Oh, irony. When Texas Tech replaced Mike Leach with Tommy Tuberville, it did so under the presumption that Tuberville’s defensive credentials would lend greater balance to program defined primarily by its pitch-and-catch offensive system – even if the Red Raiders had played surprisingly stout defense over periods of Leach’s decade-long tenure. Instead, Tech has remained strong offensively, averaging at least 33.1 points per game in each of the last two years, while undergoing a meteoric nosedive on defense. In 2010, the Red Raiders allowed 9.5 more points per game than in Leach’s final season; last fall, the Raiders gave up a program-record 39.3 points per game, including 66 points to both Oklahoma State and Baylor. It’s safe to say that things haven’t gone as planned. Perhaps you’re not surprised to hear that Tuberville is on his third defensive coordinator in three years.
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