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The Morning Stake | 2022.03.29

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Texas Tech Basketball

Louisiana Tech announced the hiring of Texas Tech assistant coach Talvin Hester today as the new head coach for the Bulldogs. Hester was an assistant at Texas Tech for this past year and was at Louisiana Tech from 2018 through 2021. Congrats to Coach Hester and this makes two Texas Tech coaches that Louisiana Tech has hired as head coaches within the last year (that has to be some sort of record), the other being Sonny Cumbie. Congrats to Coach Hester!

Texas Tech Baseball

Texas Tech hosts SFA for a 2-game series starting today.

  • March 29th @ 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+ | StatBroadcast | Texas Tech RHP Chase Hampton (4.12 ERA, 3-1) vs. SFA RHP Patrick Kudelka (0.00 ERA, 0-0)
  • March 30th @ 1:00 p.m. | ESPN+ | StatBroadcast | Texas Tech’s RHP Austin Becker (6.00 ERA, 1-0) vs. SFA’s TBA

Pitcher Andrew Morris was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for his 6 innings and one run on Friday night.

Pew pew.

Texas Tech Football


CBS Sports’ Shehan Jeyarajah has one question facing every Big 12 team:

Can the offensive line be productive?: First-year coach Joey McGuire took some swings on his first staff, but none is bigger than elevating Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Zach Kittley to the same position at his alma mater. Kittley led the Hilltoppers to the nation’s best passing offense in his first year after moving from FCS Houston Baptist, and he hopes to do the same at Texas Tech. For Kittley’s system to thrive, however, the Red Raiders quickly need to get their offensive line in order. Three starters are gone from an offensive line unit that struggled by giving up 22 sacks and failing to pave the way for any running back to eclipse 600 yards.

McGuire has acted decisively to fill the holes, though. All-conference lineman Cole Spencer came with Kittley from WKU as one of four offensive line transfers. Oklahoma State’s Monroe Mills and UT-Martin’s Michael Shanahan also join the rotation. The transfers should compete with a handful of leftover high school recruits for playing time. If Kittley can have a starting five in mind leaving spring camp, the Red Raiders will be ahead of schedule.

24/7 Sports’ Riley Gates predicts one breakout player for every Big 12 team:

[Myles] Price contributed solidly in 2021, catching 38 passes for 523 yards and two touchdowns last year, which was the third-most yards for the Red Raiders last year. But leading receivers Erik Ezukanma and Kaylor Geiger are both gone now, which opens up the door in a big way for Price to step up.

β€œHe’s been in the program a couple years, had a solid, but not spectacular 2021 season and inside receivers are expected to be featured again at Tech with new OC Zach Kittley. Price is poised for a monster 2022 season.” β€” Jarret Johnson of Inside the Red Raiders


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