The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.09.11

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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If you want to read more on the resignation of Robert Duncan, The Texas Tribune’s Shannon Najmabadi has more on the fallout of the resignation of Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan:

But records reviewed by The Texas Tribune and interviews with multiple people close to Tech leadership or state government reveal that tension had simmered between Duncan and a segment of his board for more than a year. Like so many matters in higher education, the disputes that led to Duncan’s departure revolved around two things: money and politics. The money needed to open a veterinary medicine school in Amarillo, a top Duncan priority. The capital required to back other system initiatives, like a proposed dental school in El Paso. And the money added to the Tech System’s administrative budget, which grew during Duncan’s tenure.

There’s mention of a $10 million gift that was withdrawn and Jay Leeson tweeted an email from former mayor of Amarillo Jerry Hodge, who confirmed the withdraw of his $10 million gift. There’s so much here that goes above my head and I’m not paying as close attention as I should, but you could probably spend days reading about this stuff and connecting all of the dots.

Texas Tech Baseball

This is pretty big news as Arkansas transfer Bryce Bonnin will be eligible in the spring. Word is that he wants to start and that maybe wouldn’t have happened at Arkansas.

Texas Tech Basketball

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ThreeManWeave a nice college basketball blog has a preview of the Big 12 and they’ve picked Texas Tech 7th in the conference. Before you dismiss them, take a look and read, it’s well thought out and not hot-takey:

Bottom Line: After leading Texas Tech to the best season in school history (am I wrong Tech fans?), Chris Beard has bought himself a surplus of equity with the Red Raider fan base… but there’s too much talent walking out the door to realistically think the Red Raiders can live up to last season’s standards.

That said, the basketball nerds who follow the Summit League and JUCO landscape know that Matt Mooney and DeShawn Corprew are legit and should become recognizable names by the time Big-12 play begins. The frontcourt is the one main area of concern, but the vast depth in the backcourt should help sustain a stout first line of defense on the perimeter and keep Texas Tech among the Big-12’s top ranked defensive units.

Texas Tech Football

Your Oklahoma State game in Stillwater is at 6:00 p.m. so you can drink all day to get ready for this one.

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about how Texas Tech is readying for the explosive Houston Cougar team and head coach Kliff Kingsbury discussed the team in yesterday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference:

“I thought we protected the ball well in the first half,” Kingsbury said. “I thought the guys that carried it and Alan were smart with the football. Alan made some good decisions, we avoided negative plays for the most part — outside of the some penalties. And, defensively, if you keep them out of the end zone you’re doing your job at the highest level. Those two things, you’ve got to at least think that you did somewhat well.”

Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo has his power rankings for the week and have the Red Raiders at 8th overall . . . ESPN has updated their bowl projections and they predict Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M matchup at NRG . . .


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