The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2022.12.12

Pray for the Pirate.

Mississippi State released a statement on former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach:

Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Mike Leach had a personal health issue at his home earlier today (Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022). That issue led to a decision to transfer Coach Leach to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson by ambulance. That is the extent of information that MSU has available regarding Coach Leach’s condition, and the university will make no other comment at this time other than to say that the thoughts and prayers of the university are with Mike and Sharon and their family.

I won’t speculate about what happened. So do the thing you can do and think a good thought for the Pirate.

24/7 Sports is grading all of the first-year head coaches (first year on at a particular college) and Joey McGuire gets a B and the 8th best grade:

Finishing above .500 this season at Texas Tech was a minor miracle for Joey McGuire, whose team was projected to miss bowl season given the roster the Red Raiders were bringing back. Texas Tech’s hot finish, including an overtime win over Oklahoma during rivalry weekend, pushed the Red Raiders to a well-deserved bowl appearance. Texas Tech played six nationally-ranked teams at the time of the game this fall and finished 2-4 in those matchups. You can tell McGuire has complete buy-in from players, which is what you want to see by the end of your first campaign.

Not sure how Notre Dam’s Marcus Freeman received a B and finishing ahead of McGuire as well given the talent at Notre Dame, but whatever.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams reports that Texas Tech Player Personnel Director, James Blanchard, received a 19% raise, going from $185,000 to $220,000. Not surprisingly, both Texas A&M and Nebraska tried to get Blanchard to leave.

The Athletic’s Sam Kahn ($) answers reader questions and there’s lots of stuff there, but one of the things that interested me was that Kahn believes that Kenny Perry and Emmett Jones would be candidates for the job at North Texas along with former Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente, Washington State offensive coordinator Eric Morris, and TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley.


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