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The Morning Stake | 2020.02.19

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DI Transfer Waiver Working Group to seek feedback on waiver expansion. Via NCAA:

The waiver criteria are the same as the legislated exception already allowed for student-athletes who compete in any sport other than baseball, basketball, football or men’s ice hockey.

“More than a third of all college students transfer at least once, and the Division I rule prohibiting immediate competition for students who play five sports hasn’t discouraged them from transferring,” Steinbrecher said. “This dynamic has strained the waiver process, which was designed to handle extenuating and extraordinary circumstances.”

When the Division I Board of Directors placed a moratorium on transfer legislation last fall and asked the Council to appoint the working group, it acknowledged the stress on the waiver process caused by a rule that makes a waiver the only means to immediate competition for some transferring college athletes in Division I.

“We know that challenges will exist with this concept, particularly as it relates to other coaches potentially tampering with currently enrolled student-athletes,” Steinbrecher said. “The working group will continue to examine this, as well as any potential financial aid and academic impacts, so the Council can make a fully informed decision.”

It’s amazing how quickly this happened. The Big Ten announces, the ACC gets on board and the NCAA announces that a change could happen as soon as next year. And how about that first nugget in that first sentence, that players are eligible immediately in every sport in a transfer situation except for football, baseball, basketball, and men’s hockey. I didn’t really know that until this stuff came up the last couple of days.

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Fireside Chat. So awesome and fun. What a great idea by the athletic department.

Culver’s Coronado Number Retired.

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#46 ESPN has their updated FPI rankings, which is like how they think teams will finish, and Texas Tech is #46. Here’s the Big 12 list:

3. Oklahoma
7. Texas
17. Oklahoma State
31. Iowa State
32. TCU
44. Baylor
46. Texas Tech
48. West Virginia
50. Kansas State
104. Kansas

Offers to 2020 Recruits. I’m bookmarking this for a later full post, but it was too interesting not to share here (and I love you all), via HeroSports, this is a list of the teams with the most offers to 2020 recruits. For example, Southern Miss leads the nation with 587 total offers, Texas Tech has 148 total offers. I’ll look at some data this weekend, but it’s here for you now.


Cheetahs. Here are your fastest players on the team.


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