Mr. Texas Tech, Tommy McVay, Dead at the Age of 76

A Texas Tech legend.

Texas Tech has confirmed that Texas Tech’s director of football operations, Tommy McVay, died at the age of 76. McVay had surgery earlier in the week, but post-surgery he suffered a fall at home and did not recover.

I don’t know how else to write this, but I’ve never met McVay, but I felt like I’ve known him for the better part of my blogging life. McVay was a constant on the sidelines for Spike Dykes, Mike Leach, Tommy Tuberville, Kliff Kingsbury, and Matt Wells. A 24 year run as a person who was involved with and represented Texas Tech.

Known as the silver fox, his sunglasses and white hair were a signature on Texas Tech’s sidelines.

But none of those things talk about what McVay meant to the program and the type of human being he was. There may be no better example of that than this all too short video clip from current wide receivers coach Joel Filani, former Texas Tech safety Jah’Shawn Johnson, and walk-on offensive lineman Colin Yang.

I’m so proud of you buddy.

And from a star of the program to a walk-on, McVay touched you as a player and a human.

Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams eulogized McVay and this was the final quote from McVay from 2017.

“I’ve been very lucky, fortunate and it’s been a good ride. It really has been,” he said in 2017. “I’ve seen some good, and I’ve seen some bad, but I think the good has outweighed the bad. People have been super to me. (Athletic directors) Gerald Myers and Kirby (Hocutt), to keep me on 20 years and four coaches. I’m going to write a book when I finish. I’ve got some good stories to tell.”

I am saddened that McVay never got to write that book. I’d imagine that you could ask every player for their Tommy McVay story and the book would write itself.


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