The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2021.05.10

An occasional dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Good morning.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent the weekend in Ft. Worth, a friend of the blog, Justin, invited me to run the Cowtown Half Marathon a few months ago and that race was Saturday morning. This coincided closely with my 16th year wedding anniversary with my lovely wife and we decided to make a weekend out of it.

We had a great time running the race, I was able to meet Justin’s friend, Greg, both Red Raiders, and I was able to run a half marathon basically before my wife got up, so it’s a win-win.

A couple of notes, which is that both men and women tennis teams advanced in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the women beating San Diego, but then losing to UCLA in the second round, and the men beating Virginia Tech, and then losing to Georgia in the second round.

The softball team will be the 6th seed in the Big 12 Tournament and I can’t believe that’s already about to start.

The women’s golf team is set to start their NCAA Tournament run by partaking in the Louisville Regional. If you are curious as to the men, they won’t tee off until May 17th-19th where they’ll play in the Albuquerque NCAA Regional.

Want me to wreak some havoc? I mentioned this in our Slack channel and it was some pause for concern. Texas Tech is the only Power Five program without a 2022 commit. Before everyone freaks out, I think this is because Matt Wells is waiting until the transfer portal is solidified and he’s taken all of the transfers he wants. I think that fall sports had until May 1st to enter the portal. I’d also add that the transfers that come on board also count against the 25 recruiting class limit. And this is where some coaches have a huge problem with this idea, that transfers count against a 25-player recruiting class.

There is some integrity in what Wells is doing, I think, although I’ve never sat in a coaching meeting. There’s something called commitable offers and my guess is that Wells wants to complete his transfer class so that he knows exactly how big his high school class will be and he will then know exactly how many commitable offers he has. It would probably be really easy to have high school players commit without knowing what the transfer class will be like or the numbers, but that’s probably not fair to the high school players to think they have something that they really do not.

I wouldn’t expect a huge transfer class from here on out, but I would still expect some help at the offensive line.

And the idea that Wells knows that he needs more transfers because he needs to win now is at, the very least, recognition that Wells is likely reading the room correctly. I think Wells needs 7 wins at the least, but that’s a guess, a lot like all of this.

In any event, just some food for thought for a Monday.


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