City Bank to pay fine after Texas Tech fans stormed field
The Big 12 announced a $50,000 fine for Texas Tech on Monday after Red Raiders fans stormed the field on Saturday following the team’s big 37-34 overtime victory over the No. 22-ranked Texas Longhorns.
But it won’t be Texas Tech paying that fine. City Bank, one of the school’s sponsors, will be taking care of the bill. The program has also said it received several questions about donations toward the fine.
“We are grateful for City Bank and their long-term support of Texas Tech Athletics,” director of athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “We have passionate fans including our great partners at City Bank and their president Cory Newsom.”
Newsom, the president of City Bank, also made a statement in the press release.
“We support Texas Tech in their effort to provide a safe and enjoyable gameday environment for everyone involved,” he said. “We also recognize the level of excitement a victory over a long-time rival can have on the Texas Tech student body and fan base. We know that Kirby and the athletic department staff have a strong plan in place and will make any necessary adjustments to keep Jones Stadium a safe, but challenging place for our opponents to play. At the end of the day, we are proud of Texas Tech and proud supporters of our community.”
Texas Tech will look to continue to stay on the right side of the win column as the Red Raiders face the No. 25-ranked Kansas State Wildcats on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. CT in Manhattan, Kansas.