Texas Tech to host student costume challenge this weekend

Texas Tech will host a student costume contest at this weekend’s game against No. 12 Oklahoma State and the six students who present the best getups will each receive a $4,500 scholarship for the spring semester. The athletic department’s official website reported the development.

TTU Chancellor Robert Duncan, university president Duane Nellis and women’s basketball coach Candi Whitaker will be the judges and the contest has three themes: scary, funny and Texas Tech themed, and each theme will have a male and female winner. This writer hopes that at least one student dresses up as Bobby Knight and enters at least the scary and Texas Tech themes.

The winners will be announced at the end of halftime and it’s simply great that Texas Tech is doing this. The stage is perfect since the game is being played at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and the prizes for the winners are ones that can actually be put to good use instead of simple gift certificates and the like.

This is the second time that Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury has issued a costume challenge to students. In 2013, his first year at the helm, he offered $1,000 as a grand prize. This time around, he has certainly upped his game.

Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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