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Pair of Tommys headline Tech’s wish list

According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers has a short list of four or five candidates who will likely interview to replace Mike Leach as the Red Raiders’ head coach.

Headlining the list? Tommy Tuberville and Tommy Bowden.

Tuberville’s name is not a surprise, but Bowden’s name being thrown into the mix is a first in the process.

Bowden was summarily dismissed from the Clemson job in 2008, and did not coach in 2009. It’s not a definite that he will get an interview, but Meyers says he is part of the discussion.

“There has been some talk about him,” Myers said, “but we have not made contact with him. I’m not saying we won’t, but we haven’t at this point.”

On the other hand, Tuberville will get what he desires -- a sit-down with Tech officials. According to the Avalanche-Journal, Tuberville will interview for the job on Wednesday. Lubbock media personality Chris Level, by way of SportsByBrooks.com, was the first to report Tuberville will definitely get an interview.

Tuberville would join interim coach Ruffin McNeill as the only known candidates to interview for the opening, although McNeill’s was informal in nature.

“He expressed some interest in the job, and we talked and we’re going to talk to him,” Myers said. “That’s about all I can comment on.”

Baylor head coach Art Briles and SMU head coach June Jones are also on Myers’ short list. Both coaches, however, have released statements stating their commitments to their current jobs but, apparently, Tech will still attempt to pry them away to some degree.