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Monday Morning Matador 5.8.17

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this week’s headlines

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs-Rookie Minicamp Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, and welcome to another edition of the Monday Morning Matador. We’ve got updates on Mahomes, various happenings around the Big 12, and good news on the women’s tennis and golf fronts. Enjoy!

Why trading up to grab Patrick Mahomes was easy call for Chiefs

“It’s not a decision that I take lightly," Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said. “But all things considered, it was not a hard decision. The chance to get a quarterback who can be a franchise quarterback for the Chiefs in the future made it a pretty easy decision."

Vegas picks Texas Tech to finish No. 9 in the Big 12 in 2017

The road to the Big 12 conference title has run through Norman for the better part of a decade. Oklahoma has won the Big 12 in seven of the past 10 seasons, which includes four of the past five. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Sooners are listed as +110 favorites to win the conference crown in 2017.

Paul Finebaum: I think Oklahoma wants out of the Big 12 'desperately'

ESPN host, college football hot take-a-thon and SEC apologist Paul Finebaum says he thinks that Oklahoma wants out of the conference "pretty desperately" and that "it doesn't take very much" to get the conference expansion wheels turning again in the NCAA.

Recruiting must improve, else the Big 12 is doomed

We have been asking the wrong question. We've been asking for several years why the Big 12 isn't more successful on the gridiron. Why the Big 12 doesn't fare better in bowl games and non-conference games and College Football Playoff debates. That's backward. We should be asking, how has the Big 12 done so well? How has the Big 12 kept up a semblance of competitiveness – 16-19 in bowl games the last five years – with recruiting like this?

Texas Tech women's tennis program making program history

Even though the regular season is over, Coach Petty's squad has higher aspirations for the rest of the season.

"Hopefully, it looks like we are going to host the first two-rounds of the NCAA tournament here at home. We want to try to get over that next hurdle, we have been in the sweet 16 the last two years. Our run ended there, but we want to make a push to climb that next step of the ladder and get above that," Coach Petty said.

Women’s golf: Lady Raiders earn 17th NCAA Regional appearance

After a long season of competing and traveling to different courses, the Texas Tech women’s golf team earned the No. 9 seed for the NCAA Regional Tournament.The Lady Raiders will host the tournament starting today at The Rawls Course.

Athletes transfer from Tech

The Texas Tech athletic programs had six student athletes transfer from the university since the start of the academic year as they each explored collegiate careers elsewhere. The only programs to have transfers were the Tech football team and the Lady Raider basketball team.