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The Morning Stake | 2020.12.14

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Hello. I think that yesterday was an eventful day despite a day where really nothing has happened.

Yesterday, after lunch, Auburn fired their head coach Gus Malzahn. Prior to lunch, Illinois fired Lovie Smith. And I would expect the turnover that we normally see in a given year to continue to happen in the year of a pandemic.

So here we go.

As you know, I’m always hesitant to break news. Actually, that’s not accurate. I don’t break news. At all. That’s not what I do. I only have opinions and they are marginal at best.

With that being said, FootballScoop has a scoop, if you will, that echoes what I wrote last week about former Baylor coach Art Briles, who there are some incredibly wealthy boosters who think that Briles is THE guy to lead Texas Tech football.

I don’t know if I’ve written this here, but I know I’ve said it to friends and the STP staff, that hiring Briles would possibly lend itself to losing the lawsuits of Marlene Stollings and the possible lawsuit of Adrian Gregory (she has not sued Texas Tech). Not only that, but could we be entering a situation whereby the players sue for creating a hostile and unfavorable environment and would seem like hiring Briles would potentially sway a jury. Back to the FootballScoop article. If Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt, who I have heard is not in favor of hiring Briles in any way shape or form and can stave off these big money boosters, then there would be other options:

If the school does fire Wells and if the pro-Briles faction can be resisted, an open Texas Tech search could go a number of ways. The Red Raiders could look to stay in-state with successful former Texas high school coaches who have moved up the college ranks in UTSA head coach Jeff Traylor or Baylor associate head coach Joey McGuire or look outside the state to Tulsa’s Philip Montgomery, a longtime Briles lieutenant without the baggage. Montgomery’s Tulsa team will play Cincinnati for the AAC championship on Saturday.

There are options and if a move is made, which I would be fine with and support a move at head coach, then a hire for Briles would be a hire for something I simply cannot stand for. I’m not trying to be pious, I’m just okay with not touching Briles with a 10-foot pole. Guilty or not, I simply do not think that Texas Tech need this.

The Lady Raiders are in Waco to play No. 7 Baylor tonight, the game is on ESPNU and tip is at 7:00 p.m. There is a good chance that this is going to be a tough game for the Lady Raiders so I’d just say not to over-react one way or another.

GAME INFORMATION
Venue: Ferrell Center
Place: Waco, Texas
Opponent: No. 7 Baylor
Date: Monday, Dec. 14
Tip-off Time: 6 p.m. CT
Stream: ESPNU
TV Talent: Eric Frede and Carolyn Peck
Radio: 107.7 FM
Radio Talent: Mark Finkner and Chuck Heinz

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