Yesterday afternoon, Texas Tech announced that Corky Oglesby passed away after his battle with cancer. Oglesby was 81 and was a part of Texas Tech’s program for over 40 years, from assistant men’s basketball coach to head men’s track and field coach for 20 years. Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt
“Corky Oglesby is a legend,” Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “He in so many ways demonstrated what being a Red Raider is all about. It’s a special legacy that Corky has left behind – one we will always remember and always be with this athletics department and in this community. He was a cherished individual that will be deeply, deeply missed by all of us.”
Oglesby was also a part of the Red Raider Club for a number of years, right up until his passing. Oglesby’s last public appearance was being part of the starting lineup for the South Alabama.
— Chris Beard (@CoachBeardTTU) November 20, 2017
He looks so tired, but I’m guessing there was never a time that he didn’t want to be associated with Texas Tech. Oglesby held a party for himself in August, he stated that he didn’t want a funeral when he passed away, he wanted to celebrate with his friends while he was living.
His friend, Wes Kittley:
“We lost a treasure today,” Kittley said following Oglesby’s passing. “He was a blessing for me to have him in my life. I can’t tell you what he’s meant to me over the years. I’ll definitely miss him. He was Mr. Texas Tech to me. He gave his life to Texas Tech and touched hundreds if not thousands of lives along the way. He truly loved Texas Tech and it showed.”
A-J Media’s Don Williams has a terrific eulogy that you should make sure and read.