Provocative quotes are fine, but the fandom out on the South Plains of West Texas really wants to know if Tuberville can be as successful as Leach. In 10 years under Leach, Texas Tech routinely fielded the one of the nation’s most explosive offenses, posted 84 victories, made 10 bowl appearances and became nationally relevant. Tuberville has stated that his aim is to be even more successful than Leach. The fans are buying it, as Tech has set a record for season-ticket sales.
“You can win a lot of games the way Mike was doing it,” Tuberville said via phone recently. “But you can’t win championships. You have to run the ball and play defense to win championships.”