It is with great pride that my 100th post is to announce that Ruffin McNeill has been named the new Defensive Coordinator for Texas Tech.
Ruffin McNeill has been hired full-time as Texas Tech's defensive coordinator after having that role on an interim basis for the last nine games of the 2007 season. Tech head coach Mike Leach made the announcement Tuesday night.
"He did just a tremendous job all season, and then we improved in every defensive category the eight weeks he was in charge,'' Leach said. "He's a great example and counselor to the players as well as putting things together on the run. I think he's the best defensive coordinator in the country, so we're very proud to have him in that capacity.''
McNeill was a charter member of the staff Leach put together after he was hired in December 1999. The Lumberton, N.C., native previously has been a defensive coordinator at Appalachian State and Nevada-Las Vegas.