here, but we’ve got a lot work to do,” Beard said of his team, which welcomes 10 newcomers. “But I do like our guys. I think we’re all on the same page in terms of our expectations.”

Moretti, Edwards and Benson will get some guidance help from graduate transfers TJ Holyfied (Stephen F. Austin) and Chris Clarke (Virginia Tech) who were also added to help bring length and athleticism to the perimeter.

“So our perfect team at Texas Tech, if we could ever get there, would be a team that has eight or nine guys that can play all over the floor,” Beard said. “And, this year, has some of those characteristics like Chris Clarke that can play different positions.”

Texas Tech Football

Taggert Fired from Florida State. This has nothing to do with Texas Tech, just an interesting story. Florida State has hired 2nd year head coach Willie Taggert, owing him something like $17-$18 million on his contract. I’d imagine that Matt Rhule will be high on any list.

Don’t Fear the Name, Image, Likeness NCAA Move. Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams writes that fans shouldn’t fear the name, image, likeness (you’ll see this referred to as “NIL”):

Make no mistake: The NCAA opposes loosening the restrictions. It will agree to do so at the point of a legislative sword. Mark Emmert’s bunch is no more in favor of college athletes’ receiving an extra buck than they were two weeks ago.

“We’ve seen the light and come around.”? Not hardly.

You don’t have to read hard between the lines in the statement the NCAA released Tuesday to discern that college sports’ governing body is just as wary as anyone about potential new avenues for recruiting foul play and intends to be vigilant about heading them off.

Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt strongly endorsed the concept that athletes should have the same rights as their fellow students. In doing so, he’s on board with players being able to benefit from their name, image and likeness.


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