The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2022.09.21

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Another huge gift.

Not a ton of time today.

Major Gift

Texas Tech announced an $11 million gift by John and Tracy Sellers, John having played with Cody Campbell and Tracy playing softball. Of the $11 million donated, $10 million will go to the Dustin R. Womble Football Center with construction to begin at the end of the season and the other $1 million will go to facility upgrades to Rocky Johnson Field:

The additional $1 million, meanwhile, will be allocated to future facility upgrades to Rocky Johnson Field, which includes the construction of an awning similar to Rip Griffin Park as well as new field netting, an upgraded sound system and more. This is the largest commitment to Texas Tech’s softball program in the last 20 years

“We are very fortunate that two of our former players are contributing in such an impactful way.” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “John and Tracy care deeply about this university and athletics program and we can’t thank them enough for this gift. This is another important step in what we see as a successful future for both our football and softball programs.”

John Sellers, a native of Canyon and former Red Raider football player, is co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Double Eagle Holdings, one of the most-successful oil and gas exploration and development companies in the country. His wife, the former Tracy Cartier, was a softball letterwinner from 2001-03 where she made 89 starts, totaling 58 hits, 31 runs, four doubles, a pair of triples and 18 stolen bases during that span. The Red Raiders advanced to only their second NCAA Regional at the time during her debut season in 2001.




Bryce Ramirez’s smile is awesome and I very much appreciate NC State head coach Dave Doren supporting Bryce while he’s still in North Carolina.

Red Raider Sports’ Justin Apodaca recaps meeting with the players today, including Tony Bradford, Jr., Nehemiah Martinez, Caleb Rogers, SaRodorick Thompson, and Tyrique Matthews. Here’s a bit from Thompson:

Thompson spoke about the offenseโ€™s usage of the running backs in the passing game when the ground game has struggled to get going at times this season.

โ€œItโ€™s very important, especially when teams are dropping eight,โ€ Thompson said. โ€œIf we can just get five to eight yards a pop when theyโ€™re doing stuff like that, itโ€™s a big bonus. Theyโ€™ll start to up the coverage and open things up for our wide receivers.โ€

Thompson spoke about the Texas defensive front and what challenges they bring.

โ€œTheyโ€™re very aggressive,โ€ Thompson said. โ€œThey like to run a four-down front so theyโ€™ve got those big dudes up front, but we should be fine.โ€


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