Flying Baloney Illustration by Bill DeOre
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The comments denoted in a blue font below are authored by Mark McDonald . Mark is a Midland Lee Rebel, UTEP scholarship football player, sports writer, and author of many books. He is currently working on a book about the Longhorns that he hopes to publish prior to the 50 anniversary of the 1969 Longhorn National Championship season. Stay tuned on this site for more information on this book.
His son Turk was recruited by Spike Dykes at Texas Tech, and Turks visit to Lubbock speaks volumes about Coach Dykes great character. But first Mark McDonald tells a great story about how Coach Dykes at 21 years of age learned how to dodge flying baloney.
Early on, Dykes was coaching high school basketball in the smallish ranching community of Eastland, in the cedar bushes between Fort Worth and Abilene.
His team was going home on the team bus one night after a dismal defeat when players started grab-assing in the aisles and hee-hawing in a manner Dykes deemed inappropriate. Worse, the kids used their sack lunches to start a food fight.