Lubbock, Texas Tommy Tuberville said Saturday he’s bringing “new vigor” from his year away from coaching as he prepares to take the reins of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The university announced in a release earlier in the day that it had hired the 55-year-old former Mississippi and Auburn coach.
“After 25 years of coaching you need to recharge your batteries,” he said inside the lobby of his Lubbock hotel. “Last year being out was great for me. I’m fired up, looking forward to it.”
Tuberville was set to be introduced today.
He replaces Mike Leach, who 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.
He will inherit a proven spread offense two years after abandoning his attempt at implementing one midseason in his final year at Auburn in 2008. In 2000 Leach brought a pass-happy offense to Texas Tech that put up gaudy numbers in his spread offense. All but two of his quarterbacks led the nation in passing in his 10 seasons.
The time away from coaching last year led Tuberville to many schools, where he tried to stay tuned to how the game was evolving.
“I want to make sure I was in the days, times of what these kids want to play now in terms of offense and defense,” he said. “I learned.”
A person close to the Tuberville decision who was not authorized to discuss it told The Associated Press earlier Saturday that no contract has been signed but Tuberville and the university have “an agreement in principle in place.”
Tuberville 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 won the AP Coach of the Year award.
Trainer: McCoy couldn’t go
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 on 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.
The statement did not address McCoy’s prognosis for recovery before April’s NFL Draft.
Obama calls Texas coach
Austin, Texas — A Texas spokesman says President Barack Obama called Longhorns coach Mack Brown to congratulate him on the team’s season that ended with a 37-21 loss to Alabama in the BCS championship game. Obama called Alabama coach Nick Saban on Friday to congratulate him on the Crimson Tide’s title.
Rangers, Guerrero agree
Arlington, Texas — Vladimir Guerrero is switching sides in the AL West. Guerrero has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, opting to stay in the same division where he helped the Los Angeles Angels to five titles in the last six years.
Guerrero batted .295 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs in 100 games last season with the Angels, who lost to the New York Yankees in the AL championship series. The slugger is a .394 career hitter at Rangers Ballpark, with 14 homers and 33 RBIs in 50 games, and likely will serve as Texas’ primary designated hitter.
Carroll, Seahawks talking
Seattle — The chief executive of the Seattle Seahawks is headed to California to meet with Pete Carroll, as the struggling team closes in on a deal with the charismatic coach at Southern California.
A Seahawks spokesman confirmed Saturday night that team CEO Tod Leiweke will fly to Los Angeles today to interview Carroll for the coaching position and that the talks could last into Monday morning.
The Seahawks still do not have an agreement despite widespread reports, but are closing in on a coaching contract, according to a league official with direct knowledge of Seattle’s coaching search.
The official told The Associated Press Saturday the team is in “discussions” with Carroll and does not plan on giving him the additional title of president. The official added the Seahawks will hire a general manager and coach separately.
“No, they do not have an agreement. They are not there,” the official told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Seahawks are not commenting on how far talks have progressed. “(Seattle) would not name him GM or president — for obvious reasons.”
The last time the Seahawks gave a coach dual authority as a GM was in 1999, when they lured Mike Holmgren from Green Bay. By 2003, they had stripped Holmgren of the GM duties — and only after he was simply the coach did the franchise realize its finest seasons and make its only Super Bowl.
Kosar’s assets to be sold
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Former NFL and Miami Hurricanes quarterback Bernie Kosar will have his assets sold off. Court papers show that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Raymond B. Ray in Fort Lauderdale changed Kosar’s bankruptcy case to a liquidation, or Chapter 7.
Kosar listed $9.2 million in assets and $18.9 million in debt in court documents filed Sept. 23. He had filed for bankruptcy protection in June.
Manning wins fourth MVP
New York — Peyton Manning became the first player to win The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player honors four times. The Indianapolis Colts’ sensational quarterback romped to the award Saturday in balloting by 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. He got 391⁄2 votes to 71⁄2 for Drew Brees as only quarterbacks received any backing.
Manning adds the 2009 honors to the awards he won in 2003, 2004 and 2008, breaking a tie with Brett Favre at three MVPs.
The other votes went to San Diego’s Philip Rivers with two, and Minnesota’s Brett Favre with one.
Glover keeps SBS lead
Kapalua, Hawaii — Lucas Glover finally hit his stride when the wind shifted and finished with a birdie for a 2-under 71 that allowed him to stay in the lead at the SBS Championship. Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy surged two shots ahead until losing some momentum on the back nine and settled for 5-under 68 to finish one shot behind.
Gooden out for Mavericks
Dallas — Dallas Mavericks forwards Drew Gooden and Josh Howard ere out due to injuries Saturday night against the Utah Jazz.
Gooden sprained his right ring finger in that game and needed four stitches to close a cut on his chin. Howard sustained a left thigh contusion in Friday night’s 112-103 victory at San Antonio.
Davydenko stops Nadal
Doha, Qatar — Nikolay Davydenko saved two match points Saturday before rallying to upset second-ranked Rafael Nadal, 0-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4, on Saturday in the final of the Qatar Open.