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.
Footballscoop.com first reported the news Saturday afternoon with Chris Level of RedRaiderSports.com 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.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.