LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech defensive coordinator Lyle
Setencich stepped down Sunday, citing personal reasons in a move
that came a day after the Red Raiders lost to Oklahoma State 49-45.
Coach Mike Leach named assistant head coach Ruffin McNeill as
the interim defensive coordinator. Setencich, who was in his fifth
year as coordinator, will be assigned other duties by athletic
director Gerald Myers.
"We appreciate Lyle and the work he did for our program,"
Leach said. "We wish him and his family the best."
McNeill will coach the linebackers. Charlie Sadler, defensive
ends coach, will handle the defensive line, and duties for
defensive tackles and special teams will be split among the staff.
McNeill was defensive coordinator at Appalachian State and UNLV.
He coached the linebackers at Tech for three seasons from
Leach said after Saturday's game that his defense needed to
"work on having a burning desire to be tougher than the guy across
Oklahoma State had three rushers surpass 100 yards for the first
time in school history as the Cowboys gained 366 yards on the game.
The Cowboys also passed for 244 yards. Tech had 718 yards of total
offense in the loss.