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Former Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes Passes Away At Age 79

“If anybody cries at my funeral, get ’em out of there, ” Coach Spike Dykes.

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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.


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