December 27th, 2010 11:48 AM║ Posted By: MrSEC.com ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida
Tags: AU, James Willis, Tommy Tuberville, Tuberville Auburn
Texas Tech defensive coordinator James Willis is out in Lubbock. And it could be because he’s trying to get in to Gainesville.
According to The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Willis resigned his position yesterday. Why? Because he and head coach Tommy Tuberville had decided it would be best if he left. Why? Because Tuberville found out “through third parties” that Willis was talking with Will Muschamp about a job at Florida.
Muschamp and Willis both served on Tuberville’s Auburn staff. Muschamp was Tuberville’s defensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007. Willis was the linebackers coach at AU from ’06 through ’08. (He went on to serve as an assistant on Nick Saban’s national championship-winning staff at Alabama in 2009.)
But Willis didn’t exactly tear things up as the Red Raiders’ D-coordinator. Tech ranked 116th out of 120 FBS school in total defense. His unit ranked dead last in terms of pass defense.
In a statement, Tuberville wished “James the best of luck,” but you have to wonder what the coach thinks about his two old assistants chatting about a job… without ever giving him a courtesy call as a heads-up.
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