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Tuberville in Tyler talking Big 12

One year ago, it looked as if the Big 12 was over.

Somehow it survived, and may just be getting better.

At least Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville thinks so.

"We had to have the toughest league from top to bottom in the country," said Tuberville, "You can talk about the SEC, they had a couple of teams, but we had 7 or 8 that could beat anybody."

Tuberville was in Tyler for the annual JL Gulley Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by the Tech alumni of East Texas.

One year ago, it looked as if the Red Raiders would be without a conference.

Texas A&M and Missouri had left to join the SEC and other schools were flirting with moving as well.

In the end, the conference stayed together, and added perennial national powers TCU and West Virginia to the league.

"It's been fun to watch this thing grow and materialize and now it looks like we've got other people wanting to come to our league instead of everyone else leaving," said Tuberville, "It's come a long way in the last 12 months, I never dreamed it would be like this."

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