Football

Tuberville named coach at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas — Tommy Tuberville was hired Saturday by Texas Tech to replace Mike Leach as the Red Raiders' coach.

The school announced the decision in a release and said Tuberville will be introduced Sunday.

Leach was fired last month amid allegations he mistreated a player who suffered a concussion.

Tuberville stepped down at Auburn in December 2008, ending a 10-year tenure that included a perfect season and a string of teams that contended for Southeastern Conference championships.

Tuberville, 55, was 85-40 at Auburn, including a 13-0 season in 2004 when the Tigers finished No. 2, won the SEC title for the first time in 15 years and Tuberville was named AP Coach of the Year.

Tuberville and his family were flying to Lubbock later Saturday, a person close to the decision to hire Tuberville told The Associated Press. The person was not authorized to discuss the decision and spoke on condition of anonymity.

No contract has been signed, the person said, but Tuberville and the university have "an agreement in principle in place."

Voice messages left on the cell phones of athletic director Gerald Myers and Kent Hance, the university system's chancellor, were not immediately returned Saturday.

Before coming to Auburn, Tuberville coached at Mississippi and compiled a 25-20 record in four years after inheriting a program under NCAA scholarship sanctions. He also spent a year as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M when the Aggies finished 10-0-1 and were among the nation's defensive leaders.

The only other candidate for the post was Ruffin McNeill, who was named interim head coach after Leach was fired and led the Red Raiders to a 41-31 win over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl.

Cards hire D-coordinator

LOUISVILLE — Louisville officially has a defensive coordinator.

Vance Bedford made the move from the University of Florida final on Saturday, joining new Cardinals coach Charlie Strong's staff.

Bedford worked with Strong at Florida, coaching cornerbacks the past two seasons. He previously worked as defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State from 2005-06.

Bedford's hiring moves Strong's staff closer to completion. He retained cornerbacks coach Larry Slade from Steve Kragthorpe's staff. On Tuesday he named Kenny Carter running backs coach, Jon Fabris defensive line coach and Pat Moorer strength and conditioning coach. He interviewed Georgia Tech linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary on Thursday.

Bedford joins new offensive coordinator Mike Sanford.

Trainer: Colt couldn't play

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas' football trainer said his staff could not clear quarterback Colt McCoy to return to the BCS championship game after he injured his right throwing shoulder in the Longhorns' 37-21 loss to Alabama.

Trainer Kenny Boyd said in a statement released by the school Saturday that McCoy "wanted to go back in the game ... (but) we couldn't clear him to do that."

McCoy was hurt on Texas' fifth play on offense and the NCAA career leader in victories (45) as a starting quarterback didn't take another snap in his final game. Freshman Garrett Gilbert played the rest of the game.

"Colt sustained a nerve injury involving his right shoulder that prevented him from returning to the game. The injury caused numbness and weakness in his arm that prevented him from throwing with the strength or accuracy he needed," Boyd said. "He wanted to go back into the game but with the weakness he was having in the shoulder, we couldn't clear him to do that."

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