Texas Tech’s football season opener against Eastern Washington will remain on Sept. 2, the Tech athletic department clarified Tuesday, after announcing earlier in the day the game had been moved to Sept. 3, a Sunday.
Tech said the Big 12 Conference and its television partner FOX Sports requested a date change on Feb. 24 as part of Tech’s third-tier agreement, and that was the basis for the switch. When Tech announced the date change Tuesday, EWU athletic director Bill Chaves posted on Twitter that his department had not agreed to it.
Several hours later, Tech issued a statement saying it was decided to keep the original date after discussions with officials from EWU, FOX Sports and the Big 12.
Eastern Washington will receive a $475,000 buy-in for coming to Lubbock, a Tech spokesman said.
The game will be televised by one of the FOX networks. The kickoff time will be announced later.
Had the game moved to a Sunday, it would have been an evening kickoff, somewhere between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to Tech’s premature announcement.
Texas Tech has an open date after the Eastern Washington game before it hosts Arizona State on Sept. 16. A date change would have left Eastern Washington with a shortened preparation week for North Dakota State, its opponent for a Sept. 9 home opener. North Dakota State had won five national championships in a row and 22 consecutive FCS playoff games before losing in the semifinals last season.