Texas Tech Gets Bailed Out From City Bank After Storming Field
Our family bleeds burnt orange so the conversation around the house after the big game between Texas Tech and UT last weekend was sparse.
The loss of the game for our favorite college team far overshadowed the fact that Texas Tech fans celebrated their win on the field.
Even as a die-hard UT fan, I was not surprised or off put to see Texas Tech fans on the field seconds after the win! I mean that last field goal for the win was incredible and the UT, and Texas Tech rivalry has always been in UT's favor, for decades.
Turns out however that Texas Tech fans went a little too far in celebrating the win and the Big 12 Conference took serious note and a serious fine was slapped on the Texas Tech program.
The fine for not securing the field safely for Texas Tech was issued at $50,000.00
“We have a duty to provide a safe game environment,” offered Big 12 Conference Commissioner, Brett Yormark.
Apparently, it is in the contract!
“The Texas Tech Department of Athletics has a written event management policy that, while well thought out, was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of all visiting team student-athletes, officials, coaches, and staff. There is zero tolerance for any act that compromises the safety of game participants, and it is of utmost importance that home game management provides adequate security measures for our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and spectators.”
Thankfully no serious injuries were reported and City Bank, a longtime partner of Texas Tech Athletics, has agreed to pay the fine.
Let's be honest, City Bank is probably very smitten with the Red Raider win as well.
However, football fans take note. It's awesome to get excited about your team's win. It's also very expensive if you go too far in celebrating. And apparently, too far is "on the field."
Here is just one of the videos of the celebration on Youtube provided by ESPN.
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