The Morning Stake | 2020.07.03

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This hit yesterday morning and you’ve most likely seen it, but here we go. Avalanche-Journal’s Gabriel Monte reported that Texas Tech wide receiver Caden Leggett was arrested over the weekend after he admitted to racing his vehicle in South Lubbock. The details are pretty fantastic (not in a good way), including 3 racing vehicles (Leggett’s is a Mustang), another teammate that was part of the race, but didn’t return to the scene of the crime, and a map of the race that was on Leggett’s phone. Texas Tech athletics said that they will handle this in accordance with the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.

SI’s Michael Shapiro has a Big 12 basketball offseason report and has Texas Tech ranked #3 heading into the season and one of the big questions is whether or not Mac McClung will be immediately eligible:

3. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders will have to mitigate a slew of losses from their 2019-20 team, including leading scorers Jahmi’us Ramsey and Davide Moretti. But if any coach can handle the departures, it’s Chris Beard. Texas Tech’s head coach is 94–44 in three seasons in Lubbock, including a national title game appearance in 2019. Beard could work more magic with Texas Tech in 2020–21.

Beard has some quality talent incoming as he enters his fourth year with the Red Raiders. Micah Peavy and Nimari Burnett should make a modest imprint in their freshman seasons, joining returning guard Kyler Edwards. If Mac McClung is granted eligibility, this could be the Big 12 favorite. If the Georgetown transfer has to sit, a tournament appearance is still quite likely.

Rivals’ Woody Wommack and 24/7 Sports’ Andrew Ivins each ranked the Elite 11 quaterbacks in which Texas Tech quarterback commit Behren Morton competed. Wommack had Morton at #9 overall, while Ivins had him at #10. This is from Wommack’s piece:

9. Behren Morton (Texas Tech commit) — Morton throws one of the prettiest balls I’ve seen in this year’s class and his ability to do so was on display throughout the week. The fact that he had no problem turning it loose and letting it rip impressed me, even if it led to some inaccurate passes at times. He can also move pretty well and he’s a great fit for modern college football offenses.

I think I like most of all how the staff identified Morton, despite the rankings not being all that great, and making him the priority. They believed he was their quarterback for the 2021 class. Let’s hope that’s the case with the rest of the commits.

Rivals’ Corey Evans opines that there is a 1% chance that Jonathan Kuminga plays college ball, which would be going to Texas Tech. We always said it was a longshot (based on people like Evans and Chris Level who are in the know more than I’ll ever be) and that appears to be the case.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello asks the top remaining questions of the upcoming college basketball year and the question of McClung’s eligibility is question 8:

Texas Tech was one of the biggest winners — if not the biggest winner — of the transfer market, landing Mac McClung and Marcus Santos-Silva with the chance both will be eligible next season. Santos-Silva’s status won’t be in the NCAA’s hands; he is taking classes this summer in order to graduate and be eligible immediately. But McClung will come down to a waiver. The athletic guard left Georgetown after an injury-plagued second half of the season, and he is hoping to replace Davide Moretti, who left in May to pursue professional options overseas. Chris Beard loses three starters from last season’s team but brings in a top-15 recruiting class. If both McClung and Santos-Silva are eligible immediately, this is a borderline top-10 team in the preseason.

Here are some tweets.

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