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Tuberville has doubts about scheduling Alabama for home-and-home

Tommy Tuberville

Tommy Tuberville still wants a piece of Alabama. In fact, he wants two shots at the Crimson Tide if he can get it.

Tuberville, the head coach of Cincinnati and a former head coach at Auburn, added a spark to the talk of a potential Alabama-Cincinnati match-up during a recent radio interview, suggesting it is difficult to get schools to agree to play Cincinnati because the Bearcats want to lock up home-and-home deals.

“It’s just hard to get a team to say we’ll have a home-and-home with Cincinnati … it’s a little bit risky,” Tuberville said Tuesday on 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Alabama, as transcribed by “We’re just not going to be one of those teams that’s going to just go somewhere and play and not get a return game.”

Tuberville wants Alabama, but it sounds as though he is not getting the response he desires.

“I’m in charge of our schedule right now, so, I’m out there trying to find teams to play,” Tuberville said after being asked specifically about the possibility of playing Alabama. “Now would I be really fired up about (playing Alabama)? Probably not because it’d be a one-game match.”

And therein lies the problem with any potential Alabama-Cincinnati game, which had been rumored to be in the works for 2015. Alabama head coach Nick Saban has complained before about not being able to schedule games, and he has gone on record expressing interest in challenging schedules. Cincinnati may not fit the power conference profile, but they are certainly among the top of the rest of the crop. It is Tuberville’s goal to schedule games against elite opponents because that is the best way to take a shot at the playoff in the end.

“If we’re going to have a chance to get into the Big Dance, you’re going to have to play teams like that,” said Tuberville.

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11 Responses to “Tuberville has doubts about scheduling Alabama for home-and-home”
  1. wadaea says: Jul 8, 2014 5:01 PM

    Cincy is one of those teams that could ruin a whole season for saban

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 8, 2014 6:31 PM

    Combined score of these two games: 115 – 17

  3. Stephanie says: Jul 8, 2014 6:35 PM

    Yawn. Tuberville is last decade’s old news.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Jul 8, 2014 10:35 PM

    The face of the AAC. A long way from TV and Auburn…

  5. cincyfredo says: Jul 8, 2014 11:37 PM

    The game at Cincinnati would be close. Too close for ‘Bama comfort. Just like the Bucknuts won’t come down to Cincinnati and play. Bucknuts just paid Cincinnati like a $million dollars to come up to C-Bus and play. Urban Renewal don’t want no “tough” non-conf road games. Jimbo Delaney don’t want any Big10/12 non-conf tough games. Only way a Big 10/12 school can make it to final 4 is to be unbeaten.
    That means Bucknuts gotta keep playing Youngstown St., NW Louisana, Buffalo, Niagra Junior College, and Little Sisters of the Poor.
    Bucknuts NEVER play any tough non-conf games.

  6. irishdodger says: Jul 9, 2014 12:09 AM

    Based on the previous comments, no one thinks Cincy can compete….so why not play them? An AAC team brings a lot more credibility to a schedule than some FCS tomato can that no one wants to pay money to see. FCS teams shouldn’t count as wins on an FBS schedule. There’s plenty of cupcakes in D-1 FBS.

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jul 9, 2014 2:23 PM

    I assume you are including the Cincinnati versus tOSU on 9-27-14 in your string of weak teams they play. Va Tech is scheduled for 9-6-14 (not exactly the Little Sisters of the Poor). In recent years tOSU has played Texas, USC and Miami in home and home games. It’s rather hard to play Cincy in a home and home when the stadium is so small and is rarely sold out.

  8. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jul 9, 2014 2:24 PM

    My previous posting was meant for cincyfredo.

  9. rabiddog20 says: Jul 9, 2014 4:26 PM

    Not to mention the Buckeyes have Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas on future schedules over the next several years.

  10. coachbeck says: Jul 9, 2014 11:28 PM

    Cincy sells out lol. Come on buckeye fan gets your facts right. And there’s always Paul brown.

  11. coachbeck says: Jul 9, 2014 11:41 PM

    Buckeyes fill up with Youngstown state, MAC schools. They should be playing Cincy every year. But the fact is that OSU is worried to lose recruiting ground in southern ohio.

    Which is also why OSU blocks them from the big 10.

    Since we are all about correcting the record.

    Last time OSU came to Cincy they won on a bad call last drive of the game. The year OSU won it’s title. Since that one was close OSU decided to never return . They know what’s at stake.

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