The college football family mourns the passing of Texas Tech coaching legend Spike Dykes. The university’s athletic department acknowledged his death via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
Dykes is best known for his work as Red Raiders coach from 1986 to 1999. He also spent one season as an assistant coach in the SEC, with Mississippi State in 1979. Spike was the father of former Louisiana Tech and Cal coach Sonny Dykes.
LubbockOnline.com’s Don Williams reports the cause of death was an apparent heart attack. Dykes was 79, according to the report.
Dykes retired with the most wins of any Texas Tech coach and a 87-67-1 record.
Arkansas fans might remember Dykes as a three-time Southwest Conference coach of the year, and Texas A&M fans might recall Dykes was Big 12 coach of the year in 1996 after the Red Raiders moved to that conference.
Before Texas Tech became known for its pass-happy Air Raid offense, Dykes produced Doak Walker Award-winning running backs Bam Morris and Byron Hanspard.