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Smack talk: Tuberville reverses course, takes responsibility for sideline incident

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Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville was caught in a heated moment Saturday during an unexpectedly close game against Kansas when he slapped — or smacked, or forcefully swatted, or whatever you want to call it  — the headset and cap off an assistant on the sidelines after the Red Raiders were penalized for having 12 men on the field.

Cameras captured the whole thing. After the game, Tuberville offered a weak explanation of what happened.

“He was on the field, and I reached to grab him and pull him off,” Tuberville said. “When I pulled, I missed his shirt and I grabbed his (headset) and his microphone ripped off his head. I was trying to get him off the field. “He’s out on the field, and we’re trying to get him off. I missed his shoulder, and grabbed his … . It wasn’t anything to it.”

There are few things people hate more than liars. Not only was Tuberville out of line for laying his hands on an assistant of any kind, but his dishonesty afterward made the matter worse. Either Tuberville realized that himself or someone got in his ear (or he saw the video), because Tuberville completely reversed course Monday during his weekly press conference.

I have to hold myself to a higher standard,” Tuberville said. “It upset me, too. You don’t do things like that. [It was in the] heat of the battle.”

Tuberville, who was issued a public reprimand from the Big 12, added that he apologized to the assistant, but didn’t like the word “slap” being used to describe the incident.

Close enough, I guess.

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18 Responses to “Smack talk: Tuberville reverses course, takes responsibility for sideline incident”
  1. mydixienormus says: Nov 12, 2012 1:49 PM

    Was it a bitch slap or a pimp slap?

  2. bigjdve says: Nov 12, 2012 1:52 PM

    He does need to hold himself to a higher standard. obviously he isn’t right now.

    Why do people keep referring to football games as battles? I realize they can be considered as gladiatorial events, however since no one is dying, and in battles people die just ask any soldier.

  3. effjohntaylornorelation says: Nov 12, 2012 1:53 PM

    This is the same Tubberville that is attached to the scheme to defraud, right?

  4. fitz66 says: Nov 12, 2012 1:54 PM

    To me, that’s worse than anything Leach ever did. Craig James is appalled.

  5. vols84 says: Nov 12, 2012 2:08 PM

    What is in the water down in Lubbock?

  6. chmba says: Nov 12, 2012 2:15 PM

    Tuberville was a creep at Ole Miss and at Auburn!..Now he fits right in with the leadership at TT which caved to creep James family…they deserve him…unfortunately the fans do not!

  7. ukeone says: Nov 12, 2012 3:02 PM

    FIRE HIM!!!

  8. cranespy says: Nov 12, 2012 3:08 PM

    Will be interesting to see how this plays out. Leach didn’t survive the allegation against him, neither did Big Jim down at South Florida. On the other hand, Frank Beamer melted down on TV and DID survive.

  9. bill2018 says: Nov 12, 2012 5:10 PM

    Translation: I have no control over my emotions and hit someone. Then I lied about it. I was told by someone that it was caught on tape, looked bad, and there was no way out of it. So now I’m gonna lie again and tell everyone that I’m gonna hold myself to a higher standard. What a joke! The assistant should have punched him on the side line.

  10. florida727 says: Nov 12, 2012 5:43 PM

    Tuberville should have been terminated by the AD within minutes of the game ending. Problem is, with as much money at stake as there is in high-profile college football, the incident will be swept under the rug. Two weeks from now, there will be no statements issued, there will be no follow-up information provided, nor will there be any media coverage. If I were the assistant, I’d be seeking one heck of a “pay raise” and guaranteed long-term contract.

  11. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 12, 2012 5:45 PM

    If I did something like that to one of my subordinates I would be fired immediately and the company sued for creating a “hostile work environment.”

  12. thefiesty1 says: Nov 12, 2012 6:08 PM

    Whoops! Never mind.

  13. hor2012 says: Nov 12, 2012 6:10 PM

    I coached football at the playground level at the highest weight classification. Now, I’m not comparing coaching 12 and 13 year old kids to coaching in division one. But, there’s one thing that has to be at the forefront of conduct. You are suppose to be an example. That was totally unacceptable behavior. On another note I hope coach Tuberville realize just how lucky he his. I promise you I know some people who would have cleaned the sideline with him if he had done that to them. And, I include myself in that number. I don’t see how the university can let this go without some sort of discpline.

  14. normtide says: Nov 12, 2012 6:58 PM

    Tubbs name has come up in a number of coaching jobs. From Arkansas to Tennessee to Kentucky to even a return to auburn. I am waiting to see what the fallout from this will be.

  15. snccoach says: Nov 12, 2012 8:32 PM

    As a fellow coach, i’m getting tired of seeing coaches who think they’re tough because they wear a whistle or headset and are in a position of authority. If I was that GA I would kept my poise on the sideline, but would have returned the favor in the coaches locker room.

    This is the second week of coaching buffoonery. Last week it was the false bravado of the Florida strength coach shoving a Georgia player.

  16. ukeone says: Nov 13, 2012 2:13 AM

    It’s been reported that ol’ Tubby has been ‘reprimanded’ by the Big 12 for his action (which means that he probably got suspended from his golf-club membership for one day or maybe had to forfeit his ‘Chic-fil-a: free-sandwich on Friday’ coupon); and because he changed his mind & accepted responsibility, I’m almost certain that this is as far as his punishment will go. There goes my “GET FIRED” declaration! (I hope that assistant got ‘his coupon!’) Way to go, Tubb-ster!

  17. paperlions says: Nov 13, 2012 9:06 AM

    Well, someone has to be held to some standard….but that certainly doesn’t seem to happen in Lubbock. Mrs. Tubberville ran a red light at full speed and killed a guy….no charges were filed. Shocking.

    For the record, the water in Lubbock is very very hard, in general over 400 ppm, hard to drink. Everyone buys drinking water, which is available all around town for cheap.

  18. ruffino43 says: Nov 15, 2012 1:57 AM

    Let me get this right, Leach supposedly locks the Chancellors business partner’s son in a dark room and gets fired! Yet Tommy Flubberville slaps a graduate assistant on National Television, and lies about it to everyone. Decides later, after being told by everyone it is obvious what he meant, to take responsibility! Sounds like the I am not going to change our offensive style speech just before we ran the ball up the middle three times in a row against Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas State. I didn’t see him slap Neal Brown. Probably because Neal isn’t calling the shots. Hard to slap yourself even if justified. I’ll bet the Chancellor has no punishment for The Flubber!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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