Kirby Hocutt: No new talks regarding future of Tech-Baylor football series

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said he hasn’t discussed the future game locations of the Tech-Baylor series with new Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades, who was hired in mid-July. Last week’s game at AT&T Stadium, a 54-35 Tech victory, was game two of a four-year contract for Red Raiders-Bears games in Arlington.

“He commented Friday that, what a unique and positive atmosphere that game was,” Hocutt said Sunday, “so that was his first time (to experience it). He and I haven’t talked about future years.”

The last eight Tech-Baylor games have taken place in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. All the meetings have been at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium except the 2010 game at the Cotton Bowl.

Earlier this fall, Hocutt said, “From our perspective, consistent with what I’ve said, if it’s Texas Tech’s home game the Saturday after Thanksgiving, then we like it (in the Metroplex). It makes sense. Our team likes playing there. It’s a good location for us.

“If that game were to ever move off of the Saturday after Thanksgiving, then I would seriously rethink it.”

Announced attendance for Friday’s game was 41,656. That was a series low since the contest moved to a neutral site, but both teams were struggling more than usual with Baylor entering the game on a four-game losing streak and Tech in a 1-6 stretch going in.

“That has an impact,” Hocutt said. “I was very pleased with the turnout of Red Raiders fans and the atmosphere they created there, but I do think the attendance is directly affected by the success of the teams.”

 

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Poor Attendance

Yes, that's what happens when you are 4-7 and not playing for anything ie nothing on the line except pride. Everyone else loses interest. It doesn't sell tickets.

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