Longtime Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes has died at 79

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - Former Texas Tech Football Coach Spike Dykes died early Monday of an apparent heart attack, the school reported Monday citing a family friend. 

 Dykes was 79.

Dykes took over the Red Raiders before the Independence Bowl in 1986 and went 82-67-1 over the next 13 seasons.

He led the team to seven bowl games and was named Coach of the Year three times in the Southwest Conference and once in the Big 12. 

He retired as Texas Tech’s winningest football coach but Coach Mike Leach broke his record in 2009.

Dykes was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. 

“A legend in every sense,” the Texas Tech Athletic Department said on Twitter. “#TexasTech mourns the loss of head coach Spike Dykes. #WreckEm”

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