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Sunday Big 12 morning rush: Headlines from around the conference

Each morning Longhorns Wire will share the top stories from around the Big 12 Conference. For this edition of the Big 12 Morning Rush Texas Tech, Kansas State and Texas Christian provide the headlines.

Texas Tech

The Red Raiders had a big commitment on Saturday from former LSU Tigers’ defensive back Eric Monroe. He entered the transfer portal and decided to finish his playing career in Lubbock. The former North Shore product was ranked the number three safety in the country according to 247Sports Composite rankings.

I’ve been in contact with the whole staff at Texas Tech. Just getting the right fit was very important, getting to know the coaches and what they’re about. It was a pretty good process. –Monroe to RedRaiderSports.com

Monroe will likely be a key contributor on the defensive side of the ball as the Red Raiders look to rebuild their program.

Kansas State

According to Zach Barnett of FootballScoop.com, the Kansas State Wildcats football team have threatened a boycott of the season if a student isn’t expelled.

Kansas State players have promised a boycott of all team activities if the university does not expel a fellow student over an offensive George Floyd tweet.

The tweet in question was sent Thursday by Jaden McNeil, a K-State student who claims on his Twitter bio to be the president and founder of America First Students.

In response, a large number of Kansas State football players — the Wichita Eagle described it as “seemingly every member of the Wildcats active roster” — have vowed to boycott all football activities as long as McNeil remains a K-State student.

Texas Christian

Highly touted backup quarterback Matthew Baldwin gives up football due to injuries according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Baldwin was the backup behind starter Max Duggan. Unfortunately he won’t be able to continue his playing career. No one ever wants to see a player be forced to quit due to not being able to stay healthy.

Baldwin’s mother, Mindy, said it was a difficult decision for the family to make. At the end of the day, though, three knee surgeries and a nagging back injury forced Baldwin to move on from football.

“We thought this break would be the perfect chance to get his back well,” Mindy Baldwin said. “He did PT, various shots, a nerve ablation, but nothing has worked.

“We are all so heartbroken that Matthew won’t be suiting up this year, but we will be cheering those guys on.”

Baldwin and coach Gary Patterson met earlier this month and came to the conclusion.

For TCU, losing Baldwin is a blow to the quarterback depth chart. He was the most highly-touted quarterback on the roster behind starter Max Duggan.

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