Who Should Texas Tech Hire As Their Next Defensive Coordinator
With the departure of Chad Glasgow, Texas Tech will soon have its fourth defensive coordinator in as many years. Red Raider fans are yearning for a candidate with experience, who knows how to coach defense, but more important than anything else, someone who can get results.
After Texas Tech’s first losing season in 19 years, Tech is looking for a new defensive coordinator, but who and what type of candidate should they try to get?
There are apparently few names floating around, the seriousness of these candidates, or the likelihood that any of them end up in Lubbock is unknown, but that doesn’t mean we cant break them down.
Art Kaufman has been at North Carolina since 2009. He was promoted to defensive coordinator this year, but the Tar Heels operated all season under interim head coach Everett Withers. UNC hired Larry Fedora as head coach in early December, and on Tuesday the Tar Heels announced Fedora had filled his staff leaving Kaufman looking for a job. Something to look forward to with Kaufman’s defense is that UNC 26th in rushing defense, a category in which Tech ranked No. 120th last season.Tuberville and Kaufman have worked together before, he was Tuberville’s first DC at Ole Miss back in 1995, so Kaufman obviously has tons of experience.
Tyrone Nix is someone else whose name has been floating around the internet lately, what his interest is int he job, and how interested Texas Tech/ Tuberville are in him is unknown. According to the Ole Miss site, “Tyrone Nix is one of the up-and-coming, bright defensive coordinators in America,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt when he selected Nix to serve that position on his first Rebel staff on Dec. 11, 2007. While also coaching the linebackers, Nix was promoted to Assistant Head Coach in January 2010.” The Good news out of that is that linebackers are his specialty, which is one of Techs biggest weaknesses.
Randy Shannon, obviously more of a pipe dream, but it’s possible. Shannon is without a job and is a defensive specialist. He’s a big name, who would most likely not stick around very long, but if he could bring in a couple of huge recruits and jump start the defense, it would be worth it.
Those are the three getting the most buzz, what do you guys think?