Big 12: Jim Turner

Texas Tech offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will take over interim head coach responsibilities for the Red Raiders leading up to their game with Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

Thomsen will fill in for Tommy Tuberville, who accepted the head coaching job at Cincinnati on Saturday.

Thomsen was the head coach at Abilene Christian, a Division II program, for seven seasons and carried the Wildcats to undefeated seasons in two of his last three years before leaving to take an assistant coaching job at Arizona State. Just over a month later, however, he came back to West Texas to be the Red Raiders' offensive line coach for the 2012 season, replacing Jim Turner.

Seems like a good move for the Red Raiders, who likely won't be without a full-time replacement for Tuberville for much longer.

Breaking down spring camp: Texas Tech

February, 17, 2012
Believe it or not, spring practice has arrived. Texas Tech will kick off spring practice Thursday.

We'll preview the league in full next week, but here's a look at the Red Raiders as they kick it off later today, the first team in the Big 12 to do so.

Schedule: Practice begins later today, and will conclude with the annual spring game on March 24.

What’s new: It's becoming a bit of a broken record, but the Red Raiders will try and adjust to a new defensive scheme. Art Kaufman comes to Texas Tech from North Carolina and brings a 4-3 scheme with him, a shift from Chad Glasgow's 4-2-5 last season. The Red Raiders dealt with lots of injuries and finished 114th nationally in total defense.

On the mend: Texas Tech will be missing 15 players this spring, including running backs Eric Stephens (dislocated knee) and DeAndre Washington (torn ACL). Receiver Alex Torres will also miss the spring with a torn ACL. Stephens' status for 2012 is still in flux, but Tech hopes to have him on the field by the season opener.

New faces: Kaufman isn't the only new face, especially on defense. Four new defensive coaches join the staff, though defensive line coach Terry Price came and went before spring even began. He took a new job at his alma mater, Texas A&M. Jim Turner did the same, but left for the Miami Dolphins. It's a bit confusing in Lubbock these days.

Additionally, the Red Raiders are looking for some immediate impact on the field. Nine of the 26 signees in 2012 were junior college transfers.

On the move: Cornerback (yes, cornerback) Cornelius Douglas is staying there. The former receiver was forced to move to defense because of injuries last year, but coach Tommy Tuberville loves Douglas' potential at his new spot, and is keeping him there. The Red Raiders are bringing on a few new receivers, too.

Question marks: The Red Raiders couldn't stop much of anything last year, but the center of the defense was a huge issue. A weak group of linebackers in 2011 didn't help, but we'll see if Kaufman can shore up the front seven this spring. Tech -- in the pass-heavy Big 12 -- gave up over 258 yards a game on the ground, the worst in college football by 12 yards per game. That can't continue if Tech wants to get back to its winning ways.

Breaking out: Receiver Darrin Moore has all the potential in the world -- like, Biletnikoff Award contender potential. Last year, he was slowed by injuries and the coaching staff wasn't happy with how he rehabbed those injuries. He was a non-factor until nearing top form late in the season, but this could be a big spring for the 6-foot-4, 215-pound target.

All eyes on: The defense. Seth Doege's pretty solid. The offense will be above average at worst. But the defense gave the Red Raiders no chance last year. Losing Stephens hurt, but Tech was still productive pretty often. The defense let the Red Raiders down, though. Tech gave up just under 40 points a game, 117th nationally. Kaufman's got his work cut out for him.

Tech coordinator revolving door spins again

December, 29, 2011
Rumors persisted after Texas Tech finished its 5-7 season, and the school made it official today: Chad Glasgow will no longer be the Red Raiders' defensive coordinator.

From the Associated Press:
Football spokesman Blayne Beal said Thursday than Glasgow and Texas Tech "have reached a mutual agreement" that he would not remain. He declined further comment.

The Red Raiders finished the season ranked 115th in total defense.

Texas Tech has struggled on defense in both years under Tommy Tuberville, but the latest news assures that Texas Tech will be playing with its fourth defensive coordinator in four years.

Ruffin McNeil held the position under Mike Leach, and Tuberville hired James Willis from Alabama when he took the Texas Tech job before firing him before Texas Tech's bowl game last season.

With Glasgow gone, the Red Raiders will now have four new assistant coaches.

Tuberville fired offensive line coach Matt Moore and cornerbacks coach Otis Mounds, and defensive line coach Sam McElroy was moved to a non-coaching position on staff.

Tuberville hired Jim Turner from Texas A&M to coach the offensive line and hired one long-time assistant Terry Price as the defensive line coach.

Texas Tech picks up OL coach from A&M

December, 21, 2011
Texas Tech has hired Jim Turner as its new offensive line coach, the school announced on Wednesday.

Turner coached the offensive line at Texas A&M under Mike Sherman from 2008 to now, developing it into one of the team's strengths. Sherman was fired on Dec. 1.

Turner will replace Matt Moore on Tech's staff under coach Tommy Tuberville.

Turner will remain with the Aggies through their bowl game, where he'll replace Sherman as the offensive playcaller in this month's Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas against Northwestern.

Turner played at Boston College before joining the Marines. He coached at Delaware, Temple and Harvard before joining Sherman's staff.



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