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The Morning Stake | 2020.04.13

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Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton checks in on Texas Tech head football coach Matt Wells, who says that he’s used the time off to connect with his players and that’s a positive:

“That’s one of biggest priorities in this whole thing is to try to continue and deepen our relationship with our players,” Wells said.

In some ways, Wells acknowledges that he, his staff and the Tech players might have bonded more during the current outbreak than they would have had he completed a regular spring practice as scheduled with a spring game April 10 in Lubbock.

“We’re doing some things that we wouldn’t have done if we were in the office,” Wells said. “Instead of sitting around crying about the things we wish we were doing if we were still in the office and on the practice field – which we all wish we were – we’re just going to make the best of it. We’re going to control our response.

“And we’re going to get better at it.”

The article goes on to say that Texas Tech was able to have four practices while other teams did not as well as going into Wells raising money and doing as much as he can to help those in need. This isn’t an easy situation for sure, but I do think that Wells is making the best of it.

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn joined the football team and I really appreciate head coach Matt Wells and whoever else helped put that together. This is right out of the Chris Beard playbook, pulling back former players and letting them be part of this program too. That’s a compliment.

Since the 2021 football class is up to 4 members, I went ahead and created the 2021 football commitment chart. I should also mention that Frank mentioned that there was an error in the 2020 basketball commits chart as I did not have Tyreek Smith having a redshirt year this past year. That’s been corrected.

Avalanche-Journal’s Alexi Cubit writes about Holly Whitfield, who is the mother of walk-on Jett Whitfield (and from New Deal!) who will be going to New York for 8 weeks to help with the coronavirus victims:

Many of the patients Whitfield will encounter are alone in the hospital and can’t get in touch with a loved one for one reason or another. That’s where her Patch-like compassion comes in handy.

She bought a new phone and had a line activated for her potential patients to use in those situations.

“You’ve heard of the ones passing that have the active COVID and they aren’t able to see family. Same scenario with those who aren’t passing and need to be comforted or whatever they need,” she said. “I want them to be able to Facetime or call family or I’ll get notes to them or whatever I need to do. It’s funny because I’ve thought more about that than the nursing part is just being able to comfort whoever I need to or whatever I need to do.”

May the road rise to meet you and the wind be at your back Holly!

Really nice story how a student with an idea sort of started lots of things in motion, from a student with a 3-D printer (shoutout Bryson Seekins) to make face masks, to Under Armour donating headbands, to a student-athlete (Reagan Collins) reaching out to help assemble face masks, to pilots delivering said masks to the smaller hospitals. Lots of people working together.

Here are some tweets.

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