Mike Markuson, an offensive line coach under Houston Nutt for nearly two decades, has emerged as a candidate for the Texas Tech staff, the web site CoachingSearch.com reported Tuesday night.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville dismissed offensive line coach Matt Moore last week.
Markuson, 50, was a line coach under Nutt when the latter was head coach at Murray State (1993-96), Boise State (1997), Arkansas (1998-2007) and Mississippi (2008-2011). Markuson also was co-offensive coordinator at Ole Miss.
Texas Tech has scheduled its annual spring football game for March 24, and the beginning of spring practice tentatively is set for Feb. 17, according to an announcement Tuesday from Tech spokesman Blayne Beal.
No other spring dates are confirmed, Beal said.
Two head-coaching jobs for which Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown interviewed last week have been filled.
Massachusetts has chosen Notre Dame offensive coordinator Charley Molnar as its new head coach, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported Wednesday. The report said UMass will introduce Molnar at a news conference Thursday.
UMass, Brown's alma mater and the place he started coaching, is moving to Division I next season to be a member of the Mid-American Conference.
Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown interviewed for the Alabama-Birmingham head-coaching vacancy, the Birmingham News reported Friday, though it appears Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee will be the Blazers' choice.
ESPN.com reported Saturday that McGee had verbally agreed to an offer, and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino issued a statement congratulating McGee on getting the job.
The Birmingham News' report Friday, citing a source close to the search, said at least seven outside candidates including Brown had interviewed for the position, as well as UAB
Hank McClung, a former Lubbock Christian University football player and Texas Tech assistant, on Monday was named the Division II assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.
McClung, who was on Spike Dykes’ staff at Tech from 1990 through 1992, is in his second year as offensive line coach at the University of Central Missouri. The Mules finished the season 8-4 with a loss Saturday to West Texas A&M in the Lower Kanza Bowl. They ranked fifth in the nation in passing offense.
Texas Tech received confirmation Tuesday of what had been feared and expected since Saturday: Junior wide receiver Alex Torres and freshman running back DeAndre Washington both have torn anterior cruciate knee ligaments that will end their season and knock them out for spring practice.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said the estimated recovery period is six months for each.
Running back Eric Stephens is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday for the season-ending knee injury he suffered in the Oct. 8 Texas A&M game. Stephens’ comeback from the knee dislocation could threaten his ability to be ready for next season, but recent developments look more favorable.
“We were told it could run into the season next year with how complicated it is,” Tuberville said. “But he’s responded much better with the rehab before the surgery.
If Cornelius Douglas had any hopes of moving back to inside receiver, he might have messed that up by showing some playmaking skills the last two weeks at cornerback. Douglas returned a fumble for a touchdown against Oklahoma State and a made a career-high seven tackles and a touchdown-saving forced fumble at Missouri.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Douglas is likely to stay on defense in the spring and into next season.
“I thought Cornelius made us a better football team, even though he’s just been over there a short period of time,” Tuberville said.
Texas Tech had nine players recognized on the academic all-Big 12 Conference football team released Thursday.
First-team honors went to junior safety Cody Davis (management information systems major), junior quarterback Seth Doege (masters in interdisciplinary studies), senior offensive lineman David Neill (masters in exercise and sports science), senior tackle Mickey Okafor (human development and family studies) and junior receiver Austin Zouzalik (energy commerce and general business).
Second-team honors went to senior kicker Donnie Carona (masters in business administrati
Texas Tech cornerback Shawn Corker, kick returner Ben McRoy and linebacker Blake Dees aren't on the travel roster Tech posted Thursday for this weekend's game at Missouri.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said at the start of the week that Corker has been dealing with a shoulder injury and miight not play again this year. McRoy has been sick this week, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said.