Texas Tech football legend Coach Spike Dykes remembered

Texas Tech football legend Coach Spike Dykes remembered

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"He was a simple guy, a humble guy with a heart as big as West Texas," Texas Tech football alum, Bart Reagor said. 

There is no one who fits that description better than long time Texas Tech head coach, Spike Dykes.

"He didn't act like he was something special because he was the head football coach at Texas Tech University. He would always tell us and I think he lived by this, he would always tell us, we would go play the University of Texas and he'd say, 'men they put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you do,' so I think he felt that same way about himself,"  Texas Tech football alum, Ben Kirkpatrick said. 
    
A man who gave all of himself to the University and to the community 
     
"One of the main things that I always admired about Spike, that I strive to be more like, Spike was never worried about himself, he was always more worried about everyone else," Reagor said. 

Coach Dykes knew there was something special about West Texas athletes and drove the counties to find them.

"When he'd be driving recruiting, he would out on West Texas roads there wasn't a lot of traffic so he would have a crossword puzzle he'd be working that along as he drivin'," Former Texas Tech assistant coach, Carlos Mainord said.  

"A lot of schools didn't give chances to small town kids back then and we had Ben Kirkpatrick, Tracy Saul, Zach (Thomas) and I, Jody Brown, a lot of small town guys that made it were successful," Texas Tech football alum, Bart Thomas said. 

"It took a lot of guts for him to have the courage to let a guy my size play in D1 college football, but he saw something in me. He saw that he fierceness and intensity in me and he liked that," Reagor said. 

"Their motto was to win West Texas, so they would go find a little boy from Post or guys from Idalou, Pampa or whatever," Kirkpatrick said. 

Even though Dykes retired as the winning-est coach in Red Raider history, that's not what his players remember him for. 

"I lost my Mom a couple years ago, and I put it right up there with losing a parent because four or five years of your life, he was your Dad. He took care of a bunch of kids, brought them in to a different part of their life. Going from high school into college, becoming a man, he was a second father to everybody," Texas Tech alum Steve Carr said. 

"I think of a great man, a man that truly cared about West Texas, Lubbock, his players, his other coaches, he really embraced the City of Lubbock and he was West Texas, he was," Kirkpatrick said. 
     
His former players are not the only ones with the fond memories, another Texas Tech icon couldn't help but smile looking back.

"When he was coaching, and James Dickey was our men's basketball coach, and Larry Hays was our baseball coach, we felt we really got to coach at a really special time in Lubbock and at Texas Tech because we all went through a period of time when we were special, and it was a really great time," Former Texas Tech women's basketball coach, Marsha Sharp said. 
     
He challenged all to go tut and do good, a challenge for those who knew him as a coach, second father, friend and colleague hope live out.

"I don't know that any one thing, I think it'll just be a legacy that he was a great man, he was a great coach, he was a great father, and just an overall great person that it will be hard to replace in West Texas," Mainord said.

"If Spike could choose something today he wanted to be remembered for, I think it would be all those folks who's lives he's touched.  He was about always trying to do something positive for other people and put them in a position to be successful, and I think he accomplished that," Sharp said. 

Dykes was much more than his wins and loses, he was a pillar in the community, who can never be replaced.

"The family, the Texas Tech family, you never leave that family and it's been a long time since I was a member of I'll always be a member of it. I feel like because it is a very unique place, Tech is very unique," Coach Spike Dykes said in a 2013 interview.
 

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