SEC Coaches Raid Texas Tech's "Air Raid" Offence

Richard UnderhillContributor IJanuary 16, 2010

10 NOV 2001: Auburn Tiger coach Tommy Tuberville shouts to his players as the Auburn Tigers defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 24-17 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia DIGITAL IMAGE.  Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran/ALLSPORT
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“They’ll have to carry me out of here in a pine box.”

That’s what Tommy Tuberville told the Ole Miss faithful two days before he quit and took over the Auburn University football program, where he quit and then was fired.

"We're going to keep the Air Raid."

That’s what Tommy Tuberville said to the Texas Tech faithful nine months before  unveiling his Big 12 "version" of the SEC running game.

Tuberville's last attempt at running a spread offence ended in utter failure. In 2008, he hired Tony Franklin to install the spread offence at Auburn. With a 4-2 start, Tuberville fired Franklin and went on to lose five more times in that season's last six games. 

So now that he heads a program that has the spread fully installed, he drops the axe on the majority of the coaches that made it a reality. Calling all SEC position coaches! 

First up, Neal Brown. This 29-year-old wiz-kid from Troy will be the Offensive Coordinator. He has never coached at a Major Div 1 FBS school. He cut his teeth under the tutelage of Tony Franklin while at Troy.

Second hire, James Willis a linebacker coach by trade. When he was dismissed from Auburn after Tuberville's untimely departure, he hitched his wagon to Alabama's 2009 National Championship team.  He will replace Ruffin McNeill as the Defensive Coordinator.

With the spread offence catching fire everywhere but the SEC, It looks like Texas Tech has just become the new proving grounds for its incorporation into the old ground and pound system.

But no worries, Tuberville knows when to fold his hand and walk away from the table. Just don’t expect him to be honest about his impending resignation.