Lots of news this morning in The Morning Stake as the two coordinators, David Gibbs and Eric Morris, were made available to the media. We also wonder if this will be the year of the running back in the Big 12 and Matias Dominguez prepares for his run at the Masters.
Coordinators Available. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs and offensive coordinator Eric Morris were made available to discuss all sorts of things, but I think you’ve probably read all of these comments this past week. I listened and I didn’t hear anything new, but give it a listen for yourself and see if you can pick out anything new.
Year of the Running Back. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon writes that 2015 could be the year of the running back in the Big 12, with so many runners that return that rushed for over 1,000 yards. Chatmon had this to say about DeAndre Washington:
Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington was the only other Big 12 running back to surpass 1,000 yards in 2015, even though the Red Raiders’ 4-8 record cast an impenetrable cloud over his individual brilliance. Washington contributed as a rusher (1,103 rushing yards, 2 TDs) and receiver (30 receptions, 328 yards) and was Tech’s most consistent offensive threat. He could be the most versatile running back in the entire conference while combining cat-like quickness with a willingness to run between the tackles.
I would wholeheartedly agree that Washington is the most versatile runner in the Big 12. I think he’s underrated and overshadowed way too much in this conference.
Bonded By Basketball. Pretty cool here. ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel writes about three sisters who continue to go to the women’s Big 12 Championship since 1997, even after the loss of their sister, Geneva Tuttle in 2007. Wanda O’Neal, “Cookie” Rankin and Juanita Wright are all huge Texas Tech fans and have been since Marsha Sharp was at Wayland Baptist. make sure and check this out.
Dominguez Preparing for the Masters. Via GolfDigest Texas Tech student Matias Dominguez and winner of the Latin America Amateur will play in the Masters this year and is headed home to Chile to begin preparation and he sees how important that means to the junior golfers in his country as he is only the second player ever from Chile to play in the Masters:
“You kind of realize how big this is for other people,” Dominguez said. “You can see all the young players, how they’re excited to go play. You can see young players are seeking the same goals that I had, it’s pretty special.
I’m not a golf guy, but I’m going to cover the heck out of Dominguez’s run at the Masters. This is a huge deal.
Miscellaneous. As a lot of you know, TAMU’s Kyle Field is undergoing renovations. Well, way back in 1985, some donors gave a big chunk of change, $60,000, which gave these donors the right to have the best seats and parking spots in the house at Kyle Field. According to the FWST this family is being told, well, those seats aren’t available any more unless they give more money and as you might imagine, a lawsuit is pending . . .