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On Thursday afternoon, a memorial service was hosted for former Texas Tech football coach Spike Dykes, who had passed away earlier this week.

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Spike Dykes, head coach of the Texas Tech football team from 1986-1999, was known around campus and around the Lubbock community for his football knowledge and his leadership of the football team. But, fellow faculty members, administrators and friends knew Dykes not only as a coach but also…

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During his years as Texas Tech’s head football coach, Spike Dykes was known for his memorable quotes. Eventually, they came to be known Spike-isms. In his book “Tales from the Texas Tech Sideline,” Dykes said the quotes are words that came to him in the moment and are his own little pieces o…

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Sometimes laying it on too thick detracts people from a point that is trying to be made. It is the perfection of the pitch that gives some people the ability to sell others on to something.

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At the mere mentioning of Spike Dykes’ name, a Gatorade cooler of memories pours from those who knew him. Every word we’ve heard and every sentence we’ve read overflows with love for this treasured coach.