Saturday’s opening practice will be the only one during fall drills that is open to fans. Tech begins its season Aug. 30 at SMU, with the home opener Sept. 7 against Stephen F. Austin (6 p.m., Lubbock).
In addition, Tech officials announced Friday that Joe Kirk Fulton, the first person to serve as the school’s Masked Rider, died Thursday. Fulton, 81, made his debut as the Masked Rider at the 1954 Gator Bowl, leading the team onto the field while mounted atop his horse “Blackie.” Funeral services for Fulton are scheduled Wednesday in Lubbock (2 p.m., Legacy Center).
_ Jimmy Burch