Texas Tech University, formerly known as Texas Technological College, is a public university located in Lubbock, Texas. The university, which is home to more than 37,000 graduate and undergraduate students, was founded in 1923 as Texas Technological College after initially being pitched as a branch of Texas A&M. After state legislation from enator William H. Bledsoe and Representative Alvin Baldwin, the university officially set to open after beating out towns like Plainview and Sweetwater.
The school’s motto is “From here, it’s possible.”
The current school president is Lawrence Schovanec, who leads an academic staff of more than 2,500 along with Chancellor Robert L. Duncan.
Texas Tech University Facts
School Colors: Scarlet and Black
Campus Location: Lubbock, Texas
Mascot: Masked Rider, Raider Red
Tuition: In-state tuition: $6,000, Out of state tuition: $15,792
Attendance / Number of Students: 37,010
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Texas Tech Red Raiders Cheerleaders
Texas Tech has two cheerleading squads which are split into the co-ed cheer and all-girl cheer teams. The program director is Stephanie Rhode, while Bruce Bills and Erin Harold also assist the squads.
From the school’s official website:
Members of both Cheer Squads perform at football games, women’s home volleyball games, and men’s and women’s home basketball games. In addition, cheerleaders travel to all post season football bowl games, Big 12 tournament basketball games, and NCAA/NIT basketball tournament games. The squad also represents Texas Tech at many university and community events throughout the year. The CoEd Squad represents Texas Tech at the NCA Collegiate National Championship each spring.
Cheerleaders receive unique benefits from being on the Texas Tech cheer squad, including tanning and skin care services, eyelash extension services and a tea sponsorship.
Texas Tech Men’s Basketball Team
Nickname: Red Raiders
Head Coach: Chris Beard
School Rank: No. 14 (AP), No. 3 seed (NCAA Tournament)
Betting Line: 50/1
Texas Tech is led by second-year head coach Chris Beard, who has completely changed the energy and trajectory of the Red Raiders men’s basketball program. After finishing just 6-12 in Big 12 play a season ago, the Red Raiders finished the year with a 26-9 record, top 15 ranking and berth in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The Red Raiders also started the year by winning the Hall of Fame Tip Off championship.
Texas Tech entered March Madness as a No. 3 seed in the East Regional, while being ranked as the tournament’s 12th best team. After wins over Stephen F. Austin and Florida in the opening rounds of the Big Dance, the Red Raiders have secured a spot in the Sweet 16 where they will face No. 2 seed Purdue.
Fight Song (Video & Lyrics):
Fight, Raiders, Fight! Fight, Raiders, Fight!
Fight for the school we love so dearly.
You’ll hit ’em high, you’ll hit ’em low.
You’ll push the ball across the goal,
Tech, Fight! Fight!
We’ll praise your name, boost you to fame.
Fight for the Scarlet and Black.
You will hit ’em, you will wreck ’em.
Hit ’em! Wreck ’em, Texas Tech!
And the Victory Bells will ring out!