Tommy Tuberville was introduced as Texas Tech's 14th head coach today in Lubbock.

Tuberville, 55, takes over a Texas Tech program looking to move past the Mike Leach saga. Leach was fired about two weeks ago for alleged mistreatment of player who had suffered a concussion.

Texas Tech beat Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 with defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill serving as head coach.

Tuberville, who took this past season off after resigning as Auburn's head coach after the 2008 season, says he'll keep Texas Tech's high-powered passing game.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Tuberville said. "I'm excited about the things, obviously, that have happened at Tech the last few years. There's a criteria here now that offensive football and the football in general is fun to watch. And I'm here to build on that, and I'm looking forward to that. It's going to be a great challenge."

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Tuberville's area on focus will be on improving the defense. One thing's clear: Tuberville will look to recruit his type of players. Tuberville said during today's press conference that he likes the three-man front. Texas Tech had played a four-main front under Leach.

Tuberville should know something about playing defense from his SEC days as the head coach at Mississippi and Auburn.

It's not clear who Tuberville will bring in for his coaching staff. But don't expect many of the holdovers from Leach's staff to stay.

Tuberville went 25-20 in four seasons at Mississippi. He had his greatest success with Auburn. The Tigers went 85-40 overall and 52-30 in the SEC in 10 seasons under Tuberville. Auburn went 13-0 in 2004, beating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl and finishing ranked No. 2 nationally in the final polls.