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.
Close enough, I guess.