Like many Texas Tech fans, this summer has been a wild one which many felt bitter about. Many felt that the athletic department was dishonest, that they didn't want to pay Mike Leach, and most of all just cheated in general.
Seven months later, as the storm has cooled I have re-evaluated what has gone on in the West Plains,and have a few reasons for why Tech will have a bright season this year, and for years to come.
Tubberville is the best coach to ever come into Texas Tech. He comes into a situation where he has a solid, talented team and just gets to add his touch on the defensive side of the ball.
While I do think Leach had the possibility to bring Texas Tech to the "promise land" I am starting to see that Tubberville has a better chance at getting Tech there, and faster than what was first thought.
First things first, Tech is poised for a big year this year, although many people think they will fall apart. Tech is switching defenses, the offense is staying the same, and some new personnel will be used.
Lets talk about the defense first, because this is the most pressing issue:
The new defensive scheme is a blessing in disguise for Tech. After losing so much on the defensive line this year, like Rajon Henly and Sharpe, the 3-4 will help hide some of the weakness of the D-Line.
While they do not have a true nose guard, Colby Whitlock is a bulldog, and will do a fair job. The pass rush will be helped by blitzing outside linebackers, and a freshman stud named Jackson Richards.
With the new blitzes you bring new coverages that involve new athleticism. This is the most talented, and athletic corners and safety's in the last 10 years. Will Ford, DJ Johnson, and red shirt Freshman Jarvis Phillips have the capability to guard most receivers one on one.
They might be young, but these guys are the best Tech has ever had. Expect some mistakes, and expect some big interceptions.
The heart of Tech's defense is going to be it's linebacking core, which will be solid yet again, maybe the best in the Big XII. While there will be some position changes, these guys are experienced and solid. Brian Duncan, and Bront Bird are two guys who know how to get the job done.
On the offense, not much changes. The splits will be slimmer, there will be some more running plays, but if Neal Browns track record at Troy is any indication the offense won't miss a beat.
In fact if the quarterback situation is any indication, then there is a possibility that it could be better than it was under Leach.
Tubberville seems to be more popular than Leach already. Maybe it was time for a change, maybe people actually do like Tubbs better, but the record sale on season tickets proves that attendance will be up.
With attendance going up and the expansion of the Jones continuing, Tech is slowly trying to be in the same ball park as the UT's and OU's.
The last reason that Tech is going to be in good hands is the recruiting. If recruiting ended today, Tech would have the best class they have had, ever.
The class includes four star linebackers, running backs, quarterbacks, and linemen. Tubberville can venture into SEC territory, and pick up some recruits and with a more balances scheme Tech will have athletes across the board.
If they have been able to somewhat compete with UT and OU with the recruits they have been getting, think about what they will be able to do now.