Iconic Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes died on Monday at the age of 79. Dykes coached high school football at Belton, Big Spring and Alice before being an assistant at the university of Texas in the 1970s. After several more stops, Dykes found a home in Lubbock, first as the defensive coordinator in 1984 and eventually as the head coach from 1986-1999.
Some of the most prominent names in football reacted to the news:
— Mack Brown (@CoachMackBrown) April 10, 2017
Class act Coach Herman. 💯 https://t.co/BmlDC6pqqu
— coachgar (@jgarfield99) April 10, 2017
One of the all-time greats. Great coach and better man!
Prayers for the Dykes family.. https://t.co/Y2KTfIM2qK
— Oscar Giles (@OscarGiles95) April 10, 2017
Other coaches outside of the Longhorn family also paid respects
Sad to hear the news on Spike Dykes – great coach, mentor, and person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family & the Tech community
— Bob Stoops (@CoachBobStoops) April 10, 2017
— Texas Tech Red Raiders (@TechAthletics) April 10, 2017
Favorite Spike Dykes quote: "They say you lose 10 percent of your fan base every year. And I've been here 11 years, so you do the math."
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) April 10, 2017
Six days after 9/11/01, Spike Dykes spoke at the SA Quarterback Club. It was the first time many had laughed in a while. And he said this: pic.twitter.com/o3FKCzodoK
— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) April 10, 2017
Coach Spike Dykes was an unbelievable person and a even better football coach. Praying for Coach Sonny Dykes and his family today.
— Davis Webb (@Davis_Webb5) April 10, 2017
One of the best personalities to ever walk a sideline has passed. RIP, Coach Dykes. https://t.co/7I4Eo5DUZc
— Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) April 10, 2017
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