Saturday, January 09, 2010

You Can't Spell "Tuberville" Without An "Arrrr"

From ESPN:
Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has been named the next football coach at Texas Tech, the school announced Saturday.

His deal is for five years and in the range of $2 million a year, a source told's Chris Low.

"It's great to be back in the game again," Tuberville told's Ivan Maisel when reached on his cell phone in Auburn, Ala.

Texas Tech made the offer, and Tuberville accepted, a little before 2 p.m., EST.

A news conference was set for Sunday at 3 p.m. ET in Lubbock. Tuberville and his family were to fly in Saturday night.
Having lived in Texas for a couple of years and knowing a few Tech graduates, I think Tuberville will be a good fit out there. Texas Tech had the only fan base that was worth a damn in the old Southwest Conference (i.e., they actually travel to away games, and they get loud more than once or twice a game), and I suspect Tubs' laid-back personality with be something of a relief after ten years of Mike Leach's general weirdness.

I did find this bit from the ESPN article more than a bit ironic, given his history at Auburn:
Tuberville, 55, became a strong candidate when it was determined he would not insist on hiring his own staff, a source told's Maisel. Tuberville also will not cost Tech a contract buyout.

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