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Don Williams | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal | August 18, 2014

Texas Tech coach lauded by rodeo champ

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury picked up a noteworthy endorsement over the weekend, this time from pro rodeo's defending world champion tie-down roper Shane Hanchey.

"Kliff Kingsbury might be movin' up to one of my favorite coaches!" Hanchey posted on his Twitter account.

Hanchey said he'd like to meet Kingsbury and maybe trade memorabilia.

Hanchey, 24, has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo each of the past four years, meaning he finished top-15 in regular-season earnings, and is ranked fifth this year. A Louisiana native, he's an LSU, New Orleans Saints and Houston Astros fan.

Hanchey made the Tweet hours after Kingsbury and the Tech football team did the ice bucket challenge, a promotion to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease research.

Kingsbury challenged Tech exes Wes Welker, Manny Ramirez and Louis Vasquez of the Denver Broncos to take part in the challenge -- which they subsequently did -- and invited native Texan entertainer Beyonce to do so, as well.

The Red Raiders gathered behind Kingsbury then doused each other with dozens of ice buckets as members of the Lubbock Fire Department, perched above, showered the team with firehoses.

Tech athletics posted the two-minute video on YouTube and it had nearly 146,000 views in 48 hours.

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