SAN ANTONIO, TX (KCBD) - For the first time in ten years, fans were cheering on the Red Raiders without Mike Leach on the sidelines and for a lot of people the game was bitter sweet. "It wasn't the same, it wasn't the same," said one fan.
Red Raider fans packed the Alamodome in San Antonio, showing their support to the team. While the majority wished Mike Leach was the one to lead them to a "W", some fans say it makes no difference. "Mike who? Mike who? We won, it doesn't matter," said one fan at the game.
Clever signs waved high, some taunting Adam James, the tech player in the center of the Mike Leach controversy, others targeted Tech administration and ESPN, while some were just in support of their favorite pirate. "I think the Raiders are sad about it, but they toughened it up and won the game," said a Tech fan.
Interim head coach Ruffin McNeill lead the Raiders to a victory on Saturday, now some fans hope he will fill that position for good. "I think he should be the next coach, but I don't think they will hire him because he is too close to Leach and Myers won't do it," said a Tech fan.
"I think Ruffin did a great job, I hope he sticks around, I'm looking forward to what our school could do," said another fan.
"I would love to see Ruff take over, as long as we get a good defensive coordinator and good offensive coordinator, I think Ruff could do a great job," said one fan after the game.
But whoever will be named the new head coach, this is sure to be a Texas Tech football season that will be hard to forget. "We've got to go to next season, we've got to have administration that can hire a good coach and get the program back on track," said a Red Raider fan after the game.
In a crowd of more than 64,000 people, 80% were wearing red and black.
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