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Cincinnati introduces new coach Tommy Tuberville

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The most bizarre coaching hire of the season came earlier today when it was announced that Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville would be leaving “smack-dab” (so to speak) in the middle of bowl preparation for the same job at Cincinnati. Tuberville never really fit in at TTU and his decision to move to a lesser job — sorry, Cincy — speaks volumes to just how uncomfortable he was in Lubbock.

On Saturday evening, Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock introduced Butch Jones‘ replacement.

“I’m very proud to welcome Tommy, Suzanne, Tucker and Troy into our Bearcats family,” Babcock said in a release. “Coach Tuberville’s record speaks for itself over the past 17 seasons. It also speaks volumes to the visibility and leadership of our University that we were able to attract such an accomplished coach to lead our program into the future.”

Tuberville downplayed any report that his relationship with the TTU administration was strained in his three years in Lubbock during his introductory press conference. However, Texas Tech admins were reportedly “blindsided” by the move.

“I had a great home in Lubbock, Texas,” Tuberville said. “The people of west Texas are great people, they love football. Our football team played hard. … But there was something when Whit called that I thought, ‘You know? Let me think about this.'”

Tuberville was 20-17 in three years with Texas Tech. He replaces Butch Jones, who resigned Friday to take the head coaching job at Tennessee.

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17 Responses to “Cincinnati introduces new coach Tommy Tuberville”
  1. rsmeans says: Dec 9, 2012 12:43 AM

    Tommy made a good choice. Cinn is a team with a future while no team in the Little 12 has much of a future with regards to winning championships.

  2. osage44 says: Dec 9, 2012 1:01 AM

    UC a “lesser job” than Texas Tech? Very debatable. Texas Tech is a good school, has a great atmosphere, and beautiful co-eds. And they love their football. But, for a HC, it offers little more than a healthy paycheck and the opportunity to lose recruiting battles and football games to that school in Austin. And Lubbock. UC has the more successful program, is friendlier to HCs, is situated right in the midst of the rich midwest/ southern recruiting grounds, and is not located in Lubbock.

  3. ningenito78 says: Dec 9, 2012 1:26 AM

    Texas Tech- Big 12
    Cincinnati- Big East

    Until that changes TT is a better job. It just is. However if/when Cincy gets out of that conference then it may be different.

  4. barbeaux says: Dec 9, 2012 1:43 AM

    I hear Cindy has terrible facilities etc

  5. rascalmanny says: Dec 9, 2012 2:36 AM

    I lived in Lubbock for 7 years because of my job and I was more than happy to leave it.

    I would laugh at listening to the fans and the local sports shows when they would go on and on about how Lubbock is “God’s country” and nowhere better.

    Not to mention there is a real arrogance at that school. Like they are really something. That, in itself, is funny.

    I’m not surprised that Tuberville is leaving. Tech just needs to hire somebody from Tech who loves Lubbock and thinks Lubbock is better than anywhere else in the world. Then they would fit in.

  6. bender4700 says: Dec 9, 2012 2:52 AM

    the part he left out: (inner monologue)

    “when I thought about it, and realized I was going to be fired this time next year. I figured why not take a lesser job, since the Big East is not the Big XII, I could take this gig. That way I don’t have to become an assistant when Tech fires me. Plus west Texas isn’t exactly awesome. I mean at least Ohio is pretty nice. Plus in the Big East I can hide that I haven’t really done anything of note. I did go undefeated one year but that was before the SEC jumped into the driver’s seat. I get us to an Orange Bowl once they’ll put a statue of me up, if I don’t take another job. Which I will. So in all, I totally won this one. I mean, I took a job in the Big Unstable and voluntarily left the state of Texas recruiting and ensured no kid from the south would entertain my offers. Unless I schedule some southern games. Brian Kelly won here, well sorta, he “won” in Big East standards. I’m sure I won’t regret this. No. I won’t. I’m sure I made the right move….. aw crap!”

  7. jimbo75025 says: Dec 9, 2012 4:38 AM

    rascalmanny says:
    Dec 9, 2012 2:36 AM
    who loves Lubbock and thinks Lubbock is better than anywhere else in the world. Then they would fit in.
    Well, Mike Leach seemed to like it there just fine and declined a few chances to leave. Then of course, ESPN allowed Craig James to use his broadcasting job as a soapbox. In the span of a few weeks, Texas Tech went from an up and comer to an afterthought program.

  8. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 9, 2012 6:18 AM

    East, west, doesn’t matter…you have one hell of a reputation to outrun Tommy boy.

  9. 32stork says: Dec 9, 2012 9:23 AM

    Remember the name Mike Leach, TTU Admin losers?
    Tuberville is a nobody and Craig James is nowhere to be found.

    How smart are you now??? Morons.

  10. chmba says: Dec 9, 2012 9:44 AM

    TTU got what they deserved in Tuberville when they let the James Gang hijack the program. Tuberville is the same guy as when he screwed up the Ole Miss program; same guy the President of Auburn wanted to fire after 1 year because he figured TT out (they fired president instead) and kept the fake courses; and same guy who collected fat salary from TTU for 3 years and did basically nothing. Cincy is clearly a step down for a coach from SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, Big 10, ACC…TT probably still in over his head!

  11. baller2 says: Dec 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    Glad to see the good old boy network is still running strong.
    There was no better choice out there than this guy???????

  12. thegamecocker says: Dec 9, 2012 12:45 PM

    You now have a great coach! You’re on drugs! Tubs is a SEC caliber coach! Wake up! He’s better than anyone you’ve ever had!

  13. kozbee says: Dec 9, 2012 1:23 PM

    Tuber is a good coach and recruiter and will be the best rebuilding coach Cinc will find.Hope Tommy does well as a HC and wish him well.

  14. patbocam says: Dec 9, 2012 2:32 PM

    I was one of the Auburn fans who scratched his head when “we” fired Tubbs and hired cheese-dick. Tubbs beat Bama 6 years in a row, had a winning record in bowl games, went undefeated and should have played in the BCS championship in 2004, & is the only coach with a winning record against nick saban. Yet the powers at be got scared about Nicky building an empire at bama and pulled the plug on Tubbs. It was all Pat Dye’s doing. He never liked Tubbs and wanted a coach in place that he could manipulate. Enter Chizik. Dye brought back all of auburns old cheating ways and began hauling in top 5 recruiting classes. Character was never something the coaches cared about. Almost half of ALL the recruits chiz and his staff brought to the Plains have either been kicked off the team, quit, never made the grades to play or have been killed, oh and lots & lts arrested. I am a huge Auburn fan but pat dye is killing our school and needs to be removed from any role regarding the athletic program. I sure hope Gus will do us right and bring pride back to the state. I think Tubbs is a very good coach and cincy is lucky to have him while they do. He will be back in the SEC one day.

  15. thegamecocker says: Dec 9, 2012 2:46 PM


    Before Chizik, I used to admire Auburn. I once called Paul Feinbaum when he first started his Sirius Radio Program to speak with him about the great Shug Jordan and the great teams he had and of course Tommy Tubberville’s teams. Paul was not a Tubbs fan near the end of his stay at Auburn but he had some great teams and dominated the Tide for many years. Don’t misunderstand me: I liked Alabama as well with the Bear and later with some of their other teams. Anyway, along comes Chizek and his caravan’s. And Auburn lost its way allowing NON-STUDENT/athlete’s including Cam Newton! I know you and I may disagree but he exemplified ALL THAT IS BAD in college athletics. Dismissed from Florida for STEALING, LYING, AND CHEATING. Ok, enough about that scoundrel and his “pastard” father. At least you realize the error of Auburn’s ways and know more about the politics than me. Pat Dye had some great teams and does have more influence in the program than he should and he’s not fooling anyone anymore, least of all the listeners of his time on the Finebaum show. Hope Malzahn rights the ship with CHACTER and INTEGRITY! Start by ridding that punk O-lineman who was shot during the summer. That jerk is a trouble maker who never panned out anyway!

  16. corvusrex96 says: Dec 9, 2012 3:11 PM

    The only measures of which is the “better” HC job really are 1) dollars per year and 2) number of years remaining on the contract.

    Signing up for Cincy was worth more that what he had remaining at TTU

  17. Deb says: Dec 9, 2012 6:50 PM

    @patbocam …

    I’m a Bama fan and can’t stand Tubby … because of his win record against us. So I was a little surprised by his firing, too. But Malzahn’s off to a good start in his house-cleaning by firing Trooper Taylor. Tuberville didn’t seem to fit in well at Tech … but it would be hard for an SEC coach who’s used to dividing the bounty to handle tithing to Texas–even though that situation has improved somewhat. Cincinnati may work out well for him. Tech’s getting what it deserves for firing Leach. I hope the old pirate is kicking back with a cigar and a BIG smile watching all this unfold 😀

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