Fans fight weather to rally at Texas Tech - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/31/09

Fans fight weather to rally at Texas Tech

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The freezing rain and winter wind did not keep Red Raider fans away from Memorial Circle Thursday. A grassroots rally organized through Facebook brought nearly 60 fans out with homemade signs.

Supporters chanted "Lubbock loves Leach," as the freezing rain hit their faces. Grieving fans fought Mother Nature's elements to let fired Coach Mike Leach know they supported him.

"It goes right along with the mood. It's a gray day," says disappointed fan Sydney Silpio.

"With the weather and such short notice all the people here is just awesome," says Organizer Becky Koehler. Fans waved drenched homemade signs. One called for a mutiny and another read ‘December 30, 2009 the day TTU football died.' "I'm out here because I think it's a travesty what has been done not only to Leach but to the school and to the city of Lubbock," says Junior Peyton Awfill.

Some fans made t-shirts in supporting Leach. "We're out here to support the TTU family and let him know he'll be missed." Supporters who did not want to get out of their cars made laps around Memorial Circle because of just how cold it was outside. 

The group knows Coach Leach is gone, but say they hope his legacy will live on. "I've got my pirate patch on. I'll be pirate forever," says Awfill.

The group hopes to hold another rally once school starts back.

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