"It's actually really brought the players together, to be honest,'' Hyder said. "We understand now that coaches are going to come and go. Sometimes they leave. But we're still here playing.''
And there's a certain sense of unity in that.
"Yeah,'' Hyder said. "It's brought the team together in some ways because we're still here.''
Had those coordinators and head coaches been on the same page as far as philosophies go, the constant change might not have been difficult. But in those five years the Red Raiders have played a 4-3 scheme, then a 3-4, a 4-2-5, back to the 4-3 and now back to the 3-4 again.
Through it all, Tech has finally managed to improve its defense. This season the Red Raiders rank No. 21 in the country in total defense. Last year it was No. 38. The two years prior to that Tech ranked No. 114, which lends a clue as to why Tuberville fired his first two coordinators.
Hyder is certainly thriving in the latest system. The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder is playing end, tackle and nose at times, and last week he had nine tackles and two quarterback hurries in a 42-35 win over Iowa State. He leads the Big 12 in tackles for loss.
That and Tech's unbeaten record and national ranking are among the reasons Hyder is glad he stuck it out through all the changes, not that he ever considered doing anything else. Unlike his coaches, he never considered leaving.
"When I make decisions, I don't go back on them,'' Hyder said. "I felt like I gave my word to Tech and that's where I'm going to play, where I'm going to be at. I never thought - never hinted - about leaving.
"I chose Tech for a reason, and it wasn't the coaches. I chose it because of the atmosphere and the players I met.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.