Texas Tech kicked off game day preparations for Homecoming Saturday morning with a parade that proceeded down Broadway and through the TTU campus. Students, parents, future students and fans turned out to get the Red Raiders fired up to take on West Virginia.
"I'm an alumni. so I may be a little bit biased, but it's just fantastic to see it." said associate director of undergraduate admissions and alum Toni Riley.
"The spirit is really like no other university that I've been to or seen. It just stirs all that pride for Texas Tech University and the Red Raiders," she said.
Riley and the undergraduate admissions office had a booth set up along the parade route to allow prospective students to interact with staff and students on game day. She said the feedback they get from parents is very positive.
"Students who are interested in coming to Tech, high school students and their families, are welcome to come out on the lawn today at West Hall. We watched the homecoming parade about an hour ago and Fuddruckers is serving burgers. We're just out here having fun." Riley said.
"Students absolutely love it. We talk to them year round in their high schools and they get to know us really well. When they see us on game day - just hanging out with them - it's an awesome experience," Riley said.
Riley is optimistic that Tech can pull out a victory against West Virginia, but knows it will be tough.
"We're keeping our fingers crossed. Tech definitely has the potential, so we're excited to support them," she said.
Katherine Parker and Brookleyn Parks are sophomores and members of the Pi Phi sorority at Texas Tech. They were proud of their float and one of their members was nominated for homecoming court.
"It was just so much fun, all the floats were so good." Parker said. "Tech is going to play a really good game and it's going to be a lot of fun."
Junior Novella Landau and Senior Lisa Henderson love Homecoming weekend. They love how the student body gets passionate about the game, but what they love the most is how it brings the student body closer together.
"In the stadium, it's a sea of red or a sea of red and black. It's just another way to bring us all together." Novella said.
"I think during the school week we're kind of all separated - some people are in Engineering, I'm over in ESS, but when we're all in the stadium we're all brought together with Red and Black," she said.
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