Tuberville Raise Annoys Texas Tech Faculty

Staff Report
The Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A $500,000-per-year pay raise recently awarded Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville through 2015 has angered Tech faculty members, who have been asked to take a pay freeze in 2011.

Facing an 8 percent state funding reduction and more funding cuts possibly in the offing, Tech officials killed $3 million in faculty raises for 2011.

However, Tuberville's new five-year, $11 million contract guarantees the coach at least $2 million per year. That's up from $1.5 million from the contract he signed in 2010.

Human Sciences Professor Julian Spallholz, a faculty senator, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that he would have been embarrassed to take the raise Tuberville accepted in the present budget climate.

Tuberville and Tech athletic director Gerald Myers declined to comment.