Just one day after Bearcat’s ex-head football coach Butch Jones announced his resignation after accepting an offer from Tennessee, Cincinnati has inked his replacement. The University is set to announce that Tommy Tuberville is leaving his position at Texas Tech to take over the vacancy.
Tuberville started his college coaching career as a defensive end/linebacker coach at Arkansas State in 1980, before becoming the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M in 1994. He made the move to assistant head coach at Miami University of Florida from 1986-1993 and received his first head coaching job at Ole Miss in 1995. After spending three years with the Rebels, he found a new home coaching Auburn University from 1999-2008.
Tommy Tuberville took over the Texas Tech head coaching job in 2010 and is 20-17 in his career with the Red Raiders. In his tenure as head coach since 1995, Tuberville is 130-77, leading his teams to 10 bowl games in which he holds a 7-3 record.
Though, many are scratching their heads over Tuberville’s move to the north, the new Bearcat head coach will be welcomed with open arms. He has a working relationship with Cincinnati’s athletic director, Whit Babcock. The two worked together when Tommy was the head coach at Auburn and Babock was the assistant athletics director of development.
He also brings something the past the head coaches didn’t have when they came to UC; Tuberville isn’t trying to start his career or build his resume like Dantonio, Kelly, and Jones were. He has already been coaching for 17 years and seems to have a steady track record.
Whether this relationship proves promising for the Bearcats in the long term is still to be seen. However, Tuberville has the ability to win and build dynamic teams. He has a great recruiting reputation and Cincinnati will reap the benefits of the new coach.