LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will honor the memory of legendary head coach Spike Dykes this season with a special helmet sticker that will be on every helmet during all 12 games of the 2017 campaign.
The helmet sticker features an image of Dykes being showered by water following a win and the wording “I Like Spike,” a popular saying among Tech fans during his tenure as head coach from 1986-99. Dykes passed away this past April at the age of 79.
Dykes remains the longest tenured head coach in school history as he went 82-67-1 overall over his 13 seasons leading his hometown school. He led the Red Raiders to six bowl appearances after he took over as head coach just weeks prior to the 1986 Independence Bowl.
During his tenure, the Red Raiders regularly ranked near the top of the Southwest Conference standings as he was a three-time SWC Coach of the Year honoree. He was also the inaugural Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1996 after leading Tech to a 7-5 record and an appearance in the Alamo Bowl.
Dykes was the head coach during several of the most memorable games in school history, namely against rivals Texas and Texas A&M. Dykes’ teams topped the two in-state rivals a total of 12 times during his career, the most wins over those two schools by a head coach to this day.
Dykes announced his retirement shortly after Tech’s 38-28 victory over Oklahoma to conclude the 1999 season. The Red Raiders were quarterbacked that day by head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was making his first career start as just a redshirt freshman.
The helmet sticker will debut this Saturday when the Red Raiders host Eastern Washington in a 3 p.m. kickoff at Jones AT&T Stadium. Tickets are still on sale for as low as $20 through the American National Bank promotion at TexasTech.com.
Ticket packages for all six games this season are still one sale through the online ticket portal at TexasTech.com or by the Tech Ticket Office at 806-742-TECH.