Texas Tech University is a public, coeducational, research university in Lubbock, Texas. Established on February 10, 1923, and originally known as Texas Technological College, it is the largest institution of higher learning in the western two-thirds of the state. It is also the leading university of the Texas Tech University System, which includes Texas Tech University Health Science Center and Angelo State University. It is the only school in Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school at the same location.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders football program is a college football team that represents Texas Tech University (variously "Tech" or "TTU"). The team is currently a member of the Big 12 Conference, which is a Division I Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The program began in 1925 and has an overall winning record. The program has a total of eleven conference titles. The team is currently coached by Mike Leach and home games are played at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
Richard Douglas "Rick" Husband (July 12, 1957 – February 1, 2003), a Texas Tech University alumnus, was an astronaut and the space shuttle commander of STS-107 (Columbia) who was killed when the craft disintegrated after reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. Husband is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.