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11/10/08

Texas Tech Still Considering Moving OSU Game To Dallas

The number two ranked Red Raiders are fresh off their Saturday win over the OSU Cowboys. In addition, the team and Tech fans are already looking forward to a showdown in Norman.

The team has a bye week this week, so they have plenty of time to rest up before the November 22 matchup with fifth ranked Oklahoma. The game will kickoff at 7 p.m. and will be nationally televised.

Meanwhile plans are still on the table to move the Oklahoma State game to the Dallas area next year. Visit Lubbock says last weekend's game brought in more than $7 million to the Lubbock economy. That number does not include the money Texas Tech made off the game, which could be the deal breaker when it comes to possibly moving the game to a neutral location.

To the cheers of a sold out crowd at Jones AT&T Stadium, the men in black but another "W" on the score board. In addition, when OSU stepped on the Red Raiders field last weekend Tech made more than a million dollars. But a game like this only happens every other year in Lubbock. "If we played in Dallas we'd probably make $1.5 to $2 million every year so it's really $3 to $4 million verse one quarter. That's pretty easy math," Chancellor Kent Hance said.

"We haven't gotten everything agreed upon at this point. But we're still looking at doing that," Athletics Director Gerald Myers said.  

Originally, there was talk of moving the Texas A&M game to Dallas. But Chancellor Hance says they didn't want to move a big rival game, so now Tech is in discussions with Oklahoma State. "It gives you revenue every year and you have to look at that. Also it gives you exposure in the Metroplex as far as recruiting, recruiting students, and it also gives you contact with your alumni," Hance said.

But not all see the possible game move as good for businesses.  "All these businesses that support Texas Tech all year round and then to want to move a game and hurt the local businesses, I don't want to see that happen," Freebirds World Burrito Dina Harmon said. 

Still if the university does decide to move the game, Junior Bryan Boyd says Raider fans will follow. "If we go to Dallas I think it will be the same way. I think we'll have a bunch of Tech support and they're will be a bunch of red and black," Boyd said.

Chancellor Hance also says if the Oklahoma State game does move it will be replaced with another non-conference home game. "We'll always have at least five but usually six games here in Lubbock," Hance said.

Hance tells us he expects a decision before the first of the year. If the game does move, players will take the field either at the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington or at the Cotton Bowl.

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