Dr. Schovanec Talks Lime Scooters, Vet School, and New Head Coach
Tuesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, the President of Texas Tech Dr. Lawrence Schovanec joined Dave and Matt to talk about Lime Scooters, the veterinary school, Tech's new head coach, and more.
Dr. Schovanec started the discussion by talking about the situation with the Lime Scooters. He first pointed out that there are plenty of schools that currently do not allow scooters and are in the process of deciding how to manage them. Schovanec then explained that last Spring, Tech surveyed students to find out what they wanted as far as shared mobility services go, and that they then issued a request for proposals to any company with an idea. Lime responded to Tech while Bird did not, and because of this, as well as the additional bonus of Lime putting down a lot of money into improving the technology in their scooters to help make them more safe, Tech went with Lime. Dr. Schovanec assured that they are not infringing on the free market and competitiveness, but that Lime was the only company that approached Tech. Finally, he explained that Tech currently does not make any money from the Lime scooters, but that once they start having the shared bikes on campus, that Tech will receive 20% of those profits.
The Tech President also talked about Texas Tech firing former football coach Kliff Kingsbury and hiring new Head Coach Matt Wells. "I feel really good about the man that was identified by Kirby Hocutt," Schovanec explained, going on to say, "At the same time, I think everybody in this community knows how much we cared for and appreciated Coach Kliff Kingsbury." He went on to say that he loved Kliff's attitude towards Tech and that he was a great man, so this change was difficult for them, but that Hocutt really wants Tech to have an elite program. Dr. Schovanec has high hopes for the future of their sports programs.