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
After the weekend’s games shook out, idle Texas Tech moved up a spot to No. 1 in the nation in total defense — a far cry from No. 114, where the Red Raiders finished last year. Tech’s yield is 160.3 yards per game, but against Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico.
“We have talked to our players about that,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “It’s good to look and say, ‘Hey, we have improved and we are getting better,’ and we have. But to that extent — being No. 1 — I don’t know whether we are at that point or not, or even close.
Texas Tech did a lot of losing during the 2011 football season, especially in the last two months.
Maybe the Red Raiders can combat that by bringing in a raft of players who knew nothing but winning this year.
Tech picked up oral commitments late Wednesday from three teammates on an undefeated California community college team.
Defensive lineman Lee Adams, outside linebacker Will Smith and wide receiver-return specialist Sadale Foster — sop
Two days before the start of spring practice, Texas Tech on Wednesday announced the departure from the program of six players who had eligibility remaining.
Gone are DE Aundrey Barr, DE Cooper Washington, OLB Dion Chidozie, S Giorgio Durham, S Desmond Martin and S Russell Polk.
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Wednesday he’s not interested in going back to Mississippi, where he went 25-20 as head coach from 1995 to 1998.
On one hand, Texas Tech came just as close to beating Texas as it did a year ago. The Red Raiders lost 34-24 in Austin last year, and on Saturday they suffered a 24-14 loss to the Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium.
On the other hand, this game was much different than the 2009 version. And not necessarily in a good way.
Bront Bird was beside himself as he sat at the podium in the JT King Room on Saturday evening.
Texas Tech had just suffered a 34-17 loss to Oklahoma State - which hadn't won in Lubbock since 1944 - to fall to 3-3 for the first time since 2001. The defeat also made Tech the only team in the Big 12 with three conference losses.
"It hurts to lose, and it sucks to be in this position," Bird, Tech's senior middle linebacker, said after the game. "We've got to figure out something."
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.
Eric Stephens can relate to Texas Tech football fans who are unhappy with the team's 4-4 record and last-place standing in the Big 12 Conference's South Division.
The Red Raiders' sophomore running back is from Mansfield, and his favorite NFL team - the Dallas Cowboys - are in even worse shape at 1-6.
"I know the fans are getting restless," Stephens said during Monday's weekly news conference at Jones AT&T Stadium. "They're not used to losing around here, not the last couple years.