With Veterans Day approaching, a large number of schools are doing something to mark the occasion. For 99.9 percent of them, that means a token effort of changing its regular helmet decal to a stars-and-stripes model, or maybe even throwing out a new (albeit controversial) uniform. Texas Tech will have new uniforms of its own, but Saturday's game with Kansas State goes way beyond that for the Red Raiders.
On Saturday, Jones AT&T Stadium will play host to the largest gathering ever of Purple Heart recipients ever on American soil. Think about that. In the long and storied history of the United States military, the largest collection of Purple Heart honorees will be brought together around a Texas Tech football game.
One of those honorees will be Kliff Kingsbury's father, Tim, who earned a Purple Heart as a Marine in Vietnam. Hear Kliff - and Texas Tech basketball coach Tubby Smith, whose own father fought in the 92nd Infantry in World War II - speak in their own words about what their fathers, and Saturday's game, mean to them.