Monday, February 21, 2011

Tuberville's Raise Ruffles Some Feathers At Texas Tech

Teaxas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville is getting a $500,000 raise from $1.5 million to $2 million. All fine and dandy except that faculty members at Tech aren't too happy about it. With state funding being cut there was a pay freeze for Texas Tech faculty members. So when Tuberville got his pay bump, they were pretty vocal about it.

"If that was me, I would have turned it down. I would have been embarrassed," said Julian Spallholz, a human sciences professor and Tech faculty senator

Well Mr. Spallholz, there was a promise made to Tuberville to get a raise since he was hired for what Tech calls "less than market value". So don't count on Tuberville giving any of that money back anytime soon. This may seem slanted but no one spends big money to come see you teach a class. So if you have a problem bring it up to school president Guy Bailey or athletic director Gerald Myers and I'm sure they'll be more than happy to tell you where you stand in the pecking order.

I know it seems priorities are in the wrong place when it comes to athletics vs. academics, but when these school presidents mingle with others they like to brag about how athletically competitive their school is, not how academically prestigious they are. I hate to say it but they better get used to it.

If Mike Leach was still coaching there they might have a full blown riot, considering he was racking up lots of wins and made the football team nationally relevant. His salary would've been astronomical and I'm sure that would've made the faculty even more upset than they are now.

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