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Tuberville to name coordinator positions Tuesday

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Red Raider's new head coach Tommy Tuberville planned to have both his offensive and defensive coordinators in place by Monday night, but we now hear they will be announced Tuesday, and the current staff will then have to re-interview for jobs.

Tuberville is interviewing Neal Brown for the offensive coordinator job. He's currently at Troy in Alabama. Brown had the Trojans averaging over 485 yards a game. He's also the youngest offensive coordinator at 29-years-old. 

A possible sticking point he succeeded Tony Franklin at Troy as Franklin left to go to Auburn where Tuberville didn't like his innovative offense. Franklin was eventually fired and Tuberville moved to a running offense. 

With Tuberville also looking for a defensive coordinator, unless he moves back to a position coach, Ruffin McNeill will be gone after 10 years with the team. James Willis is the leading candidate for Defensive Coordinator. He was instrumental with the linebackers at Alabama as they won the National Championship and he's worked with Tuberville twice at Auburn, most recently 2006-2008.

Once the coordinators are hired they will determine who from Leach's former staff will stay on at Texas Tech. We're told the strength and conditioning staff led by Bennie Wylie are safe. We'll keep you up to date as positions are announced.

So just who is Tommy Tuberville? The 55-year-old grew up in Harmony Grove,  Arkansas and we now give you an inside look at how he grew up and came to be a coach - the new coach of the Red Raiders. Click on the streaming video icon to watch the story courtesy of our sister station WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama.

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