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The Morning Stake | 2020.05.04

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So, if you’d like to contribute, here is my PayPal link if you’d like to do that. And I realize I’m doing this at the worst possible time, but that’s okay. If you can. That’s great. If you can’t, that’s cool too.

Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams opines about the transfer waiver and the name, image, and likeness legislation. Don, like a lot of people are tired of the NCAA shenanigans regarding the transfer waiver and I’m in agreement with him, either make a one-time transfer available for everyone (so long as your grades are in order) or make everyone sit out a year. Don’t make it optional. One or the other. People have gotten upset at the NCAA because they’ll bend the rules, but if the rule was the rule, then I’d be all for that.

And as far as the NIL, believe it or not, Don is fine with the idea:

Texas Tech fans seem to be squarely against athletes making something off their name, image and likeness, in part based on the belief that all the best recruits will go to Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma. As opposed to the way it is now, where all the best recruits go to Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Truth is, allowing players to profit from their name, image or likeness is more likely to help Tech than to hurt, if it makes a difference at all. Kirby Hocutt is for the measure, and it’s hard to conceive the Tech AD being in favor of a rule that would put his teams at a competitive disadvantage.

Rivals’ Dan McDonald thought that Marcus Santos-Silva’s transfer this week was, well, the transfer of the week:

Santos-Silva was one of the top remaining post players in the transfer portal. He’s an absolutely beast on the boards, coming off a season averaging 8.9 rebounds per game, but he’s also a career 57.3% on field goals in his career.

The 6-foot-7 big man with a 7-foot-1 wingspan is the perfect addition for a Texas Tech program looking to replace T.J. Holyfield’s production.

On Friday, the NCAA released a handful fo “core principals” that would need to take place before college sports can continue. I’ll tell you that it’s a lot of stuff and I’m still unsure how this will all play out in the long run.

The Texas Tech baseball Twitter account honored the seniors over the weekend, Brian Klien, John McMillon, and Connor Queen. I would also tell you that Dinger Derby (your only podcast for Texas Tech baseball) has a bunch of content as well on the twitter.

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