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The Morning Stake | 2022.04.06

A new commish.


The Big 12 and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced that Bowlsby would step down this year as commissioner. I am pretty agnostic about this, I don’t find that Bowlsby did as terrible of a job as other people think, but then again, I’m not overly critical when it comes to a conference commissioner. Bowlsby does what the Presidents want him to do and when you have presidents that don’t want to cooperate, like Texas and Oklahoma, then he’s incompetent. The Big 12 presidents largely wanted to keep things at 10 teams (i.e. Texas and Oklahoma so there was a bigger piece of the pie for everyone). When unanimous consent was required (or even 9 out of 10), there was almost a lose-lose situation no matter when Texas and Oklahoma was involved, particularly Texas.

Because I don’t feel that Bowlsby did a ton wrong or things that were out of his control, for me he also doesn’t get much credit for anything that went right either. I’m actually quite happy that Houston, Cincinnati, Central Florida, and BYU have joined, it’s better than the alternative and I’ll be happy to hope for the best here.

SI’s Ross Dellenger tweeted potential candidates:

A few candidates to watch for Big 12 commissioner gig, per some industry insiders: Bama AD Greg Byrne; Baylor AD Mack Rhoades; WVU AD Shane Lyons; Oliver Luck; Oregon AD Rob Mullens; UW AD Jen Cohen; Colorado AD Rick George; Big 12 senior associate commissioner Ed Stewart. Left off WCC commissioner Gloria Nevarez, who was in the running for the Pac-12 commissioner opening.

And the good news is that Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec will be leading the search process.


Texas Tech finished 12th in the national rankings and that’s a pretty good first year for Mark Adams. Cleanse your palette with this highlight video.


congrats to Jace Jung for being named to the 2022 Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list which is the top amateur baseball player in the country.

Texas Tech dropped a mid-week game to Grand Canyon 9-4 last night (box score). Chase Hampton went just 3 innings giving up 4 runs (there were a couple of fielding errors that maybe didn’t help things), 1 walk and 2 strikeouts, with Brandon Beckel pitching the 8th inning and giving up 3 runs at that time. Easton Murrell led off with a home run (he hit 2 overall) and went 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI, and Jace Jung also hit a dinger and went 3-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.


Defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.

Amier Washington committed to Texas Tech this past weekend and Red Raider Sports’ Ben Golan talked with Washington about his commitment:

Texas Tech has not previously recruited the “409” all that well, but that could be changing and we saw the first sign of that on Saturday evening with Washington’s commitment to the Red Raiders.

“The main reason I chose Texas Tech is all the recruitment personnel moved over there. I made a really good connection with them so I was like ‘let me go visit over there and see what’s going on’ and I just liked what I saw.

(Coach Blanchard), I’ve only met him a couple times in real life but most of the time we just talk over the phone. He offered me at Baylor and at Texas Tech so it means a lot. I also met coach (Zarnell) Fitch on my visit and we stay in contact.”


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