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CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 5:  Head Coach Tommy Tuberville of the Cincinnati Bearcats walks off of the field after calling a timeout during the fourth quarter of the game against the BYU Cougars at Nippert Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. BYU defeated Cincinnati 20-3. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Tommy Tuberville apologizes for his postgame outburst at fan


The 2016 season has been a frustrating one for Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville. After losing at home against BYU this weekend, Tuberville let his emotions get the best of him when he made the unfortunate decision to lash out a fan who was hurling insults in his direction as the coach walked off the field.

“Hey, go to Hell,” Tuberville yelled. “Get a job. Get a job!

It wasn’t a great look, but Tuberville took time on Monday to make sure he addressed it with an apology before turning the page to move on to what’s next for the Bearcats.

“I don’t like losing any more than our fans, donors, players and supporters,” Tuberville said in a statement released via Twitter. “Emotions can get the best of us. I had a regrettable outburst at a moment of great frustration. I apologize for that and we will fix it.”

Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn also released a statement about the incident on Sunday, claiming Tuberville was in a no-win situation.

Cincinnati is 4-5 and just 1-4 in the AAC this season, putting the program at risk of missing the postseason bowl fun for the first time since 2010.

Cincinnati releases statement regarding Tommy Tuberville’s interaction with a fan

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Tommy Tuberville the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats wathches the action against the East Carolina Pirates during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati lost 20-3 to BYU on Saturday, and afterward Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville got into it with a fan.

A day later, Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn has released this statement on the incident:

“Coach Tuberville was put in a no-win situation in front of his team last night which resulted in an out of character response for him. He expressed frustrations from an emotional game. Our team, led by our seniors, is fully engaged with coach and his staff to fight to the finish.”

While our society has become overly litigious and punitive on matters such as these — and, to be clear, a suspension or anything of the like would have been incredibly overwrought from Cincinnati — it’s a bit striking to see the head of Cincinnati athletics writing off its most visible employee telling a paying customer to “go to hell” by saying he “expressed frustrations from an emotional game.”

It’s been a frustrating and emotional season for Tuberville and the Bearcats. They sit at just 4-5 and 1-4 in AAC play, needing to upset two of Central Florida, Memphis or Tulsa to avoid the program’s first bowl-less season since 2010.

WATCH & LISTEN: Tommy Tuberville tells heckling fan to ‘go to hell… get a job’

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 5:  Head Coach Tommy Tuberville of the Cincinnati Bearcats walks off of the field after calling a timeout during the fourth quarter of the game against the BYU Cougars at Nippert Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. BYU defeated Cincinnati 20-3. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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It’s been a rough year for Tommy Tuberville in Cincinnati.

After starting the season 2-0, the Bearcats have lost five of the last seven. All five of those losses have come by double-digits, including the 20-3 setback to BYU Saturday.

Following the latest loss, the frustrations for Tuberville came to a boil as a heckler got the head coach to respond to his from-the-stand barbs, and respond the coach did.

As best as I could tell, the heckler was accusing Tuberville of stealing from the university and imploring him to retire. And, as this game was played in Cincinnati, one could only assume that the heckler was a Bearcat fan frustrated with the performance of his football program.

In his four seasons at UC, Tuberville has guided the Bearcats to a 29-18 record. While they’ve qualified for a bowl the first three seasons, they’ve also lost all three of those postseason games.

According to USA Today‘s 2016 coaching salary database, Tuberville is set to make $2.2 million this season, second only to Houston’s Tom Herman ($3 million) in the conference. After the first Saturday in November, the Bearcats sit fifth in the six-team AAC East.

Jamaal Williams ‘should be good to go’ for BYU vs. Cincinnati

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 08: Jamaal Williams #21 of the Brigham Young Cougars celebrates a win over the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 8, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Brigham Young defeated Michigan State 31-14. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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After a brief absence, BYU should have its all-time leading rusher back off the sidelines and back on the field in Week 10.

Somewhat surprisingly, Jamaal Williams did not play in BYU’s Week 8 loss to Boise State because of an ankle injury.  BYU’s bye appears to have come at the perfect time as, after having Week 9 off, all signs are pointing to Williams playing in the road game against Cincinnati.

“It seemed like a long time, but it came at the right time, I think, for us,” head coach Kalani Sitake said Monday of the bye weekend. “So I think the timing works out perfectly for us — especially in trying to get our main guy healthy. …

“I think it’s going to be huge for [Williams], and his development, and his progression in becoming 100 percent. … He should be good to go.”

Williams currently leads the Cougars in rushing yards (942), rushing touchdowns (10) and yards per carry (5.7).  He’s now ninth nationally in rushing yards but is fifth in rushing yards per game at 133.6.

In the Oct. 14 win over Mississippi State, Williams broke Harvey Unga‘s school record of 3,455 yards rushing.

Houston, BYU, UConn and others release statements on Big 12 non-expansion

PROVO, UT - OCTOBER 14: General view of LaVell Edwards Stadium and the field logo before the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Brigham Young Cougars on October 14, 2016 in Provo Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The Big 12 officially announced on Monday evening that the league would not be expanding and will not add any universities to the conference.

The news puts an end to a rather lengthy process that involved nearly every school outside of the Power Five in some form or fashion. As the result of the decision, many of those programs rumored to be on the Big 12’s short list released statements on the matter.

Here’s BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe:

“The announcement by the Big 12 Conference against expansion is not unexpected and is indicative of the volatile world of college athletics administration,” UConn president Susan Herbst said in a statement, while also releasing the promotional materials the school used in their pitch to the Big 12. “While I am sure many in our community are nervous about what this means for our future, I am confident that we have put our best foot forward in considerable effort to demonstrate how we currently operate our university and athletics programs at a ‘Power 5’ level and will continue to do so.”

“The Big 12’s decision in no way changes the mission of the University of Houston that began long before there was talk of conference expansion. UH is a diverse Tier One research institution that is on the move,” Cougars president Renu Khator said in a statement. “We remain committed to strengthening our nationally competitive programs in academics and athletics that allow  our student-athletes to compete on a national stage. We are confident that in this competitive athletics landscape, an established program with a history of winning championships and a demonstrated commitment to talent and facilities in the nation’s fourth largest city will find its rightful place. Our destiny belongs to us.”

Even South Florida released a statement on Monday after the Big 12 Board of Directors meeting.

“We are on a path to greatness at USF, reminding everyone in the Bulls Family why we are proud of who we are, how far we have come and what lies ahead,” athletic director Mark Harlan said. “Our student-athletes, coaches, staff, donors, alumni, fans and community members have propelled our program to profound success in recent years in the American Athletic Conference and I am confident that they will continue to do so in the future.”

The news that the Big 12 would not expand is no doubt disappointing for many fans from everywhere from Provo to Storrs to Houston to Tampa.

While administrators had a much more realistic idea of the process and what the eventual outcome was going to be, one thing everybody can agree on is to be thankful that this dog and pony show of Big 12 expansion is finally over.