The Texas Tech coaching tree is all over the nation.
However, when they meet on the field, there often isn’t time to catch up. Such is the case with Ruffin McNeill and Kliff Kingsbury, who were both at Texas Tech from 2000-2002, according to Nicholas Talbot of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Kingsbury: it is great to see those guys like Ruffin but you get to the game and you don’t have a lot of time to reminisce
— Nicholas Ryan Talbot (@NicholasRTalbot) October 24, 2017
Ruffin McNeill is one of Lubbock’s favorite sons, a memory of a time from the Mike Leach era when coming to Lubbock was like entering a pirate’s cove. He was the linebackers coach at Texas Tech from 2000-2002, and was the assistant head coach from 2003-2006.
In 2007, after then-defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich stepped away from the job, McNeill was named the defensive coordinator, and remained there until Mike Leach was fired. He was named the interim head coach for Texas Tech’s bowl game against Michigan State, which the Red Raiders won by a score of 41-31. He was subsequently replaced by Tommy Tuberville.
Since then, McNeill has been the head coach at East Carolina, his alma mater, and is now with Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma.
McNeill is the assistant head coach at Oklahoma, and in the event that Kliff Kingsbury is fired, no matter what McNeill’s salary is or what promises he’s been given, it’s hard to believe that he won’t get at least a little bit of consideration.
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