Instead of hitting the books this weekend, some college students may be hitting dirt after riding some bucking broncs and bulls. The Texas Tech Rodeo Team hosted an intercollegiate rodeo that is one of the largest in the country and the tradition behind it is even bigger.
For 53 years straight, the Texas Tech Rodeo Team is roping and riding once again into history. "As far as fans and attendance and competitors this is probably the largest in the nation," says coach Chris Guay.
With more than 400 college contestants, the Tech rodeo is more than a winning tradition. "It teaches you discipline. You gotta take care of your horses. I mean you've gotta do everything pretty much yourself, especially when you go to college your parents aren't there to haul you around and feed your horses and water your horses and stuff like that so it teaches you responsibility," says Tech Rodeo Team President, Megan Davis.
"Good work ethics ad dedication. You gotta be dedicated to it to be successful at it," says Tech Rodeo team member, Jody Rowland.
"You have to be very athletic to rodeo. You gotta stay in shape," says Davis.
But these fierce competitors not only have the brawn to compete, but also the brains. "Sometimes I have to make time for studying most time I rope when I should be studying and that's not right but that's what I do," says Rowland.
"We've got some good student athletes good GPA's a lot of Dean's list people and Phi Beta Kappa transfers and we've got some good student athletes," says coach Guay.
And making time for school work pays off. Coach Chris Guay says the rodeo team has more than $400,000 in scholarship money for its team members.
If you missed the Tech Rodeo this weekend, you will have to wait until next year to see it again. They will be back in the spring to bring us more rodeo action then.