The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2023.08.21

A good home opener for soccer.

Texas Tech was in Albuquerque to take on New Mexico where they settled for a 1-1 tie despite out-shooting the Lobos 15-3 (that’s on goal). Last night, Texas Tech whipped up on New Mexico State, 5-0, with two goals from Alex Kerr, Ashleigh Williams, and a single goal from Hannah Anderson.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams with a fun look at the talks in 2010 when Texas Tech wanted to join the Pac-10. This is one of those “in their own words” type of stories full of quotes and I’ll just pull one from Gerald Myers:

Myers: I think if Texas had agreed to not have that network, we would have all gone. Texas kind of blew it up. I wasn’t on the conversation when they called back, but I know that’s what happened. Texas said they were going to have that Longhorn Network, and (the Pac-10) said, ‘No, we can’t let individual schools have their network. We’re going to have a conference network,’ so that killed it right there. I think we would’ve been a member of the Pac-12 if Texas had agreed to their terms.

Lubbock Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams also wrote about the NIL program, The Matador Club, that benefits Texas Tech.

Anecdotally, a good many Tech followers seem staunchly opposed to all college athletes having the one-time transfer exception and NIL opportunities, jealousy being a driving factor. The transfer exception, allowing athletes to change schools once without having to a serve a sit-out year in residence, has liberalized player movement much more than the NCAA transfer portal itself. Athletes in most NCAA sports already had that freedom before it was granted to those in football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey and baseball.

CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee ranked the conferences and, shocker, the SEC is 1st, 2nd is the Pac 12, 3rd is the Big Ten, 4th is the ACC, and then the Big 12. I am sure we will have no issues with this.

5. Big 12
The phrase “Texas is back” has dominated the offseason lexicon for more than a decade, and it’ll be fascinating to see if the 11th-ranked Longhorns can finally live up to the hype in their last season in the conference before jumping to the SEC. There’s no doubt that they have the offensive firepower. Texas returns nine starters on that side of the ball including quarterback Quinn Ewers and left tackle Kelvin Banks Jr. No. 17 TCU lived on the edge of disaster for the majority of its run to the national title game, but heavy roster attrition raises serious doubts for a repeat performance. The conference also boasts No. 16 Kansas State and No. 20 Oklahoma among other competitive teams. However, the Big 12 is more likely to cannibalize itself than send a team to the CFP in 2023.

A couple of videos, the Saturday scrimmage highlights and mic’d up with Austin McNamara, the sexiest punter in the country Steve.


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