The State of Texas Tech Football

I just sent a letter to She is the Admin assistant to the football head coach, since Tuberville's email is not listed. I want to share that letter here. Hopefully, Seth will allow it to be displayed.I hope also that I have not tread on the toes of my fellow DTNers.

I am highly upset with where Texas Tech football has fallen and am not going to remain silent any longer. I don't have a lot of money or a high paying job. I will most probably retire sometime before the end of next year. I am now and always have been a Texas Tech fan, and I will continue to support them as best I can. I am not as good at writing as LondonRaider or some others here, but I had something to say to Tuberville and decided to say it in an email. I hope he reads it and takes it to heart. I think what I said in that email may very well be similar to what many Texas Tech red Raiders fans and alumni would say. So, without further rambling, here is my letter:

Tommy Tuberville, via Kirstie Sherman,

When the Texas Tech administration fired the previous coach, Mike Leach, for trumped-up charges to satisfy their yearlong desire to not follow through with the signed contract he was signed to, I though it was a positive that Tommy Tuberville was hired to replace him. Understand, I did not think he was necessarily a better coach, but one that would be able to take the exceptional returning players and lead them to a great year in 2010 and beyond.

Tommy Tuberville entered with flair, speaking of championships in a way that implied that Mike Leach did not strive for the same. Indeed, by emphasizing winning one game at-a-time, he made it clear that he wanted to win every game, including a championship game if reached. He was on the verge of that this year, I believe, and despite the fact he was no longer here to lead the team to that elusive goal, I felt Tuberville was highle capable of following up on that desire.

After six games into the 2010 season,I must say that I am highly disappointed in the "direction" Tuberville has led this team, as it is not toward a championship, but toward what could possibly be the worst record Tech has had in about two decades. He has been successful in taking a potential competitor for a national title and molded them into a bunch of below average out-of-sync individuals that would not know "TEAM", if it was spelled out for them. As a long-time Red Raider fan, former student and football fanatic, I am appalled at the destruction of a fine program that has been accomplished by Mr. Tuberville. He has come across as an arrogant, pompous, hard-headed fool-of-a-coach. I am highly upset that he has destroyed all that has been accomplished by Texas Tech football by Spike Dykes and Mike Leach.

I know I am not alone in saying that he cannot disclaim his wanton lust to destroy all Tech had going for them. Many fans and alums feel the same way. If he wants or desires to keep a supporting fan base for the Red Raiders, he needs to get off his high horse and start coaching up this team to succeed, not to continue implode.Should he fail to win four of the remaining six games, I will be among those that will seek his dismissal, along with all who thought it right to bring hi in to be Tech's football head coach. Obviously, those people, as well as Tuberville, did not want Tech to succeed, but wanted the Red Raiders to become the laughing stock of the conference and of the State of Texas. Shame on them. Shame on him. Shame on all who were involved in this deceptive attempt to derail the future of Texas Tech Football.

Many, many people were excited about this football season and where Texas Tech was headed. We were excited that a coach came in and wanted to win a championship. Why did he think he had to "turn the program around" to accomplish his desire for a championship? All of the tools, players AND coaches were there to achieve those goals. He tore apart the staff, brought in his "people" and proceeded to dismantle the top offensive system in college football over the last decade. How arrogant! How hateful! How STUPID!

I will continue to be a vocal and staunch supporter of Texas Tech athletics, especially the football team, but my support for the coaching has hit bottom. Turn this back around and head back into the same direction the program was going before Tuberville's arrival. Otherwise, you may lose much more than this fan. Much, much more. I would assume even the wealthiest of alums will start withholding monies they have previously allotted to Tech athletics. No one supports a loser. Especially one that PLANS on losing.


Lawrence K. Pilkinton

Former student at Texas Tech University

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors.</em>

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