A couple weeks after dumping first-year defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has asked an old assistant to come run the Red Raiders defense.
TTU announced this evening that former North Carolina defensive coordinator Art Kaufman was joining Tuberville’s staff in the same capacity. Kaufman spent this year as the Tar Heels’ DC while Everett Withers was the team’s interim coach; prior to 2011, Kaufman spent the previous two seasons as UNC’s linebackers coach.
He also spent time at Ole Miss when Tuberville was the coach of the Rebels.
“I looked at a lot of candidates for this job but when it came down to it, I turned to a guy that I knew could get the job done,” said Tuberville. “Art is one of the best defensive coaches in the business and that is obvious when you take a look at the product he has put out on the field over the years. He has experience in the SEC, ACC and Conference USA and I know he will soon make his mark here in the Big 12. We are excited to have him on our staff and can’t wait to get to spring practice.”
Tech was 117th in scoring defense (39.25 ppg) and tied for 115th in total defense (485.6 ypg) this season; conversely, UNC was 55th and 49th in those respective categories under Kaufman this season.