The Entire Championship Chess Team Transferred From Texas Tech to Another College
Texas Tech University is reeling today, after finding out that an ENTIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM and its coach are LEAVING the university and transferring to another college.
Last week, Texas Tech's chess team won its second straight national title. But the seven players haven't been happy with their treatment at Texas Tech. And they were splitting $30,000 in scholarship money.
So in came Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri. They offered Tech's coach big money and a new, 6,000-square-foot training facility. And they offered all seven players full scholarships. Why do you need 6,000 square feet to play chess?
And now, the coach and the entire squad are heading to Webster. St. Louis is the home of the World Chess Hall of Fame, and the coach says, "St. Louis is the center of chess in America. It just seemed like the perfect fit."
When student-athletes transfer colleges, they have to sit out a year. But for some reason, chess players don't count as student-athletes. So they can compete for Webster immediately.