The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2023.08.30

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It’s football heavy.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams gives Joey McGuire credit for stoking the fires of the Texas Tech and Texas rivalry:

“I definitely think it’s good for college football,” McGuire said Monday when asked about the ribbing. “It’s one of those deals with us, we want to stay on the schedule and keep them on the schedule. We can alternate. I’m ready to get A&M on the schedule. …

Red Raider Sports’ Justin Apodaca recaps the media sessions with defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter and offensive coordinator Zach Kittley:

“Nickel based defense, you know, four down with a little bit more one-high than two-high,” Kittley said. “Coach Bohl is a defensive-minded head coach and seems that they kind of hang their hat on stopping the run first and foremost.”

The Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett has his Big 12 power rankings and Texas Tech is . . . first? Yep, go read the whole thing

Athlon Sports ranks all of the FBS head coaches and McGuire checks in at #62:

The jump from successful high school coach to college assistant to running a FBS program hasn’t proven too big for McGuire at all. The Texas native guided the Red Raiders to an 8-5 mark last fall and posted a winning record (5-4) in Big 12 play for the first time since ’09. Additionally, Texas Tech beat both Oklahoma and Texas in the same season for the first time in program history. McGuire went 141-42 as the head coach at Cedar Hill High School 2003-16, while his stint on Baylor’s staff from 2017-21 provided valuable insight into how to build a program in the Big 12.

The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman ($) has his top 30 assistants and Zach Kittley is at No. 9:

The Red Raiders improved from No. 50 in scoring to No. 27 last year and should take another step forward as Kliff Kingsbury’s old student intern and former GA turns Tyler Shough loose on the Big 12. The core of Kittley’s system is Air Raid stuff, but he has a lot of cool wrinkles to what he does with different motions, getting into 12 personnel and having a true vertical passing game. Kittley helped WKU improve from No. 114 in scoring to No. 2 in 2021 as his protege Bailey Zappe transferred up from FCS Houston Baptist to the Hilltoppers.


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