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Tech brings in assistant candidate

Posted: January 3, 2012 - 11:42pm  |  Updated: January 4, 2012 - 1:25am
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Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville’s search for a new defensive coordinator might be starting with one of his old defensive coordinators.

Art Kaufman, the defensive coordinator at Mississippi from 1995 through 2000, was at Tech on Tuesday, a source said. The Red Raiders are looking to fill the spot vacated by Chad Glasgow, who coached the defense this season.

Kaufman has been at North Carolina since 2009. He was promoted to defensive coordinator this year, but the Tar Heels operated all season under interim head coach Everett Withers. UNC hired Larry Fedora as head coach in early December, and on Tuesday the Tar Heels announced Fedora had filled his staff except for a running backs coach.

UNC finished the season 7-6, losing to Missouri 41-24 in the Independence Bowl. The Tar Heels ranked 26th in rushing defense, a category in which Tech ranked No. 120 and last in the nation. They ranked 48th and 56th, respectively, in total defense and scoring defense, allowing averages of 365.2 yards and 24.9 points per game.

In Tuberville’s first head-coaching job — 1995 through 1998 at Ole Miss — Kaufman was his first defensive coordinator. Kaufman remained in the position for the next two years after Tuberville left for Auburn. Since then, he has been defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Arkansas Tech (2001-02), defensive line coach at East Carolina (2003-04), linebackers coach at Middle Tennessee State (2005-07) and defensive line and special teams coach at Southern Mississippi (2008).

During a 30-year coaching career, Kaufman also has been a defensive coordinator at Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech.

He is a native of Dermott, Ark. and was a standout linebacker at Arkansas-Monticello, graduating in 1980.

Elsewhere, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing unidentified sources, reported Tuesday that Glasgow will return to TCU, where he was safeties coach for 10 years before he came to Tech. The report said Glasgow probably will coach safeties again, but his role and title could expand.

 

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Nothing special here

enough said

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Class Go

The Lone Star State is left to pick up the pieces of the ridiculous joke that is Texas Tech football. Chad Glasgow will simply go to TCU and most likely won't fret too much when we visit FW next season. He can teach the safeties to tackle and stuff the new Tech run offense. Sure Tech has the line and rb talent like A&M, sure. Speaking of A&M and dilusion, why anyone thinks K Kingsbury would come to Lubbock until Hance is ousted must have believed the media lies that Leach's former players are not behind him. A&M will at least be fun to watch.

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Today Is The Day

Yessiree. Today is the 733rd day since Hance and His Band of Confirmed Liars cheated us out of our program. I notice Tubs is expanding his Old Folks Home--soaking up a few hundred thousand dollars at a time for his pals by out-winking the pigeons he sacked up at Tech. Of course, Tubs soaks up millions--but it's not his fault: He was sitting around working on his golf handicap collecting "Please Go Away" Auburn money when the pigeons called out of the clear blue yonder. He'd better be careful if he thinks that kind of money will be available at Tech, because Hance's style is to simply cheat coaches out of their earned and future pay. The nuclear winter continues in Lubbock. Forever.

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I'm Slow, I Guess...

"...out-winking the pigeons he sacked up at Tech."

I don't have the first clue what this phrase means.

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Hance

Lodotx, and all the rest of the Hance haters, while I don't like everything he's done and the way he's handled some things -(Leach)-he's given a large sum to Tech. Granted it's to build a chapel and you like to use that as a reason to disparage him by calling him "reverend" and other names. BUT he wrote a check to the University. He put his money where his mouth is and he works every day to build Texas Tech into what he thinks it should be whether you agree with it or not. How much have you contributed? What do you do to promote Tech? Based on what I see here, your only goal is to tear it down. If Hance is gone, you'll find something else to hate. Go watch the aggies or Washington State or whoever and find something to support if you are capable of supporting anything. If you really want Hance gone - DO SOMETHING to bring it about. You can't?? Oh, big surprise. Then go ahead and whine and complain and disparage. You and your cronies (I count about 8-10)make a lot of noise but it's blown away by our good west Texas wind. I sold out on Kristy Curry a year ago and don't think she will ever be anything but middle of the Big 12, but most fans now think she's turned it around and I hope they are right because I support the University and Lady Raider basketball is part of it. I won't put stuff on here for recruits and everyone to read that runs her down. You might consider the same approach.

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Good post westxn60

Unfortunately you are speaking to the dimmest of the dim. You are right about Hance, except he puts his money where his heart is, along with his time and effort. Thank the Lord we have him leading our University. As far as the article, I think this would be a great hire and I hope it works out. You are also right about the noisy Leachers, they're gonna hate on anything, that's what they do. There are just people like that, thankfully there aren't many of 'em.

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westxn60

Thank you, well thought out and written. I doubt however those in the negative mode will be able to comprehend the meaning of your text. Never mind the former employed lawyer HC refused to sign for a hand delivered bonus check as a settlement of good cause by the university. Never mind the former employee HC & his nostral ring followers has turned that around into denying said HC & lawyer his rightful pay. They simply don't pay attention. As it's been said, ML is no longer employed at TTU simply due to the fact that he doesn't want to be. Remember for the majority of his employment was going out on his own searching for an interview. Where's the loyalty to these people is anyones guess. How soo the naysayers forget.

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westxn60

Thank you, well thought out and written. I doubt however those in the negative mode will be able to comprehend the meaning of your text. Never mind the former employed lawyer HC refused to sign for a hand delivered bonus check as a settlement of good cause by the university. Never mind the former employee HC & his nostral ring followers has turned that around into denying said HC & lawyer his rightful pay. They simply don't pay attention. As it's been said, ML is no longer employed at TTU simply due to the fact that he doesn't want to be. Remember for the majority of his employment was going out on his own searching for an interview. Where's the loyalty to these people is anyones guess. How soo the naysayers forget.

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Hance And Hypocrasy

Money for a chapel. This man told ESPN the night of the 2009 Alamo Bowl that he "Always wanted Mike to be my coach." In fact, he had been conspiring for months to cheat the coach out of his job. (Public Record) This man is a confirmed liar, and for a confirmed liar to practice the worst of politics by giving money he squeezed from firms that wanted contracts at Tech to glorify his name when associated with a place of God is the worst I have seen in my life. You folks are misplacing your hopes with this influence pedaling financial opportunist.

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Fact R Facts

But it is okay for YOU, who can discern a man's intentions, to judge?? Most of what you say is your opinion. You take a few facts and add your opinion as to intent and motivation so Hance is a hypocrit and intended to intentionally CHEAT (a word you all use often) leach out of his money even though as BigD pointed out he was offered the money and turned it down. What a bag of crap.

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Westxn

I disagree with you on many levels, but I do agree with your overall intent. Hance has done well for the university, although he has lacked the ability to raise TTU to Tier 1 status which was his number 1 goal. He is a good fund raiser but has also has used his power to set his own agenda for TTU. (Leach incident) That agenda has also alienated many fans and alumni. Hance handled the Leach issue selfishly, and in turn gave the public the perception we as a university are not capable of handling ourselves with integrity. Instead we resolve our issues with small town politics. Overall, I would say Hance is bad for the university because his dealings set a bad perception of the university and we come across as BUSH LEAGUE. Do not underestimate the influence a well ran athletic program has on a university’s overall success. I want nothing but success for my university, but in my opinion as long as Hance is at the helm we are not going to see much improvement. The man looks out for himself and not the university. You say ” He put his money where his mouth is and he works every day to build Texas Tech into what he thinks it should be whether you agree with it or not.” The man has no experience in education. He doesn’t know what a university should be. He SHOULD listen to what alumni want because they have an interest in the future of the university. You also stated “How much have you contributed? What do you do to promote Tech?” On many levels alumni and fans do the most to promote the university, not the chancellor. Every time a fan or alumni buys or wear a TTU shirt, or has a TTU bumper sticker, they are giving positive contributions and promoting the university. When the Hance dealings came out to light via emails, he contributed NEGATIVELY! His contribution was to hurting the reputation of TTU. We may not be giving $100,000 donations but do not discount our contributions to the university. “If Hance is gone, you'll find something else to hate.” This is speculation. I would argue that before Hance, many had no idea who TTU’s chancellor was, because they were not in the headlines for such a mess and lack of integrity. The entire time I was at Tech I had no idea who the chancellor was and that was A-OK with me.

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Dishonor---Debt---Discredit---Suits

The University has three times the debt service today as it did when he arrived. If the debt continues to grow at this rate, then the unthinkable becomes true. The University goes broke.

The University has been questioned regarding standard practices used by the NRUF to calculate average ACT and SAT scores for incoming freshmen. We have lost matching funds because of errors.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. We didn't need a "chapel" in his name. We needed honorable leadership.

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Agree with Westxn

The thing with most of the negative Nancy's on here is even if Hance retire's they will hate the next Chancellor and the next head coach, because it isn't a guy who supported Leach or the coach doesn't remind them of Leach. It's all about Leach, its not about the football program, it never was. I hated going to Tech games and seeing the dumb[filtered word]e$ dressed up as pirates. It wasn't about the team, it was no different in the Alamo bowl when all the weirdo's started chanting "We Want Leach!" It was embarrassing as a fan to be apart of a collective bunch that really didn't care how the Team was doing.

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Flexmon

Those are well thought out and reasonable comments. I don't agree with all, but I do agree with many. I, like most fans, mostly contribute by being a fan. I don't have the money to give large gifts to the university but I talk it up to people as a great school not because of, or in spite of who is the chancellor or president. I'm an engineering grad and I'd compare the dept. with anybody. The law, medical, ag, and other departments are just as good. The other contribution I make is not getting on a public forum and beating everything here to death. Neither do you, and for that I respect your opinions, and as I say, agree with a lot of them at least to some extent. But Hance is here, and Tubs is here and until and unless I can do something to change that I won't be on here telling the world that I think they are low-life scum sucking pigs even if I thought that, which I don't. I promise you no one wants to win a conference and national championship more than Tubs and Hance.

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Once again the same cast of

Once again the same cast of characters saying the same crap over and over with no end in sight. Lodotx and his bf factsrfiction saying the same thing over and over...hance this and that, you know you losers act like you gave something to the university. The university doesnt want anything you stooges could give. Save your paychecks from mcDonalds and give them to your partner in the trailer park... They need it and they want to hear from you... Noone on here does

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Red Raider for life

The pirate thing at Tech was great. I LOVED being a part of something different/special. It gave us as a fan base an identity, something to call our own. As for the Alamo Bowl (Dumbblanks) you speak of (which are fellow FANS, ALUMNI, CHILDREN, PARENTS, SISTERS, BROTHERS, and so on… The Alamo bowl was an opportunity for the masses to thank Leach, and show their support for a man who was wrongly fired. The game was played on ESPN, the same network that did not give Leach a proper platform to state his side of the story. Their agenda was to exploitation and to sling mud not journalism. The Red Raider Nation took that opportunity to say, “We love coach leach and everything he did for our university and football team”. Your guy over there (C.James) got his time(s) to speak on your/his channel, now let us speak on behalf of OUR COACH! If you were embarrassed to be a part of something bigger than football, that’s your thing. The writing was on the wall with the James/Hance/Leach issue and it was MUCH bigger than football. It was about integrity, I learned it from my father. It’s about treating people with respect, paying them what they are owed. TTU has shown a lot of things to be embarrassed about lately, but that show of unity of the Red Raider Nation was not it.

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Total Ignorance

I lived in Lubbock, obtained a degree and moved to south Texas. I have supported Tech financially, and enjoyed the entertainment of the sports program (even as a season ticket holder / including Leach teams). I am far more concerned with the ignorance of our supposedly college educated alumni (if indeed they are alumni), than anything Hance and the administration is building upon. People must have very short memories regarding our campus, our programs and our athletics department just a few short years ago.

The university is not founded upon football programs. We all wish to be successful in all our endeavors, but athletics is not what drives our school. The fact is, Leach would never have been hired by a higher learning institution. Texas Tech was as big as it would get. Most on this board have no clue as to his real demeanor and his arrogant attitude. Unlike most, I know. Mike Leach only was as committed to Texas Tech as long as he had the administration bent over a barrel. When the tables were turned in the proper direction, he lost a very very good job, and countless dollars. No administrator should be told to stick it (by his football coach). It is a matter of respect. I would rather be a mediocre football program, than have misguided coaches who believe their "larger than life" illusion.

Kent Hance has devoted much of his life to make Texas Tech a better place, and yes, he has the means and power to do so. I have much more confidence in his ability to make Tech great for the right reasons, than anything Mike Leach would have ever done for the university. Tommy Tuberville gets it. In the end, he will be fine. Fact is, both of done much better than Mr. Leach lately - I would say. And rightly so.

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Excellent Positions by All

Most informed comments I have seen in a long time. I admire those who demonstrate unconditional support for the programs and the kids. But Flexmon2K reminds us of the discredit Hance, Scovell, Turner; and the rest brought upon our great multi-purpose university with their prevarications made before and during the execution of their plan to fire (cheat) Mike Leach not later than December, 30, 2009; regardless of the reason. MIKE LEACH HAS NEVER TURNED DOWN AN OFFER THAT WOULD PAY HIM IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS OF HIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT. The core group guilty of the conspiracy is still in charge or still exercises influence over our cherished Red Raiders in all sports. Unlike some who threaded above, I contributed many thousands of dollars to the program for many years--giving in every manner imaginable. But my decision was to withhold support in the presence of a disingenuous chancellor acting in concert with political cronies either serving on the Board of Regents or recently departed. I WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO THEIR WRONGDOING AND I WILL NEVER DISCONTINUE NAMING THEM BY NAME EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. Only an exorcism will save our beloved Red Raiders.

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The pirate thing had nothing

The pirate thing had nothing to do with the University or the players. It benefited Leach and Leach alone. If you want to go dress up as Jack Sparrow be my guest, but Tech is one of the most tradition rich schools in the nation. If you have a problem identifying with any of them that is your problem.

Why do you think that I support C. James? Just because I don't like Leach means that I support C. James? I am happy that Leach no longer is affiliated with the University, but I could careless about the James's.

Integrity and Respect is great to learn from your father, I am glad you didn't learn it from Leach.

The show of unity at the Alamo bowl was embarrassing to the fan base and the players. If you noticed in the post game interview Baron Batch made a comment about it. He said "I saw all this Team Leach stuff around, what about Team Tech?" Then when he came out and said other things a lot of Leach supporters threw him under the bus. Yes, the same unified fan base that loved the pirate stuff. That same bunch of fans that embarrassed the players at the Alamo Bowl.

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Facts

Mike Leach was fired FOR CAUSE and the only money Tech owed him, which they offered to pay was the $800,000. Now YOU may not think there was cause but a bunch of us dang sure do. Again, "prevarications, lies, cheat" all your buzzwords come out. Fine, take your money and go away. And please change your handle to FactRFactsaccordingtoME, because the real facts never see the light of day in your posts.

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RBD

I couldn't agree more. Anyone who can't see that Leach became bigger than the University in his on mind is either blind or stupid or both.

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Didn't say you were a fan of C.James

at no time did I suggest you were a fan of craig james. I dont put words into peoples mouths. Not my thing. You may have misread. (Your Guy C.James) was directed towards ESPN not you. I am very aware of TTU's traditions and enjoy participating in all of them. I also dont discount the "pirate thing" as a tradition that could have been. TTU students, alumni, fans, and PLAYERS took a liking to it. The Red Raider Nation loved it, and embrased it. It was also great to hear such phrased as, "sometimes a pirate beats a soilder". TTU is a very conservative school, so it was great to finally have a tradition that wasn't so robotic. It was fun, and it was fresh and new. Traditions are born everyday in college football, not anyone's "problem", just a fact. If you do not welcome new traditions at Tech, then buddy thats YOUR problem!

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Yeah you did Flexmon2k

"Your guy over there (C.James) got his time(s) to speak on your/his channel, now let us speak on behalf of OUR COACH!" Sounds like you are pointing a finger to me.

I welcome new traditions all the time, (Raider Walk). Even though Tommy did it at Auburn I like it here at Tech because it relates to the school. You see when you refer to traditions I think of things that actually apply to the school. The last time I checked was our mascot a Pirate? You are referring to a Mike Leach tradition, it would have looked pretty weird going to a Tech Basketball game dressed up like a Pirate, because Leach wasn't the coach of the team. Do you see where I am going with this? Dressing up like a Pirate at Tech games are not traditions, nor should they be. If you want to create a new tradition that applies to Texas Tech, the mascot, double t, or scarlet and black I will fully support you. I will not relate a coaches idolization of pirates to a University if it doesn't apply. ECU would have been great for Leach, they are pirates, he loves pirates. It would have been a great fit, but not Tech.

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Whiney Butts GO HOME !!!

I guess now that all the "occupiers" are off-duty they have time to get on to webb sites such as this and complain their lil twisted undies off! Good grief - gimmee a break. You people - all 6 or 7 of you and using various names - are so sad to see your hatred of our university. Of course you are an extreme small voice of the 50,000 - 60,000 that attend our games. And if were bold enough to spit your stupidities at those games you would get to enjoy a good a** whuppn' from real football fans around you. GET REAL and leave us alone. If you fall off a cliff nobody cares anymore OK?! Kent Hance and Guy Bailey are very close to having Tech at Tier One status - we have accomplished what it takes for Tier One and only have to repeat the process one more year for that to happen. They along with the BOR are doing an excellent job in a down US economy to manage this institution. I enjoyed Leach's offense while he was here yeah, until I realized at the 2008 OU game in Norman that he really just did not "get it"! And for him to apply for three jobs while at Tech and let it get in all the media, well, that was too much for me. I wanted him GONE !!! If i had had any say in the matter his contract would just not have been renewed Dec 31st anyway because of his arrogance and desire of another place of employment. I would have paid him and then told him to beat it! It's like when your wife or girl friend gets really tired of your "wandering eye" with other ladies and tells you to take a hike! Exactly! We had him take a hike and it would be to our pleasure for you little pin-heads to do the same. Grow up or get out!!!

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Red raider lifey

Bud you obviously can't read, so I will leave you with the following comment: which mascot are you speaking of? The red raiders or matador? Also since you speak of auburn, ever heard of war eagle much? Hmm... Last time I heard, traditions can be sports specific. But hey, have a great time tailgating for the lady raider game tonight! Wreckem!

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Good to Hear

I have enjoyed the comments here more than I have on any other article in a long time. We are finally hearing from some people with sense. Hance loves Tech just as much as any one of us. And Jerry Turner is one of the finest alums that Tech has. And he was a solid football player, too. Everyone wants to win. Leach had his good points, but his attitude did him in, and it was past time for him to move on. Tuberville may not be the answer, and is doing some things that I really do question, but I believe that he wants to win. We were thoroughly embarrassed a couple of times this year. If that same thing happens in 2012 I will lead the petition to get us a new coach. I believe that won't be necessary, however, because if we do have a repeat of this past season, then I am very confident that changes will take place. Until then, let's keep the moaning and groaning to a minimum. Tech will be back again, and probably sooner than later. Just remember, I would rather be a Techsan on the losing side than just about any other college on the winning side.

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Good to Hear

That being said, I still love to win and hate to lose.

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Legacies

I think all good Texas Tech football fans are Leachers. He is gone and won't be back, but his legacy at Texas Tech will live on. If the football program doesn't turn around soon Hance, Myers, Sowell, Turner, Anders , White and the rest will have to live with their legacy, the destruction of Texas Tech football. With that said, I think we need the best DC available ASAP. Loosing coaches at recruiting time is tough. I hope with the right DC and some JC talent we can jump start our defense. With a few injuries healed and some new talent we could and should have a great 2012 season. Guns Up!

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What could have been

If you are watching the Orange Bowl tonight, you are seeing Holgerson coach at team the way we like it. (42-20 at halftime). First year at the school and winning a BCS bowl game. No rebuilding, No excuses! At least four coaches in big bowl games this year were in their first year at the school. Time to get rid of the Tubster and all his Arkansas salesman excuses and get somebody that wants to coach our kids!

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Magic

Dana Holgerson has worked magic wherever he has been. He made the most of his eight years of apprenticeship under Mike Leach. It is unbelievable to see 49 points put up on #15 in a half. We shoulda, coulda, woulda.

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