Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Texas Tech Defensive Coordinator

Texas Tech defensive coordinator James Willis has left "to pursue other opportunities" after one season in Lubbock. Between a possible job in Florida and a domestic dispute, it is hard to say what is going on with Willis, but regardless, Tommy Tuberville needs a new coordinator. The coaching tree has come up with the following potential replacements:

John Lovett - ex-Miami Defensive Coordinator
  • Defensive coordinator under Tommy Tuberville at Auburn from 1999-2001.
  • Defensive backs coach at Ole Miss from 1995-98, when Tuberville was head coach.

Randy Shannon - ex-Miami Head Coach
  • Started coaching at Miami in 1991 as a graduate assistant, while Tommy Tuberville was the linebackers coach. Shannon became DL coach in '92 and LB coach in '93, when Tuberville took over as defensive coordinator.
  • Played LB at Miami from 1985-88. Tuberville came to the "U" in '86 as a GA before becoming LB coach in 1988.

Willie Martinez - Oklahoma Defensive Backs Coach
  • Worked with Tommy Tuberville as a graduate assistant in 1986.

Art Kaufman - North Carolina Linebackers Coach
  • Defensive coordinator under Tommy Tuberville at Ole Miss from 1995-98.

Other Names in consideration: Terry Price, Ole Miss; Dave Wannstedt, ex-Pitt; Chuck Pagano, Ravens; Rick Petri, ex-Miami.

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