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The Morning Stake | 2020.01.16

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Turns out Colin Trevorrow’s version of Star Wars: Episode IX was good, actually. Via the AV Club:

In what amounts to the most shocking twist in Star Wars history, Colin Trevorrow’s script for Episode IX was better than the version J.J. Abrams gave us—on paper, at least. A breakdown of the script, co-written by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, appeared on Reddit overnight at r/StarWarsLeaks, which has a surprisingly sound track record with regard to, well, Star Wars leaks. (Major plot points from The Rise Of Skywalker, along with a pair of screenshots from the film’s climax, appeared in the subreddit months prior to its release.) While neither Disney nor Trevorrow have commented on the leak, we’ve spoken with another source who was able to independently confirm the legitimacy of the Trevorrow-Connolly script.

According to the breakdown, which originates on YouTube, Trevorrow’s Episode IX was titled Duel Of The Fates (actually a very good title!) and his last draft was written in December 2016, about a week before the passing of Carrie Fisher. Though certain plot points could have changed during production or through reshoots, Trevorrow and Connolly’s story seems far more compelling than The Rise Of Skywalker. In their version, Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico is given a much larger role and spends a good portion of the film with Finn, C-3PO, and R2-D2 on a mission to light a beacon on Coruscant that will draw allies to assist the Resistance in their final battle against the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey, Poe, and Chewbacca head to a distant planet to find answers that may help Rey figure out what to do about this whole (gestures wildly) situation.

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Lady Raiders Fall to Texas. Here is your recap of the Lady Raider’ loss to Texas, 92-66, which drops the Lady Raiders to 1-3 in conference. Chrislyn Carr and Brittany Brewer scored 16, but obviously not a great night. The Ladies will go back on the road on Saturday to take on Kansas at 5:00 p.m.

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Texas Tech Seeking Reconsideration for Ntambwe. On Texas Tech athletic director’s show, he said that Texas Tech is seeking a reconsideration of the Joel Ntambwe waiver denial.


Top Freshman. Rivals’ Eric Bossi is ranking the top 10 freshmen through the year and has Jahmi’us Ramsey ranked 8th in the nation:

Analysis: A high-scoring combo guard, Ramsey has done a nice job of bouncing back from an early winter injury. Known as an athletic driver coming out of high school, his three-point shooting has been a big surprise as he’s connected on an impressive 44.8 percent of his deep shots.


Texas Tech Football

Tyler Carr to Transfer. Back-up tight end Tyler Carr has decided to transfer, throwing some decent shade by just thanking Kliff Kingsbury and his staff, but no mention of current head coach Matt Wells. EDIT: I was in a hurry and didn’t read Carr’s entire tweet, where he thanked Wells and Kingsbury. Sorry for the error and apologies all the way around. fine, it’ can’t all be Snickers bars and jalopeno flavored kettle chips.

Football Additions.

  • Jake Benninghoff high jumps for Texas Tech’s track and field team, well . . . he did last year. Via Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr., Benninghoff said that he likes high jumping, but loves football and has joined the football program full time. You can check out his senior year highlights on Hudl while he was at Rogers High School in Arkansas. I believe that Benninghoff will be a junior.
  • Via RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan, Texas Tech received the commitment from a preferred walk-on, offensive lineman Wyatt Garrity from Indian Trial, North Carolina. Garrity was apparently committed to West Virginia before he spent a year at prep school and will join the program this spring. You can check out Garrity’s highlights at Hudl.

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