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Tubswatch ’10: Is it down to 2 at Texas Tech?

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Double T 104.3, Lubbock’s sports station, interviewed both interim head coach Ruffin McNeill and Tommy Tuberville today on the show “Tech Talk.” (Click here for the link to the site. The story includes sound files for the radio interviews too.)

A couple of interesting things to glean from the story online:

1) “Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance says McNeill and Tuberville are the only two candidates …”

2) ” … and Athletic Director Gerald Meyers says a decision could come by the end of the week.”

The Dallas Morning News reported this morning that the Texas Tech deal for Baylor’s coach Art Briles fell through at the last minute as Baylor put together a better package to keep him.

Quotes from Tubs’ radio interview:

“There’s been a lot of jobs open this year, a lot of interest in me. I’ve had one job offer … it wasn’t a fit for me and my family.”

“When this job came open, we talked about it as a family, and then I was very aggressive in trying to get an interview and very fortunate obviously because Texas Tech is a great job …”

“I would not be interested in this job if did I not think that you could get to the championship game in the Big 12, have a chance to win the championship game and get to the big show. Because I know Mike Leach left there on … uh … a different note but he did manage to bring an offense to Texas Tech that has made a big impact across the country.”

“When I went to Auburn, you have to get out and rejuvenate the program because there’s a lot of negatives when you go into a program where a coach has been fired.”

“… recruiting is the lifeblood of your program, which I love to do.” [Ed. note: I didn’t hear anyone cough or snicker in the studio.]

“I’ll have a job within 10 months if it’s not this one and it will be somewhere hopefully where we can win a championship.”

“I’ve spent sometime out there [in West Texas] and it’s not, you know, it’s not for everybody.” [Ed. note: Jeremy agrees, I’m sure.]

On the staff currently in place: “I’d evaluate each guy. I might keep ’em all. I might not keep any. You just can’t ever tell because when you do have coaching staff changes the personalities have to gel because the coaching staff is a family with the family. You spend 12 to 15 hours a day together. You have to get along together. [Ed. note: Eat barbeque together.] I believe in that. I’m an easy guy to get along with. I believe in hard work. I believe in ethics, morals … raising young men in a tough part of their life to become a better man, but also do it in a team atmosphere where you can win games. That’s what it all comes down to is trying to get a hundred 18-, 19-, 20-year-olds getting on the same page for 12 to 14 games a year. Now, that’s pretty tough. A lot of people don’t understand that, but that’s a hard job.” [Ed. note: It probably helps to not have forces *cough cough* LOWDER *cough* trying to undermine your work at every turn. Good luck in Texas, coach! War Eagle!]

“Name recognition goes a long way in this business … in recruiting. And there’s probably not too many high school kids who haven’t heard my name. I can sell my background, things I’ve done over the past, the experience, the rings, I’ve got a lot of championship rings, won a lot of games, been to a lot of bowl games, coached a lot of players. You know I recruited Ray Lewis, coached Ray Lewis. I recruited Warren Sapp, coached Warren Sapp. I’ve coached a lot of all-Americans and guys playing in pro football now so it’s name recognition when you go out and recruit players.”

“My wife asked me, ‘You sure you want to do this again? You remember how hard it is to restart a program and that first year you are away from home.’ But I love it. You know, you get in the airplane, you go, you get in the car, you go. The people of Lubbock would see me some if I came that way but I’d be on the road the first two months selling the program to players all over the state of Texas and the surrounding states.”

About J.M. Comer

J.M. graduated from Auburn in 1998 and again in 2000 with bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. He is currently a copy editor in Washington, D.C., and lives in Baltimore, Land of Pleasant Living. If you find yourself in beautiful Baltimore, he recommends Faidley's crab cakes, a stop at Atomic Books, an O's game at Camden Yards and plenty of Natty Boh.

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