Tuberville may be in trouble at Texas Tech. Consider the following observation from Double T Nation.
“I think that Tuberville is feeling some heat not just from himself, but I think that something is afoot. And this is just a suspicion, nothing other than my gut telling me that this game and the Baylor game mean something for Tuberville to keep his job.”
There could be more truth to that statement than the Coach Tuberville, Texas Tech, or the Lubbock Media are letting on.
Consider the following items. Coach Tuberville looked a whole lot more into the game against Missouri than he has at almost any other time this year. If Texas Tech loses to Baylor, it will snap a very long streak of being bowl eligible. Texas Tech has never lost to Baylor in a Big 12 game. Losing to Baylor would mean Texas Tech would finish the season with a 5-7 record, and a 2-7 record in the conference. The Red Raiders would also head into next football season on a five game losing streak.
Is it possible that Tommy Tuberville might very well be coaching for his job against Baylor? At first glance, most Red Raider fans would not think so. Tuberville has only been at Texas Tech for two seasons and has promised championships. What could possibly be driving any movement to remove him? The simple answer is money. It may well depend on how serious fans are about not renewing season tickets for next year. Also for Tuberville to be in trouble some of the bigger donors would have to be very unhappy as well.
The bowl streak is a big deal to the Red Raider fan base. The current losing streak combined with no bowl this year would make the already heightened anger over the Leach fiasco even worse. There is already a consensus among Texas Tech fans that firing Mike Leach was a mistake. Not making a bowl, would be an embarrassment for the administration that fired him.
Many supporters of the administration and Coach Tuberville will point out that Texas Tech has good recruiting classes coming in. They will make the case that Texas Tech has a bright future. They could be right. However, it will not matter this off season. The perception will be that Tuberville and the administration destroyed the Texas Tech football program. Perception has a way of becoming reality. So, Double T Nation may be onto something. If Texas Tech loses to Baylor, everyone will find out together whether Tuberville really is in any danger. The question is can Tuberville and his assistants survive a loss to Baylor?