The Morning Stake | 2020.10.01

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Texas Tech announced that season ticket holders have donated $1.2 million from their 2020 football season tickets back to the department:

Texas Tech Athletics announced Wednesday it has received more than $1.2 million in donations from season ticket holders who gifted the cost of their 2020 football season ticket back to the department.

As part of its commitment to maintain a first-class student-athlete experience, Texas Tech will utilize the donations as part of the Red Raider Club Excellence Fund, which provides critical resources to student-athletes such as scholarship and academic support, nutrition, leadership development, strength and conditioning and more.

“We couldn’t be more thankful for the generosity of so many of our season ticket holders,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “These are without question uncertain times in college athletics, making these gifts even more critical as we continue to provide a first-class experience for our student-athletes. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference in the lives of our student-athletes, and we are so grateful to those who have donated and for their commitment to this athletics program.”

Texas Tech also released the internal review of the softball program. I read the report and I don’t know that I learned anything new, but it is there for you to read (it is the PDF right underneath the title).

The review was conducted from Aug. 20-Sept. 21. The review team included Jodie Billingsley, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources; Tony Hernandez, Deputy Athletic Director; Glenn Mellinger, Administrative Investigator, Office for Student Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct, and; Brian Shannon, Horn Professor, Texas Tech School of Law and Faculty Athletics Representative.

“When information comes forward in regards to concerns with student-athletes or any of our athletic programs we conduct our due diligence to determine the appropriate course of action,” said Hocutt. “From the review, we received some additional perspectives and some new information that led us to an understanding that it was in the best interest for both sides for Adrian Gregory to step down as head softball coach.”

Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams writes about what defensive end Tyree Wilson, the transfer from Texas A&M, and what he brings to the program:

As has been the case with other transfers the Red Raiders added the past two off-seasons, Wilson said as soon his name was in the transfer portal, Texas Tech coaches were among the first to pursue him.

“Honestly, I never saw myself coming to Texas Tech,” Wilson said, referring to his high-school recruitment. “I did talk to Texas Tech coming out of high school, but I never saw myself coming here. But me and coach Wells, me and coach Randolph had a great relationship, and being in college you’re not scared to go away from home, so I had to come where I could be successful.”

Dallas Morning News’ Brice Paterik writes about 5 things you need to know about Kansas State:

Skylar Thompson can throw
Historically, the Kansas State offense hasn’t been like most others in the Big 12 in terms of its productivity through the air. The Wildcats have only had one QB throw for at least 2,000 yards in the last five seasons. Skylar Thompson threw for 2,315 yards last year.

Through two games the senior quarterback has thrown for 593 yards and three touchdowns. He’s the best quarterback this team has had in several years, probably since Collin Klein. Thompson isn’t flashy but he knows how to operate within this offense.

Here are some tweets.

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