Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - News that Gerald Myers will retire spread across the Texas Tech campus quickly on the first day back for students.
Some of the students KCBD NewsChannel 11 spoke to say they heard about Myer's announcement in text messages others learned about the announcement after we told them on campus.
Here is what some Tech students had to say.
"He's had some tough stuff to deal with in the last year but he got us a great coach in Tommy Tuberville," said Brett Hartig who believes Myers has done a good job.
"He got us a new coach and wanted to make sure we were happy because after Leach left we were not in the greatest of moods," said Roshon Sharma who was surprised to hear about Myers announcement.
"He got everyone's confidence back. Whoever comes in new I hope he'll bring thunder because we've got a lot of spirit," said Ben Cobb.
"I don't think he should retire. I think he should stay," said Colby Denbow.
"He's done a lot. The athletics are amazing. The buildings and the structures are great and he's just done a great job with the athletic department," said Nathan Ware who follows Tech athletics closely.
"It will be exciting to see what is new with the athletic department," said Taylor Thomas.
"He hired Bobby Knight. He hired Mike Leach. He really put Tech on the map. It's interesting he is retiring now after the previous events of last year and that he is choosing to retire after the season," said Jennifer Burns.
"It's a bummer to lose a good athletic director, but I know there was a lot of controversy with Mike Leach," said Andrew Nelson.
"I think we need a fresh start. We have a new coach why not a new head of the athletic department," said Andrew Fabry.
Some students we stopped on campus did not know that Gerald Myers was the athletic director.
Statement from Texas Tech University President Guy Bailey on Gerald Myers' Retirement Announcement
"Gerald Myers' career has spanned portions of seven decades and we are proud to reflect and celebrate the accomplishments of an individual that gave his heart and soul to his alma mater. He served Texas Tech with dignity and has always placed the university ahead of himself as a player, coach and administrator. Gerald brought the athletic program through a tenuous period in the late 1990s, inheriting a program that was in the midst of NCAA sanctions, while at the same time moving the department forward during the early years of the Big 12 Conference.
"The timing of Gerald's retirement as athletic director is the culmination of a career that has overseen a budget growth from $12 million in his first year to over $50 million this year. Athletics during his tenure has experienced nearly $250 million in facilities construction and renovations, including the soon-to-be-completed east side addition to Jones AT&T Stadium, which has become one of the finest facilities in college football.
"Throughout his storied career, Gerald has been a gentleman. He is well respected by his peers throughout the Big 12 Conference and across the country, and has represented Texas Tech well. We wish him and Carol the best in the future, and they will always be a part of the Texas Tech family. They both can be proud of years of service to the university that is unparalleled."
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