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Tuberville Increasing the Talent Level at Tech

Tommy Tuberville may not be as much fun to watch -- for fans and media alike -- on and off the field as the Pirate on the South Plains was, but Red Raider fans may soon come to appreciate a somewhat duller coach who wins.

Tubs and Tech are following up a nice recruiting class with two stellar additions in just the last two days. Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Javares McRoy has been granted his release from Florida and will transfer to Tech where he will join his brother, Ben, who is a sophomore running back for the Red Raiders.


McRoy, a 4-star recruit, apparently didn't enjoy spring training with Charlie Weis at Florida.

This pickup comes on the heels of Texas Tech landing 5-star defensive tackle Delvon Simmons, of McKeesport, Pa. The 6-5, 265 defensive lineman is the #5 rated DT by Rivals. He had originally signed with North Carolina, but asked for his release when his position coach left. Simmons has signed a financial aid agreement with Texas Tech and he is believed to be the highest-rated prospect to end up in Lubbock.

I enjoyed the antics of Mike Leach as much as anyone but I never bought into the idea that under him Tech was a constant threat to win the Big 12. Leach padded his record with an annually pathetic non-conference schedule and was 48-32 (60%)in Big 12 play. In exactly half of his years as Tech the Red Raiders went 4-4 in league play. His predecessor, Spike Dykes was 19-13 in Big 12 action (59%).

Tuberville certainly isn't as colorful or as much good copy as Leach, but he is a much better recruiter and he could be a much bigger pain in the ass to the rest of the league on the field than Leach was.