Texas A&M assistant coaches were left in a precarious position when Aggies head coach Mike Sherman was fired in early December. Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville evidently saw it as an opportunity.
Tech hired Jim Turner, Sherman’s offensive line coach all four of his years at A&M, in a move announced Wednesday. Turner, who turns 47 on Jan. 15, will replace Matt Moore, who was dismissed recently after five years coaching Tech’s offensive line.
“Jim (Turner) is an excellent coach and we are fortunate to have him on our staff,” Tuberville said in an announcement Tech released.
“The job he did at Texas A&M is exactly why we wanted him on board. They gave up fewer sacks than anyone in the country, and in this offense the line is critical to your success.”
Whether Tech will have another job opening shortly remains unclear. Reports Tuesday by CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman and the web site FootballScoop.com said Chad Glasgow was out as the Red Raiders’ defensive coordinator. On Wednesday, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal for the second day in a row said Glasgow has not been fired, resigned or informed Tuberville of plans to resign.
A&M (6-6) is preparing to face Northwestern on Dec. 31 in the Meineke Car Car Bowl of Texas, which is played at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Turner has been tapped to call plays in that game.
Though the Aggies had a disappointing season, Turner’s group looked good on paper. The Aggies tied for the national lead in fewest sacks allowed with eight. They also rank seventh in the nation in total offense and 21st in rushing offense.
Upon hiring Turner four years ago, Sherman said, “Jimmy and I share similar philosophies when it comes to the offensive line. When I was at Green Bay, he would come and visit. When I watched tape of his line play, I observed a group of excellent technicians and that comes from coaching.”
According to his biography on the A&M website, Turner was a three-year letterman and a two-year starter at fullback for Boston College in the mid-1980s. He has made college coaching stops at Northeastern (1994-98), Louisiana Tech (1999), Harvard (2000-02), Temple (2003-04), Delaware (2005-06) and Boston College (2007).
Turner has been an offensive line coach continuously since 1999.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer from 1990-94 in Europe, the Middle East and Japan.
Turner started his coaching career with one year at his high school alma mater in Braintree, Mass. In 1989, he was offensive coordinator of the Kent Rams in London.
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