CURRENT JOB: Head coach at Texas Tech
CURRENT ESTIMATED SALARY: $1.5 million
TIES TO UM: Tuberville was on Miami's coaching staff from 1986 - 1993, with his first two seasons as a grad assistant and his third as a volunteer assistant. He then served as the team's linebackers coach from 1989-1992 and the team's defensive coordinator in 1993. UM tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio coached under him at Ole Miss and Auburn. UM linebackers coach Micheal Barrow played for Tuberville.
WHAT MAKES HIM A GOOD CANDIDATE: Tuberville knows Miami. He knows the area, understands the culture, and played a role in Miami's success in the late 80's and early 90's. He coached what is widely considered the best trio of linebackers to ever play at Miami -- Barrow, Darrin Smith, and Jesse Armstead. Following his time at Miami, he spent one season as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M and the Aggies went unbeaten that season. He then spent the next 14 seasons as a head coach in the SEC -- four at Ole Miss and 10 at Auburn. He compiled a 110-60 record during those 14 seasons, including a 13-0 season in 2004. His Auburn teams won or shared the SEC West title in five of his 10 seasons there. His teams went 6-3 in bowl games. In his first season at Texas tech this year, the Red Raiders finished 7-5 in the regular season and will be playing in a New Year's Day bowl game. He proved to be a quality recruiter at Auburn. His first eight recruiting classes there produced 28 NFL draft picks, including five first rounders. Five of those 28 draft picks came from Florida, so he understands what it takes to recruit in the state of Florida.
WHY IT MAY BE UNLIKELY: Tuberville might be the oldest realistic candidate. The decision-makers may want new blood in here, someone without any previous coaching experience at Miami. While he was a solid head coach in the SEC, the only year he was able to win the conference is when he had the most talented team (2004). The Tigers had four first round draft picks the following April.
BOTTOM LINE: In his 10 seasons at Auburn, the Tigers produced the second most NFL players from the SEC West and they owned the second best record. He was solid at Auburn but only one time did he really take them to the next level. With his proven track record of recruiting at Ole Miss and Auburn, he'll likely recruit lots of talent here. Can he take them to the next level would be the biggest question.
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