Texas Tech ended a disastrous season by losing to Baylor 66-42. The Red Raiders finished the year at 5-7 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12. Texas Tech did manage to set the standard for future Red Raider teams. Unfortunately, the standard is one of futility. This team broke the streak of being bowl eligible for 18 years, having a winning record for 16 straight years, and beating Baylor 16 straight years. It also had the worst defense in the country and the worst in school history.
How did Texas Tech Football get this bad, this fast? The biggest reason is the simplest. Tommy Tuberville and his coaching staff have been completely incompetent at anything except recruiting since they arrived in Lubbock. There is no doubt that Tommy Tuberville is a terrific recruiter, he is just not a very good coach.
Before very many Red Raider fans start lining up to defend Coach Tuberville, perhaps they should consider just how bad a job this coaching staff has done. In the two years prior to Tuberville’s arrival in Lubbock, Texas Tech went 20-6. In the two years that Tuberville has been the coach, Texas Tech has gone 13-12. Of course, there have been excuses like Texas Tech did not have any talent, the wind blows in West Texas, the Red Raiders were over prepared, and Tuberville does not have all of his players yet. The bottom line is that Tommy Tuberville was hired to win games and at least one championship.
So how valid are these excuses? Are they just excuses or are they actual reasons? They are just excuses. Take a look at the state of the program when Tuberville took over. Texas Tech had a prolific offense, a middle of the pack defense, and decent special teams. So what did Tuberville really need to do? There was no need to rebuild this program. All the current staff had to do was keep the schemes that were already in place and maintain the same level of execution. Tuberville is a great recruiter, so as these better athletes made their way onto the defense, the defense should have improved. In the mean time, he could just be a good bus driver and keep the program rolling along with 8-9 wins a year and the customary bowl game.
Unfortunately, the Texas Tech bus wound up in the ditch. The current staff wrecked the bus with bad decisions. The Red Raiders kept changing their defensive scheme, which helped lead to the worst defensive unit in the history of the program. Tuberville seems obsessed with running the ball, even though Texas Tech has been a pass first team for over a decade. The Red Raider offense seems to have a split personality. It almost seems like Tech can’t decide whether they want to be a running team or a passing team. Additionally, Tuberville has turned the special teams (which he personally coaches) into the keystone cops of the Big 12.
Tommy Tuberville, along with his staff have made Texas Tech worse, not better. The thing that the Texas Tech administration does not want to hear is the reality that if Mike Leach was still the coach, this team would have won at least 8 games this year and gone to a decent bowl. The difference between the current staff and the previous staff is coaching. The previous staff seemed to be able to get a lot more out of players than the current staff can. As long as that continues for the current staff, there will not be any bowls in the Red Raider’s immediate future.