Sad news is being reported out of Lubbock this afternoon. Former Red Raiders football coach Spike Dykes died Monday morning from an apparent heart attack. Coach Dykes was 79 years old.
Coach Dykes was only ever a head coach at one place, Texas Tech. And he coached the Red Raiders for 13 seasons from 1986 to 1999. Coach Dykes landed the job after coach David McWilliams left the program after just one year. Dykes took over the job for the bowl game, and officially became Tech’s next head coach the following season. He went on to be names Coach of the Year four times: three times in the Southwest Conference and once in the Big 12 conference.
“I’ll always be very appreciative of Texas Tech for giving me a chance,” Dykes said after his career. “I’m an old high school coach and woke up one day and T. Jones was athletic director and Dr. (Lauro) Cavazos was our president. They offered me a job, so I took it. It was a lot of fun, a great ride.”
Coach Dykes’ wife passed away in 2010, but he is survived by two sons (Rick and Sonny Dykes) and a daughter (Bebe Petree). Sonny Dykes was the head coach at Cal from 2013 to 2016, and was hired by TCU in January as an offensive analyst.
It is a tough day for Raider Nation, and there has been an outpouring of support from those fortunate enough to have been around him.
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) April 10, 2017
My one interaction with Spike Dykes could not have been more perfect. Introduced myself & my wife: "Looks like you outkicked your coverage."
— Michael (@LSRR07) April 10, 2017
— Mack Brown (@ESPN_CoachMack) April 10, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Coach Dykes…a great man & coach that touched so many people…he will be missed- pic.twitter.com/ias7Iql5zb
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) April 10, 2017
Favorite Spike Dykes quote: "They say you lose 10 percent of your fan base every year. And I've been here 11 years, so you do the math."
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) April 10, 2017
If you have to talk a kid into coming here, you’ll have to talk that kid into playing hard.
— Staking The Plains (@stakingtheplain) April 10, 2017
Coach Spike Dykes was an unbelievable person and a even better football coach. Praying for Coach Sonny Dykes and his family today.
— Davis Webb (@Davis_Webb7) April 10, 2017
Sad to hear the news on Spike Dykes – great coach, mentor, and person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family & the Tech community
— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) April 10, 2017
Six days after 9/11/01, Spike Dykes spoke at the SA Quarterback Club. It was the first time many had laughed in a while. And he said this: pic.twitter.com/o3FKCzodoK
— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) April 10, 2017
— Coach Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) April 10, 2017