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McNeil Leaving Texas Tech


LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Ruffin McNeill, the interim head coach after Texas Tech suspended and fired Mike Leach last month, is leaving the program. McNeill came to Texas Tech with Leach in 2000 and was the only other candidate for the head coaching job that was filled by Tommy Tuberville.

McNeill had been Texas Tech's defensive coordinator since 2007. Also not returning are inside receivers coach Lincoln Riley, running backs coach Clay McGuire, cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell and Eric Russell, who coordinated specials teams. Carlos Mainord, who coached the safeties, is retiring.

Tuberville is keeping offensive line coach Matt Moore and defensive ends coach Charlie Sadler. Dennis Simmon, who coached the wide receivers in Tech's high-flying offense, will work with the athletic department.