Tuberville will coach Texas Tech

Texas Tech athletics department spokesman Chris Cook said Tuesday that Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, above, will visit with university and athletic department administrators as they search for a new head football coach.

Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville will be named the next football coach at Texas Tech, a source close to the search told's Ivan Maisel.

A news conference is scheduled for Sunday in Lubbock, Texas. Tuberville's family is flying to Lubbock Saturday night, according to the source.

Tuberville became a strong candidate when it was determined he would not insist on hiring his own staff, the source said. Tuberville also will not cost Tech a contract buyout.

Tuberville is expected to meet with Texas Tech staff before the news conference and then travel to Orlando, Fla., for the American Football Coaches Association convention, slated for Sunday-Wednesday.

Tuberville and Auburn parted ways in 2008 after his team went 5-7 in his 10th season at the school.

In 2004, Tuberville received national coach of the year awards after leading the Tigers to a 13-0 record.

Tuberville averaged 8.5 wins in his 10 seasons, taking Auburn to eight consecutive bowls. He also coached at Ole Miss.

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