ECU AD Letter: Embarrassed By ‘Historic’ Navy Loss

In a previous post in this space, I noted Washington A.D. Scott Woodward needlessly taking several swipes on Seattle radio at the Univ. of Oregon last Saturday in Eugene. Among other things, Woodward said he thought the Oregon school was an “embarrassment” because of misplaced priorities.

(When A.D.’s attack: The Sequel)

We learned from Woodward that some things are better off left unsaid, and that athletic directors sometimes can’t resist seeking attention despite the oft-perilous consequences.

Another such example of that regrettable tactic came from East Carolina Athletic Director Terry Holland last weekend. Read more…

Report: Tx Tech Will ‘Talk’ With Tommy Tuberville

UPDATE: (12:00AM ET): Don Williams of the LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL reports Tuberville will interview Wednesday.

Last night I Tweeted that I thought Texas Tech would hire Tommy Tuberville in less than two weeks. In the past 48 hours I’ve heard from two college football sources that he’s the likely hire. As late as early today though, Tuberville had confirmed that he’d not yet been contacted about the job.

Tuberville phone

But Lubbock radio and TV personality Chris Level reports this afternoon that, “Tech is going to talk to Tuberville next and after talking to Tommy earlier he’s more than ready for the phone call when it comes.

Level is also the proprietor of

Dwain Price of the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM reports that earlier today Ruffin McNeill had an informal visit with the same folks who jettisoned Michael Leach from the school:

Interim Texas Tech football coach Ruffin McNeill had an informal interview Monday morning with school president Guy Bailey and chancellor Kent Hance.

Pete Christy of KCBD-TV in Lubbock also reports that McNeill talked to the Tech admin, and that chat included Athletic Director Gerald Myers.

So besides Tuberville and McNeill, who else is in the mix, and who isn’t?

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Tech Fill-In Coach Wants Leach Job: ‘Double Yes’

Here’s a summary of salient comments from Texas Tech interim coach Ruffin McNeill at his Wednesday press conference in San Antonio. Quotes include his thoughts on Mike Leach, the now-vacant Texas Tech coaching job and his approach with Adam James:

Ruffin McNeill wants Mike Leach's job

(McNeill wasn’t around for Leach’s last stand)

Ruffin McNeill on his close relationship to Mike Leach and if he wants to be hired as head football coach: “I have not spoken with Coach Leach (since firing). It’s a tough situation but professionalism must override everything. Yes I’m very interested in the job. Double yes with exclamation marks. I’m very interested in being the coach of Texas Tech.

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