The Morning Stake | 2020.11.04

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Dallas morning News’ Katherine Griffith writes about TCU head coach Gary Patterson’s press conference and I did not know that TCU was winless at home and that stopping the run is key for TCU:

Patterson said that the key to beating Tech is to get them to throw the ball. He said that the Red Raiders had a few big runs against Oklahoma last week and the key will be to stop the run. Last year, TCU was able to cause some problems in pass protection and they are hoping to get the Red Raiders to throw the ball to continue to disrupt the passing game.

He also said that Texas Tech’s players are big and talented and quarterback Henry Colombi can scramble, as well.

This seems like the right plan to stopping Colombi and the offense. Colombi can’t really throw big throws and if you stop the run, then you’re likely to stop the offense.

Softball America’s Brady Vernon sat down with new Texas Tech softball coach Sami Ward. This was a story that was buried a bit (buried because of me, not because of the news, Texas Tech wasn’t trying to do it, I just got busy) and I’m glad to read this:

In their first meeting together, Ward and her new team conversed about what they had seen in each other at that Judi Garman Classic. The players’ main takeaway was that Ward’s mid-major program was able to upset those top-tier opponents. Her response to them was simple: Loyola Marymount’s team thought they could beat anyone, and there’s no reason Texas Tech can’t have that same mentality going forward.

“So often people are told, ‘You’re only Texas Tech, you’re only this.’ That’s not real, that’s not a real thing,” Ward told Softball America in a phone interview. “When we understand that as individuals we can accomplish anything we set our minds to, we can achieve anything…Having an attitude that you can do and be whatever you want. (Having a) mentality of achievement, competitiveness, finding a way to get anything done is so important right now.”

I encourage you to read the whole thing. I hope this hire works out. Ward did confirm her staff, which includes her husband, Randy Ward, and Brittany Miller.

My favorite basketball ranker, CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish ranks teams all through the season, at least once a week in the offseason, and every day during the season. With the addition of Mac McClung, Texas Tech moved up 3 spots to #16:

Texas Tech lost its top two scorers early – namely one-and-done star Jahmi’us Ramsey and Davide Moretti, the latter of whom decided in late May to pursue opportunities overseas. But Chris Beard is still returning three of the top six scorers from a team that finished 21st at KenPom, and he’s combining that nice nucleus with a top-15 recruiting class highlighted by four-star prospects Nimari Burnett and Micah Peavy (plus VCU grad-transfer Marcus Santos-Silva and Georgetown transfer Mac McClung). So Texas Tech should have a chance to finish in the top three of the Big 12 for the fourth consecutive season.

And if you needed more entertainment, the latest fireside chat dropped last night, so check it out. John Reilly is so full of energy and he’s a ton of fun.

Here are some tweets.

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