Tech students show up, Beard to coordinate Whataburger for wedding
Back in August Texas Tech student Rylee Albracht tweeted at Chris Beard asking how many retweets it would take for the coach to officiate the student's wedding in May.
Coach Beard said if the student section was 100% full at the season opener then he would be at the wedding. And would provide Whataburger for everyone there.
The student section was indeed full for Tech's season-opening win over Eastern Illinois. We're told all 4,500 seats were claimed, students were lined up out the door. In fact, some who couldn't get to a student seat were pointed to the ticket office to purchase a seat elsewhere in the arena.
At last week's live fireside chat, they had a little rehearsal of what the wedding could look like.
"We followed them to both New York City and Minneapolis last season when they went to the Final Four and the National Championship game, so we thought 'what would be more Texas Tech than for the two of us to have Coach Beard at our wedding'," Rylee Albracht said.
It all got bigger and bigger as Whataburger got involved as well. The restaurant chain was at Tuesday's game handing out special prizes.
"Ever since they beat Kansas a couple years ago and mentioned going to Whataburger after the game, we've just had an awesome relationship with the Texas Tech Basketball team," Whataburger director of social media Scott Stephens said. "And the coach, and so we look for any opportunities we can to engage with the team and Coach Beard."
Students received special Whataburger table tents with a Double T at the game. It may be a good wedding decoration for the couple. They're getting married in May.
Coach Beard said after the game it looks like he now has a wedding to attend then, thanking the students and all fans for the turnout to unveil the Big 12 Championship and Final Four banners and tip the season.