It has not been a good news day for Red Raider Nation. First, men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith bolted for Memphis this morning without even saying goodbye to the team, and now the school has cancelled Saturday’s spring game.
The change of plans is due to inclement weather forecasted for Saturday. KCBD, an NBC affiliate station out of Lubbock, TX, is predicting a 50% chance of rain and that some storms may be severe with strong wind, frequent lightning, and large hail.
Instead, the football team will hold an open practice Friday afternoon at 3:30 pm.
“We want to take full advantage of each of the 15 practices the NCAA allocates during the spring,” Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “Based on the weather projections from the National Weather Service, we feel our best opportunity to close spring practices in ideal conditions is Friday afternoon.”
The school has also cancelled the “Meet Your Seat” event, cancelled the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Sports Performance Center, and has changed the start times for this weekend’s baseball games. So, not exactly the weekend Tech fans were hoping for.
“We do not want many of our loyal fans to drive to Lubbock on Saturday, only for us to cancel several our events as they arrive,” Texas Tech Senior Associate Athletics Director Robert Giovannetti said. “That is why these decisions are being made today. The safety of our fans, coaches and student-athletes is always a priority when we host home events. We have communicated with the National Weather Service throughout this week and their projections do not indicate that our football or track and field programs will be best served by competing on Saturday.”