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Former Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes Has Reportedly Passed Away

Former Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes has reportedly passed away.

Spike Dykes, who was the head coach at Texas Tech from 1986-1999, reportedly passed away on Monday morning. According to Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Dykes' death is "believed" to be from a heart attack.

Dykes was 79 years old. He reportedly died in Lubbock. Upon hearing the news, the school posted a tribute in his honor on Twitter.

In Dykes' 13 seasons in Lubbock, the Red Raiders posted a 82-67-1 record with seven bowl appearances. Two of his teams finished the season ranked in the top 25. He retired after the 1999 season.

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

"I'm flattered, to say the least," Dykes said in reaction to joining the Hall of Fame. "When you get into any Hall of Fame or any kind of honor when you're a coach, there's a lot of people responsible that's not by you. This is a shared honor with a lot of people. First, you gotta give a lot of credit to your family because I sure was down a lot."

It's clear he'll be missed in the Lubbock community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dykes' family and friends.