LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you follow updates from NewsChannel 11 Sports Director Pete Christy through Pete's Tweets you were the first to know Texas Tech gave Tommy Tuberville the head coaching job at 1:13 p.m. on Saturday.
It ends a long drawn out process that has been torturous for Red Raider administration, fans and the coaching staff and their families. In the end, Tech opted to go with a proven winner in the SEC in Tuberville over interim head coach Ruffin McNeill, and a little after 8:00 p.m. Saturday night, Tuberville arrived in Lubbock.
Tuberville smiled as he drove by the media, after a year out of coaching, he wanted this job and knows he can continue the Red Raider tradition in the big 12. Tuberville went to the football complex where he met with Leach's staff of coaches and personnel to decide who is staying and who is going.
Sources tell NewsChannel 11 it is a 5 year deal worth between 1.5 to 2 million dollars a year. Tuberville says he will keep the offensive staff, but the defense needs to improve. With Tuberville expected to bring in a defensive coordinator, they may ask Ruffin McNeill to be a position coach.
Tuberville spent the past year working for ESPN, but before that he served as the head coach of the Auburn Tigers for 10 years until 2008. His tenure there included a perfect season in 2004 and a string of teams that contended for SEC Championships. According to his Auburn bio, the 55-year-old coach had an 85-and-40 record at Auburn.
He began his collegiate coaching career in 1980 at Arkansas State University. He's also coached at Perennial College, University of Miami, and Texas A&M. He served as head coach for four years at the University of Mississippi.
In the past he's received such awards as the Associated Press, Paul "Bear" Bryant, FCA, SEC and Walter Camp Coach of the Year.
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