Big 12: Terry Price

Breaking down spring camp: Texas Tech

February, 17, 2012
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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
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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.

Catching up on Big 12 coaching carousel

December, 16, 2011
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We're not done spinning just yet, but if you're a bit lost, here's the changes to the coaching staffs across the Big 12 thus far.

BAYLOR (9-3)
  • Out: Receivers coach Dino Babers took the head-coaching job at Eastern Illinois. No replacement named.
IOWA STATE (6-6)
  • Out: Offensive coordinator Tom Herman took the offensive coordinator job under Urban Meyer at Ohio State. No replacement named.
KANSAS (2-10)
  • Out: Head coach Turner Gill fired. Other staff positions up for discussion.
  • In: Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis hired to replace Gill. Akron QB coach Ron Powlus hired to coach quarterbacks. Bishop Miege (KS) coach Tim Grunhard hired to coach offensive line. Running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell retained from Gill's staff.
KANSAS STATE (10-2)
  • No changes.
MISSOURI (7-5)
  • Out: Safeties coach Barry Odom left to become defensive coordinator at Memphis. No replacement named.
OKLAHOMA (9-3)
  • No changes.
OKLAHOMA STATE (11-1)
  • No changes yet, but OC Todd Monken has drawn interest from several programs.
TEXAS (7-5)
  • No changes, though Texas was forced to proactively shoot down rumors of Mack Brown's retirement. Defensive backs coach Duane Akina is also a candidate for the Hawaii job.
TEXAS A&M (6-6)
  • Out: Fired coach Mike Sherman. Defensive coordinator/interim coach Tim DeRuyter took head-coaching job at Fresno State but will remain on staff through the bowl game. Other staff positions up for review.
  • In: Hired Houston coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin will recruit while the other coaches prepare for the bowl game.
TEXAS TECH (5-7)
  • Out: Fired DBs coach Otis Mounds and offensive line coach Matt Moore. Moved defensive line coach Sam McElroy into a non-coaching role on staff.
  • In: Hired former Miami DC John Lovett to coach defensive backs and former Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price to coach the defensive line. No offensive line replacement named yet.

Texas Tech changes up its coaching staff

December, 12, 2011
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The first losing season in Lubbock since 1992 has coach Tommy Tuberville ready to make changes.

He made three to his coaching staff after going 5-7 in 2011.

Offensive line coach Matt Moore and defensive backs coach Otis Mounds were "dismissed," according to a university release. Defensive line coach Sam McElroy will also "relinquish coaching duties" but his role on the future staff has yet to be determined.

Instead, Tuberville is bringing in two coaches he knows very well.

Terry Price will take over the defensive line coaching duties, rejoining Tuberville, who he coached with at Ole Miss and coached the defensive line at Auburn for Tuberville's entire tenure from 1999-2008.

Price coached the defensive line at Ole Miss the past three seasons.

John Lovett will take over as defensive backs coach after coordinating the defense at Miami under Randy Shannon in 2009 and 2010.

Lovett coached with Tuberville at Ole Miss from 1995-98 and at Auburn from 1999-2001 before leaving to coordinate Clemson's defense.

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