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Monday, November 14, 2011
Tuberville has support from university brass

By David Ubben

There's frustration in Lubbock after the Red Raiders have fallen from 4-0 to 5-5 after losing five of their last six games.

Tommy Tuberville
Texas Tech is sticking by coach Tommy Tuberville, for now.
No loss was worse than Saturday's when Texas Tech suffered the worst loss in school history. Oklahoma State led 49-0 at halftime and waltzed to a 66-6 win at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Tuberville, though, isn't feeling the heat from his bosses.

"Tommy has our 100 percent support,” Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, "and he knows how to win at the highest level in the game of college football. His expectations are to win at the highest level and compete for championships. He’s as frustrated as we all are, if not more. We’re going to continue to give him all the support and resources he needs to get our program to the top."

It's the right call. This year has no doubt been frustrating, and Texas Tech has been outscored 159-33 in three losses since beating Oklahoma last month. Tuberville, though, deserves more time before any serious talk about his job status, if for no other reason than he's recruited better than any coach in Lubbock before him.

Tech is inexperienced on offense and has been hampered by a ton of injuries in both seasons, especially on last year's defense.

"What I’ve seen in the last seven months is we have as passionate and committed fans and supporters as anywhere in the country," Hocutt said. "We’re going to stay the course and believe our fans will continue to support the program and the young people that compete in it, knowing they’re giving it everything they have and will continue to do so. There are going to be better times ahead."

He's probably right. It's a smart move.