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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