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Tommy Tuberville to become the next coach at Cincinnati

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There’s a reason why coaching searches are part of the so-called silly season.

In a move equally as surprising — if not more so — than Bret Bielema to Arkansas, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has resigned and will take the same position at Cincinnati.

We’ll give you a moment to rub your eyes. first reported the news Saturday afternoon with Chris Level of later adding to the report. A Tech spokesperson confirmed to Nick Kosmider of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal a short time later. Cincinnati is set to make a formal announcement at 6:30 this evening.

The news comes just one day after former Bearcats coach Butch Jones resigned to take the same position at Tennessee. Tuberville has been TTU’s head coach since 2010 when he took over for Mike Leach. He has a 20-17 overall record in three seasons in Lubbock, but never seemed to quite fit in.

Now, Tuberville is on his way out.

On the flip side, Cincinnati is reversing trend. UC’s past three hires — Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly and Butch Jones — have all used their success to launch their careers into the next phase. Tuberville is a veteran that could bring some stability that’s been lacking over the past several years, even though the turnover has been the result of the program’s success.

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40 Responses to “Tommy Tuberville to become the next coach at Cincinnati”
  1. thegamecocker says: Dec 8, 2012 1:23 PM

    He might as well leave Tex Tech as he has done as much as he’s going to ever accomplish there this year! And I am pleased because Texas Tech deserves everything bad after what they did to Coach Mike Leach! They are dummies in Lubbock!

  2. jhorton83 says: Dec 8, 2012 1:26 PM

    How’s that post-Mike Leach era going for you, Texas Tech? Aren’t you glad you caved to that world-class douche Craig James and his petulant untalented brat of a kid?

  3. thekingdave says: Dec 8, 2012 1:29 PM

    Had to have been forced out. Kliff Kingsbury to TTU?

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 8, 2012 1:39 PM

    Hell I’d take a pay cut for the Cincy job if I was stuck in friggin Lubbock.

  5. mdac1012 says: Dec 8, 2012 1:45 PM

    Texas Tech to Cincy? Big 12 to the Big Mess? Cincy must have paid him a lot of $$ to make the move. They are going all in on getting picked up by a new conference.

  6. bender4700 says: Dec 8, 2012 1:45 PM


    I guess if you realize you’re likely going to be fired after the next season you might as well take a pretty good job considering the circumstances.

    Cincinnati very well could be in the Big XII in the next two years. So might prove bad for Texas Tech.

    So who does Texas Tech get? “Hey do you want to coach at a school that fired a guy who was doing great considering their program due to ESPN talking idiot Craig James, and the chance to have Texas and Oklahoma kick your butt every year and lose out to TCU in recruiting now that you can’t use ‘play in a big conference’ over TCU?”


  7. drummerhoff says: Dec 8, 2012 1:46 PM

    Who is the Cincy AD? What a great job he is doing without ant recognition.

  8. burm61 says: Dec 8, 2012 1:53 PM

    Texas Tech, meet Bobby Petrino. He is here to make sure you don’t go into SMU type of obscurity, until you atleast win something of course.

  9. bender4700 says: Dec 8, 2012 1:57 PM

    The issue with Petrino is he’s lied to his last 3 bosses.

    Lied to Louisville about interviewing with Auburn to replace his mentor who wasn’t even fired yet.

    Lied to Atlanta about staying and left leaving a typed up letter.

    Lied to Arkansas about the circumstances of his motorcycle accident.

    Texas Tech hires Petrino, they demonstrate that their leadership really has no idea what they are doing.

  10. thegamecocker says: Dec 8, 2012 2:06 PM


    Well, at least Patrino is consistent! If you ask him an important question and it requires a “Yes or No” answer, just take the opposite of what his response is and then you’ll know the truth. The man can coach but he cannot be trusted and I agree with your post. At best, he should “start over” at Ark St and work his way up from there. Someone posted Kliff Kingsbury name as a replacement for Tubbs. Might as well go after “Klem Kiddlehoffer” because what Mike Leach has forgetten, this guy has yet to learn. Hey Texas Tech: how’s that Mike Leach firing looking now? Dumb Asses.

  11. Deb says: Dec 8, 2012 2:13 PM

    Tech had a sword-swinging pirate for a coach and dumped him to satisfy an ESPN diva who played in the most corrupt football program on record. Or maybe you just dumped him over the money. Whatever … your program hasn’t been relevant since. Now even Tubby has left you for the Big East. Maybe he thinks it will be a stepping stone back to the SEC. Who knows? What goes around …

  12. bender4700 says: Dec 8, 2012 2:13 PM

    yeah but even his ability to coach is clouded.

    He did great at Louisville but did he really do anything more than other guys do at a mid-major school? Chris Petersen has done far more but has the same amount of trophies to show for it.

    He was terrible at Atlanta.

    He did have Arkansas winning and doing well, which is to his credit for sure. But how about them this year? Sure he was fired before the year started and that’s tough but they weren’t just a team without a leader, they were bad. Got humiliated against Alabama. I remember watching that game, and thinking there’s no way losing Petrino set them that far back to lose that badly.

    He is a good coach, but he gets lumped in with a lot of the best coaches, but he hasn’t won anything major.

  13. pf1977 says: Dec 8, 2012 2:18 PM

    something must have been going on behind the scenes at texas tech for him to leave for cincinnati. or maybe his family never really felt like they settled in lubbock? this does seem an odd move.

  14. jimbo75025 says: Dec 8, 2012 2:31 PM

    pf1977 says:
    Dec 8, 2012 2:18 PM
    something must have been going on behind the scenes at texas tech for him to leave for cincinnati. or maybe his family never really felt like they settled in lubbock? this does seem an odd move.

    Perhaps they will file a motion to move the criminal case against his wife from TX to Ohio? Perhaps the courts in Ohio are a bit more lenient?

  15. thegamecocker says: Dec 8, 2012 2:32 PM

    To all Texas Tech FANS:

    I think it is important for the fans to note the negative comments appearing on this blog are not directed at you. Rather they are directed at the bone head administration that fired Coach Leach. Unfortunately, the fans who pay good money to see their team play are the ones adversely effected by their stupidity! The AD, President, BOD, should all be FIRED!

  16. sparty0n says: Dec 8, 2012 2:33 PM

    Per Footballscoop, “former Louisville, Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino could join Tuberville’s staff as the offensive coordinator if he does not obtain a head coaching job”

  17. vanmorrissey says: Dec 8, 2012 2:40 PM

    Well, who wants to be stuck in Lubbock anyway unless you just can’t get enough brisket. Not a chili fan, but at least Cincy is closer to civilization. Lubbock is god awful nowhere. Sorry, that’s the way it is.

  18. burgandy2260 says: Dec 8, 2012 2:43 PM

    Lets not forget Tubbie’s side line slapping…whoops…I mean removal of an assistant’s head set caught on live TV. I’m sure the pending lawsuit settlement had Tubbie’s removal as a stip! Everybody wins!

  19. jhorton83 says: Dec 8, 2012 2:47 PM

    For those wondering why Tuberville would leave, it’s not exactly mysterious. He was going to be on the hot seat next year after 3 seasons of inconsistent mediocrity. Seth Doege isn’t coming back, so the chances of Texas Tech having a good season next year are slim to none, which likely leaves Tommy without a job at that point. With that in mind, moving to a new opportunity now makes a lot of sense in terms of job security.

  20. wvuandsteelers says: Dec 8, 2012 2:53 PM

    just remember that Texas Tech is who hired Bobby Knight after his various acts of stupidity, so I wouldn’t rule out Petrino entirely….or Butch Davis.

  21. thegamecocker says: Dec 8, 2012 3:01 PM

    Bobby Knight was an excellent coach and Tech was lucky to have him! You either respect the way he runs a program or you hate the guy. That’s just the way it is with some coaches. I respect the hell out of Bobby Knight and would have loved for any son of mine to play under him. He makes MEN out of boys. Every one is entitled to their opinion about Coach Knight but to me, he is a Hall of Fame coach and Hall of Fame PERSON.

  22. aglawman says: Dec 8, 2012 3:48 PM

    Kingsbury won’t take that dumpster fire of a job!!! Mark it.

  23. thefiesty1 says: Dec 8, 2012 3:59 PM

    Wow, I go out to clean the yard and two hours later this is posted. Other than his headset slap, he has been doing a decent job in Lubbock. Maybe they can get Mike Leach to come back. Ha! But tubby going to the Big Least is a shock. I guess he was disappointed that Auburn didn’t call him back.

  24. gorilladunk says: Dec 8, 2012 4:16 PM

    Easier for Tubbs to get to a BCS game at Cincinnati than at Tech. @gamecocker….Bobby Knight is a “Hall of Fame person”? I guess if you’re talking about the “Complete Jackass Hall of Fame” or the “Beligerant Blow Hard Hall of Fame” your assessment would be correct.

  25. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 8, 2012 4:29 PM

    For Tuberville it’s a whole new pool of fish to try to swindle out of their retirement funds!

  26. raysfan1 says: Dec 8, 2012 4:32 PM

    While this move was a surprise, I don’t think it’s a total shock either. TTU never seemed to fully warmup to him, and he did not seem like a very happy guy this year either.

  27. tuscaloosaguy says: Dec 8, 2012 4:39 PM

    Don’t forget it was “Ears/wingnut” Tuberville that Petrino was to replace @ awful-barn

  28. ericdinosaur says: Dec 8, 2012 5:04 PM

    Who woulda thought Cincy would pull this one off? Was he even rumored for this job? Thought they’d have to raid cent Michigan again or some MAC school.

  29. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 8, 2012 5:04 PM

    Tuberville’s days were numbered when he slapped the assistant. That being said, are we seeing the demise of the Big 12? Gundy looking for greener pastures in the SEC and not getting the Tennessee job. Tuberville taking a step down to a school that very well may be in the Big12? UT President Powers giving a vote of confidence to Mack Brown when he knows full well that the hiring and firing is done by Deloss?

    The Big 12 sure doesn’t act like a national conference.

  30. mazblast says: Dec 8, 2012 5:09 PM

    UC had to know exactly what was going on with Coach Jones to have moved so quickly in hiring Tuberville.

    And here’s a shout out to Butch Jones for never lying about interviewing for other positions. Jones said he wasn’t taking the Colorado job, and he was honest; nobody asked him about Tennessee.

    UC and my alma mater Xavier may be heated rivals in all other sports, but since X dropped football nearly 40 years ago (may the school President who supported that move continue to rot in Hell), I’m a UC fan in football. Good luck, Coach Jones, and welcome, Coach Tuberville.

  31. cometkazie says: Dec 8, 2012 6:08 PM

    Petrino did win the Sugar Bowl, beating tOSU, but not on the field.

    One of my physicians, an Auburn grad, told me during T’s last year, it appeared to him that he had significant back pain, but he seemed to leave that on the Plains.

  32. thegamecocker says: Dec 8, 2012 7:20 PM


    I’d be looking for a new physician.

  33. cometkazie says: Dec 8, 2012 7:55 PM

    GC: I moved and left him behind.

  34. metroplexfrog says: Dec 8, 2012 8:34 PM

    Tubs wasn’t doing much at Tech do why not go to Cincy.

  35. dolphins4 says: Dec 8, 2012 8:47 PM

    Butch Davis or Norv Turner would make a really good head coach at Texas Tech.

  36. gatorprof says: Dec 8, 2012 9:08 PM

    Maybe Tech can hire Craig James? After “leaving” ESPN for laughable senate bid, he is looking for work.

  37. tipstopten says: Dec 9, 2012 12:20 AM

    Coach at TT you will always bow down to the
    the bunch at Austin, good luck Tommy

  38. osage44 says: Dec 9, 2012 12:38 AM

    A great hire for the Bearcats. Tuberville is rock solid and made his bones in the SEC. He doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody. Texas Tech stupidly ran off one outstanding HC in Mike Leach, and have now done it again. And UC finally gets a coach who knows defense and won’t be looking for the next step up on the coaching ladder. I wonder how the clowns in Knoxville feel now after settling for Butch Jones when they could have hired a proven SEC winner in Tommy Tuberville. UC certainly got the better coach. Good for them. Good for Coach T.

  39. tendigitpoet says: Dec 9, 2012 8:41 AM

    @ cometkazie: tOSU’s win over Arkansas was vacated, which does not translate into a win for the Razorbacks.

  40. cometkazie says: Dec 9, 2012 4:23 PM

    Thanks, tgp. tOSU gets one less win but Ark still has the loss.

    I believe ‘Bama had to vacate some wins not too long ago, but it didn’t affect LSU’s record.

    Makes sense to me.

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