By Joe Gulick
Uncle Upright’s line about the bear rug and supply of pork referred to Texas Tech victories over Arkansas and Baylor the previous two Saturdays in this Dirk West cartoon from Nov. 19, 1991.
But Tech’s season record was a meager 5-5 in Spike Dykes’ fifth season as Tech coach. Dirk’s custom of drawing a bullet hole in the Red Raider’s hat for each Tech loss set up the outhouse remark. Tech ended up 6-5 for the season.
The scared child clinging to the Texas Longhorn was University of Texas coach David McWilliams — whom Dirk nicknamed McNuthin.’
McWilliams was hired as the Texas Tech coach in 1986 and took the Red Raiders to a 7-4 record and their first bowl game since 1977. However, he offended many Tech fans by jumping ship and going to UT. The Longhorn was correct — McWilliams coaching career was almost over.
He soon stepped down as Texas head coach — after five years and an undistinguished 31-26 record.
The Aggie referred to coach R.C. Slocum and the upcoming Cotton Bowl against Florida State. Dirk’s Aggie joke was based on the mascot of Florida State — the Seminoles.
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