Kirby Hocutt said Texas Tech’s attempts to get out of a week two open date for the 2017 football season are dead after talks with at least five other programs led to nothing.
“Sometimes when you look to move a game or two, there’s an easier solution out there,” Hocutt said Thursday. “What we were attempting to do with this year’s schedule just proved to be much more complicated. It involved a number of parties. And so it’s not going to change this year.”
Tech will host Eastern Washington on Sept. 2, have an open date and then play 11 weeks in a row. The Red Raiders host Arizona State on Sept. 16 and visit Houston on Sept. 23 before starting Big 12 Conference play the next week.
Kansas State and Tech originally shared a mutual Sept. 9 open date, but K-State didn’t want to start Big 12 play on the road for the sixth year in a row, Hocutt said. Kansas State subsequently moved its game with Charlotte from Sept. 23 to Sept. 9.
Big 12 senior associate commissioner Tim Allen, in an email obtained by A-J Media, discussed in December the possibility of a Tech-Iowa State game on Sept. 16 — originally an open date for the Cyclones that would’ve required moving the Tech-Arizona State game.
Hocutt confirmed he looked into that, too.
“Yeah, we did,” he said. “It wasn’t possible. And Arizona State was not willing to move off of the current date that we have.”
Tech also had discussions with Eastern Washington and Houston about alternatives, but nothing materialized.
Iowa State on Thursday announced the move of its game at Akron from Sept. 23 to Sept. 16.