Friday, January 15, 2010
McNeill has offer to continue at Texas Tech
By David Ubben
Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance would like to keep Ruffin McNeill involved at Texas Tech somewhere.
Hance told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that he'd like to see the former Texas Tech defensive coordinator working at the school if he doesn't choose to continue his coaching career elsewhere.
McNeill, the Red Raiders' interim coach after Mike Leach was fired, was himself let go earlier this week when new Tech coach Tommy Tuberville set his staff.
Hance said that McNeill could be in the mix for a variety of jobs at the school.
"We’d make him an assistant athletic director to help us with development in charge of certain areas,” Hance told the Avalanche-Journal. “And if he didn’t want to do that, I’d put him in my office in development. There’s not a greater ambassador.”
McNeill, 51, remains in coaching limbo after the move earlier this week by Tuberville. He is expected to have other coaching offers, perhaps at his alma mater, East Carolina.
Hance has not talked to McNeill but did leave him a voice message of his offers.
Hance said he left McNeill a voicemail early in the week, apprising him of the informal offer.
“I just wanted him to realize he’s got a lot of options with us,” Hance said. “He’s got a lot of friends. He’s a class guy. It wasn’t an easy decision, but he is going to be well taken care of either way, whether he stays or if he goes.”
McNeill responded to Hance's offer on Wednesday.
“I got a nice text message back from him, thanking me,” Hance said. “He said he’d get together with me. We’d talk.”
Despite the offer, I would be very surprised to see McNeill go into an administrative role.
He's coming off one of his finest seasons as a coordinator. And he's also got the national notoriety after piloting the Red Raiders' through the difficult situation after Leach's firing to a victory in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Look for McNeill to return somewhere as a coach next season.