The one good thing that came from the Mike Leach firing is that they named a black head coach, Ruffin McNeill

December 30, 2009

Damn, now you gotta take all the heat...but at least it's a job

I don’t know a lot about Coach McNeill, so I had to turn to Wiki to figure out who he was and how he got to to Texas Tech.

McNeill began his tenure at Texas Tech in 2000 as a linebackers coach. In 2003, he accepted the role of assistant head coach as well as taking duties of linebackers coach. In 2007, then-defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich stepped down due to “personal reasons”[4] after a 49–45 loss to Oklahoma State in which the Texas Tech defense allowed over 600 yards of total offense and three 100 yard rushers.[5] Head coach Mike Leach named McNeill interim defensive coordinator shortly after with eight games remaining in the season.

On December 28, 2009, Leach was suspended, and fired two days later, by Texas Tech University over the alleged inappropriate treatment of an injured player. McNeill was named interim head coach, and will lead the team during their appearance in the 2010 Alamo Bowl.[6] [7][8]

Defensive improvements

With McNeill at the defensive helm, the Red Raiders’ defense improved in every defensive category.[5] Under Setencich, Tech ranked seventh in pass defense, ninth in total defense, and tenth in scoring defense in Big 12 Conference play. In nine games with McNeill, Tech improved to first in pass and total defense and fourth in scoring defense.[9] Texas Tech forced more punts and allowed fewer rushing and passing yards than they did to begin the season.[10] These vast improvements in the defense lead Leach to drop the interim tag and make McNeill the full-time defensive coordinator.[10]

This guy has it rough.  Hopefully, he will be considered for the head job, but I bet they try to shoot higher.  Plus, when you hire a new coach, you are going to allow him to bring in his staff.  Coaches have to coach and once Leach was gone, I hope that that doesn’t mean the end of Coach McNeill and the high hopes of Red Raider fans everywhere.  Hopefully Catcher Freeman will ride out and hook him up.

McNeill began his tenure at Texas Tech in 2000 as a linebackers coach. In 2003, he accepted the role of assistant head coach as well as taking duties of linebackers coach. In 2007, then-defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich stepped down due to “personal reasons”[4] after a 49–45 loss to Oklahoma State in which the Texas Tech defense allowed over 600 yards of total offense and three 100 yard rushers.[5] Head coach Mike Leach named McNeill interim defensive coordinator shortly after with eight games remaining in the season.

On December 28, 2009, Leach was suspended, and fired two days later, by Texas Tech University over the alleged inappropriate treatment of an injured player. McNeill was named interim head coach, and will lead the team during their appearance in the 2010 Alamo Bowl.[6] [7][8]

One Response to “The one good thing that came from the Mike Leach firing is that they named a black head coach, Ruffin McNeill”

  1. tophatal said

    The one good thing to come out of this all is that Leach was fired and two he was less truthful about the events and his prior transgressions for which he’d been warned by the Red Raiders’ AD .

    How ’bout them apples ?

    Alan Parkins

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