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Draft of Tommy Tuberville's resignation speech


I took the liberty of drafting Tubs resignation speech that he will give shortly after the humiliating loss to Baylor.

 

On behalf of AD Hocutt, Chancellor Hance, President Bailey, and all of the Red Raider nation, I would like to take this chance today to announce my immediate resignation as head football coach of Texas Tech University. As much as I would have liked to stay another year, I understand that the program cannot take another year of failed promises, apathy among the students, talk of championships when there are none to show for, a defense that I tried to improve that went 3 steps back. I also apologize for ending this school's bowl eligibility streak, its reputation as an offensive juggernaut, and the overall attitude that surrounds the program.

I would also like to take this chance to say what I regret. My first mistake was overhauling the staff. Our offense would be humming along had I decided to keep Coach Riley, Coach Maguire, and basically the entire offensive staff. Also, I regret letting Bennie Wiley go. As you see, we have injuries left and right, and we seldom had serious injuries prior to my arrival and now I realize how foolish it was. Also, I believe I should have kept Coach McNeil. Being a defenisve coach, for continuity sake I believe that keeping him would have been for the best, and I could have used my decades as defensive guru to help our defense go to that next level, and also keep the continuity going, as Coach Ruff was making tremendous strides in helping our defense. I however fell victim to the arrogance of SEC superiority that we are the only ones that can play defense. However, my biggest regret is the micromanaging of this once potent offense. I apologize to the players last year who suffered embarassing defeats last year due to my obsession with running the football and controlling the clock. I also apologize for the blatant dishonesty I exhibited in my introductory press conference when I said the offense would not change, and if anything did, it would be subtle. I understand that Raider fans are smart enough to know when an offense has changed, especially when they have been watching it for 10 years. I hired my coordinators with the hope they would exhibit qualities to keep on winning, but Lubbock is a unique place, and it requires unique individuals. S

Speaking of unique individuals, I also apologize for the downplaying I consistently did of former Coach Mike Leach's accomplishments here. What he did here was not good, it was great. He built the best offense in the nation, and he did so with players that many schools even in this region would have never taken a look at. Nothing in his offense needed to be changed. It was as close to perfect as an offense could be. I am a running coach, and my previous experience with the spread was a disaster, so please forgive me for being hesitant to fully embrace it. This is also another reason why I believe moving on is the best thing to do. I like to win games 9-7. Tech expects 55-21 or 35-7, 41-38, or 39-33. Seeing this, I understand why moving on is the best policy.

Finally, I would like to apologize for two more things. First, I can understand how I would rub Raider fans the wrong way by doing things that were clearly unpopular and clearly wrong. I should have not went around changing everything and I should have known how insulting it is to the Raider nation, such as the Raider walk, the white helmets, running the ball, 3-4 defenses and the such. Also I apologize that Raider nation is torn to this day over what happened to my predecessor, and rightfully so. Even though, I did obtain this job with legitimacy, how it was made available was as far from legitimate as you can get. I am going to wrap this up by saying it was an honor to coach for this program, and the pleasure was all mine, and I wish my predecessor all the luck\

<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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