When news broke on Saturday that Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Tommy Tuberville had accepted the HC job at Cincinnati, the questions immediately following were: Will Tuberville coach the Texas Bowl, or, who will replace him?
It was announced today that offensive line coach and Texas native Chris Thomsen was named the interim head coach. We’re all aware that news of coaching changes, especially those on the brink of bowl season, always raise a few eyebrows and rattle nerves, but with the Red Raiders playing the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on Friday, December 28, fans are remaining pretty calm.
Maybe this is because of statistical comparisons, but fans remember the Alamo Bowl on January 2, 2010, when defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, Ruffin McNeill was promoted after the firing of Mike Leach. Texas Tech went on to beat Michigan State, 41-31.
Thomsen has been pretty active in the couching carousel over the past few years. He was the head coach of the Abilene Christian University Wildcats from 2005-2011, but resigned at the beginning of 2012 for an assistant position at Arizona State, then again to accept the OL job at Texas Tech, replacing Jim Turner who left for the Miami Dolphins.
While Thomsen doesn’t have the Tech tenure that McNeill had (2000-2009), his record in Division II was 53-18, with two Lone Star Conference Championships in 2008, and 2010.
So while Tech fans are still pondering prospects and the end result for the head coaching position, you can rest assured that at least for now, you’ve got your guy.
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