Texas Tech asks fans to suspend the use of “Wreck ‘Em”


Out of respect for the victims of the Oklahoma State homecoming parade tragedy, the Texas Tech administration is asking that Texas Tech fans refrain from using the phrase “Wreck ‘Em” when referring to Oklahoma State.

Prior to last week’s game versus Kansas, the Oklahoma State homecoming parade was coming to an end when Acadia Chambers, age 25, drove her car into a group of spectators killing four people (including a two-year-old child) and injuring at least 46 others. Full details of the incident can be found here.

Texas Tech normally uses the hashtag #WreckEm to promote upcoming athletic events on social media. However, the university had decided to suspend that practice for this week. Instead, Texas Tech is asking for fans to use the hashtag #GunsUp.

Prior to the game, Texas Tech plans to honor the victims of the tragedy with a moment of silence and possibly a video tribute.

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While Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are fierce rivals on the field, sometimes life transcends football and this is certainly one of those instances. The staff here at Wreck ‘Em Red (obviously we are not going to change the name of the website for one week) support this initiative and encourage all fans attending the game to be respectful of the Oklahoma State family.

The atmosphere at Jones Stadium has become known as one of the most intimidating in the conference and Texas Tech will need a raucous atmosphere on Saturday afternoon if it is to upset the No. 12 ranked Cowboys.

However, this is a game where the focus of the Texas Tech fan’s cheering (especially those of the student section) should be centered on supporting the Red Raiders and not taunting the Cowboys with in appropriate remarks.

Texas Tech and Oklahoma State will kickoff Saturday at 2:30 pm CST at Jones Stadium. Texas Tech is promoting this game as the annual blackout game and is asking all fans to wear black.

Once again, the staff here at Wreck’ Em Red extend our condolences to everyone impacted by last week’s tragedy in Stillwater. Though the Cowboys are our rivals on the field, they are part of our Big 12 family and we wish them healing and peace as they move forward.

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