"The nine days all I did [was] ask him, 'If you get a new job, what kind of offense are you going to run? What will you run on third down? How will you fake punts? How will you fake kicks?'" Brown said Monday. "I've got all my notes ready now."
Brown was kidding (we think). But if he gleaned any info from the time he spent with Tuberville, he won't hesitate to use it when the Longhorns visit Lubbock on Saturday to face Tubs' first Texas Tech team. Brown knows how dangerous Lubbock can be. Two years ago,
From 1999-2008, Tuberville went 15-13 against top 10 foes. Compare that to Brown, who is 9-13 against top 10 teams since coming to Texas in 1998. (For comparison's sake,
In college football's recent past, few have been better at preparing a team for a top opponent than Tuberville. Tubs got off to a rough start at Auburn against the top 10, losing in his first five tries. But
In fact, Leach, who won at least eight games eight times in 10 seasons in Lubbock, believed the Red Raiders were poised for a great season in 2010 before overgrown Little League-dad-with-a-mic
So maybe the 2010 Red Raiders are closer to 2001 Auburn team that shocked then-No. 1 Florida. That upset touched off a six-season stretch during which Tuberville went 15-6 against top 10 teams.
As coincidence would have it, the last win of that run also came against the Gators. Auburn won in The Swamp in 2007 on a
Muschamp will boom on the Texas sideline Saturday, using his superior athletes to harass Texas Tech quarterback
The more important percentage is 46. That's the frequency, according to Brown, that Texas Tech has blitzed this season. With sophomore quarterback
"They're more like the Alabama defense this year," Brown said. "They're very multiple. Last year they sat there and pretty much played base defense."
Actually, they're more like the Texas defense. Though Red Raiders defensive coordinator
Tuberville learned coaching defense from
Still, Tuberville believes the Red Raiders' defense needs work. "This is not a defense where you just go out and line up and play," he said. "You've got to communicate. Then you've got to adjust depending on what they do, and then you've got to fly to the ball. We're getting better, and we're playing a lot more guys. We've just got to recruit more speed. We need more speed on defense than what we have right now, but we can win with what we have."
That's the key. Tuberville believes he can win now. That makes the Red Raiders dangerous Saturday, no matter how much higher the Longhorns are ranked.
"He's done a great job wherever he's coached," Brown said of Tuberville. "He won at Ole Miss, he won at Auburn and he'll win at Tech."