The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2022.06.30

A new day for the Big 12.

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The Athletic has an excellent piece (this is not paywalled for whatever reason) about the new Big 12 AD, Brett Yormark. This is a long read and one where there’s a lot of detail, tracking Yormark’s career starting out as an intern to where he is today. The key take-away for me is that he’s handled huge projects and seen them through, including the construction of the Barclay’s Center to a full re-brand of the Brooklyn Nets. I’m excited about this for the Big 12, maybe it doesn’t work out, but I have high hopes that it does.

Big 12 Sportsmanship Award

This is something worth mentioning, congrats to Linyu Dong for recognized with the Big 12 Female Sportsmanship Award, which honors student-athletes who display an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship, community service, and academic achievement.


KSTP (a television station after STP’s heart), a television station in Minnesota, spoke with Kerwin Walton, Jr. about his time at North Carolina, why he chose Texas Tech, what he’s working on and how he’s getting better and so much more. This isn’t a fluff piece, but an actual good conversation. Enjoyed this.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello has his early top 25 and Texas Tech checking in at #22. I get why Borzello has Elijah Fisher in the starting lineup and I think that there will be more shooting in the starting lineup (I think Walton will start).

Texas Tech was the first team left out of the top 25 last month, but then the Red Raiders went out and landed five-star recruit Elijah Fisher — who also reclassified into the 2022 class and will suit up for Tech next season. We’ll project him in the starting lineup for now, but Mark Adams could also opt for a bit more experience with Clarence Nadolny or more shooting with Gardner-Webb transfer D’Maurian Williams. Reclassified prospects often take more time to adapt to the college game, but Fisher turned 18 in January and also suited up for Canada’s U19 team. With Mylik Wilson entering the portal, however, the major question centers around the point guard spot. De’Vion Harmon will likely be the primary ball handler, but he has been more of a scorer first throughout his college career. Trust in Adams, though.


Athlon Sports and College Football News have their previews of Texas Tech up. I typically cannot wait for the anonymous coaches article that comes out every year from Athlon’s and am a bit on pins and needles waiting for that to hit the interwebs. Regardless, these are good reads, but maybe you want to wait until the weekend to read them? Give you something to do over the long weekend (presuming you have one).

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football released their All-Texas team and punter Austin McNamara was named best special teams as well as first team, with running back Tahj Brooks and defensive end Tyree Wilson on the second team.


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