The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2023.07.24

A slow weekend.

This was a slow news weekend other than the Air Raiders getting knocked out of the TBT on Friday night.

Athlon Sports has the Big 12 All-Transfer team and there’s a handful of Red Raiders mentioned including receiver Drae McCray, offensive lineman Rusty Staats, outside linebacker Steve Linton, and defensive back C.J. Baskerville. Also mentioned in the “others to watch” category for kicker is Reese Burkhardt from UAB, who never attempted any more than 2 extra points in 2022.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams on the reason why the beveled double-t was utilized in the middle of the new football field at Jones AT&T Stadium with Robert Giovannetti:

Asked the reasoning behind the choice, Giovannetti said, “The 3D Double T is the official mark of Texas Tech athletics. The other is in our vault as a throwback. We’ll still use that on occasion when the occasion presents itself, but at all of our current facilities that are external-facing like the [United Supermarkets] Arena, baseball, soccer and everything else, we use the current mark.”

I would be more than happy to have the beveled double-t go away for a long time. There’s just no need for all of those bevels or layers. The simplicity is what’s important, a kid should be able to draw your logo (or an adult bored at work) and you can’t draw Texas Tech’s current mark.

Rivals’ Adam Gorney goes deep into all of the second year coaches, which is interesting to read for Brent Venebles and Sonny Dykes, but also included is Joey McGuire:

McGuire – and his entire staff and operation – are phenomenal recruiters and make kids believe in the program. There will always be location challenges but Texas Tech finished fourth in the conference team rankings in 2023 with four four-stars led by defensive end Isaiah Crawford.

In-state recruiting is going to be huge for McGuire, since he has so many connections in the state from being a long-time high school coach. Twenty-one of the program’s 25 signees in 2023 were from Texas and all of Texas Tech’s commits in 2024 are in-state prospects.


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