LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech football fans watched eagerly Sunday as the man who will lead their team next season spoke about his plans for the Red Raiders. "I'm telling Texas Tech fans right now that we're going to be exciting. We're going to be fun to watch, but it's going to be your team. I think you're going to be very proud of what we put on the field," said new head coach, Tommy Tuberville.
Tuberville has the challenge of reuniting fans after the controversial firing of former coach, Mike Leach. "I'm here to take the challenge on. We're going to go forward. We're going to be successful," said Tuberville.
After watching his press conference, many Tech fans said they were sad for Leach and Ruffin McNeill, who also wanted the head coaching job, but thought Red Raider Nation could rally behind Tuberville. "He has a really good reputation, so I think he'll do good for our team. I'm sad that Leach is gone, but at the same time, it's not the end of the world," said Taylor Williams.
"I really think it's a good move for the administration. He's a big name coach," said Cameron Golden.
"I think a lot of people liked Mike Leach here on campus. It's kind of going to be a hard shift, but Tommy Tuberville did pretty well at Auburn, so I think that's pretty good," said Lindsay Kuvhezky.
Some of the most outspoken fans, the facebook group who call themselves "Team Leach", say they do support the new coach, despite their disappointment in Leach's departure. "He had a lot of positive things to say. I've been reading up on him. He's been studying the spread for the past year. That's good. We want to keep our air raid going. It's time for Team Leach to get behind the coach," said Team Leach spokesman, Blaze Butler.
However, the group still plans to hold a rally on Thursday at 1 p.m. asking the administration to answer questions about the firing. "Why was Mike Leach not given due process, and why were the Board of Regents and the administration sending negative e-mails about Leach," asked Butler.
Tuberville has garnered some of his own online support. A new group called Team Tuberville recently popped up on facebook, but the real test for Tuberville will come in the fall when the Red Raiders take the field.
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