â†µTommy Tuberville at Texas Tech is sort of an odd fit, what with his well-publicized disastrous switch to the spread offense. Tuberville hired Tony Franklin from Troy, failed to commit wholeheartedly to the new style of offense, fired him midseason in favor of his old cronies, and then got himself fired in the process. â†µâ†µ
â†µSo if there's one thing Tuberville has learned it's don't hire Troy's spread guru, right? Eh, not â†µso much: â†µ
â†µâ‡¥Tuberville is interviewing Troy offensive coordinator Neal Brown to run his offense in Lubbock, according â†µâ‡¥to Troy coach Larry Blakeney. â†µâ‡¥â†µâ‡¥
â†µâ‡¥Brown was Franklin's successor at Troy. He's also a protégé and friend. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µThat leaves Evan Woodberry of AL.com grasping for words like "stunner," and he'll find no disagreement on that point around these parts. If Tommy Tuberville is really looking for a spread offense akin to the frenetic style Texas Tech basically invented, he could interview the guy who's already got the job. Interview him like this: â†µâ†µ
â†µTuberville: What is your name?
â†µCurrent Texas Tech Offensive Coordinator: Current Texas Tech Offensive Coordinator. â†µ
â†µTuberville: You're hired! â†µ
â†µChanging Tech's signature style makes no sense, and Tuberville's suggested he wouldn't. But even if you do the thing you probably shouldn't and trash it in favor of an awkward transition period, the thing that makes even less sense than no sense at all is adopting some close-but-not-quite identical version of the spread similar to the one you couldn't abide at your last job. Hell, reverting to a stodgy Tuberville style of I-formation running and floppy-haired, noodle-armed pageboy quarterbacks makes more sense that doing something the kids haven't practiced and you don't actually like. â†µâ†µ
â†µI doubt anything actually comes of this—it's just an interview—but the mere existence of the thing suggests that Tuberville will not be content to let the magic on the offensive side of the ball continue to happen unmolested. Texas Tech's pirate offense combined with Tuberville's generally strangling defenses would have been something interesting to see in practice. â†µâ†µ
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