March 4, 2011
Written by Ioanna Makris
March 16, 1926 forever shaped Texas Tech as the students of the university adopted the nickname Matadors and the school colors scarlet and black.
The idea first originated from Mrs. Ewing Young Freeland, the football coach's wife. After the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wanted to nickname the university "Dogies", she took matters into her own hands. The recommendation of being known as the Matadors came from the Spanish influence on the Texas Tech campus.
Influenced by the colors of the Matador's long cape, the colors of scarlet and black were adopted into the community.
In 1936, the nickname "Matador" faded out as the "Red Raiders" became popular. However, even with the name change, the colors scarlet and black have endured throughout the years.