December 8th, 2012 at 3:42 PM ^

Unlike his last job, Tuberville left before everyone wanted him out.  I think it was a great move.  Since the average amount of patience for a coach who doesn't win right now is three years, and it only takes one bad year after the first three to get fired at most schools lately, I am guessing that he felt like he had one or two years left at TTU.


December 8th, 2012 at 3:49 PM ^


Tech isn't that great a place to coach IMO. Besides the limited resources, it's no longer the #3 school in the state. I think Baylor, with RG3's Heisman, Art Briles contract extension, and the new stadium has surpassed Tech. I also think TCU, which is now in the Big XII, has passed Tech. So Tech is just not that great a place to coach because recruiting wise, it is less desirable. Lubbock isn't great either, and I know that neither Tuberville nor the Tech community embraced each other, so it's probably for the best. 

The move makes sense for Tuberville and Tech can find a coach that better fits them.


December 8th, 2012 at 4:04 PM ^

I think this is great for both Tommy and Cincinnati. Upgrade all around. I'm still suspicious of Butch Jones being a great coach. He's obviously good at maintaining a successful program but I'm not sure he's a stud that some people make him out to be.

the Glove

December 8th, 2012 at 4:16 PM ^

There might have been a little bit of grumbling because he bitch slapped a graduate assistant. Typically doesn't go over well when you're hitting students.


December 8th, 2012 at 4:23 PM ^

I'm not buying the idea that Tuberville left before he got thrown out of Lubbock.  That's not how coaches operate.  If they did, Rich Rod woud have got the heck out of Dodge in year 2 - it was pretty obvious his seat was going to be scorching hot in year 3.  As we all know, he stuck around, ended up fired and got a cool $1.5 as a parting gift.  

Are you really saying that leaving before he got fired - going to Cincy nonetheles - was worth foregoing a potential buyout "if", and that's a big "if", he got fired next year?

Tuberville is angry with someone in Lubbock  - the AD, the administration, or both.  That's got to be the reason for his lateral move to a Big East program.

Section 1

December 8th, 2012 at 4:37 PM ^

I hope you are right, Magnus.  As much as I despise Narduzzi, and as much as I really like Greg Mattison, I think a good case can be made that Narduzzi is the best Asst. Coach/Coordinator in the Big Ten.

I'd love to see Narduzzi gone.  I think he has been the one essential element in whatever success Sparty has had in the Dantonio era.

I'll happily be the first to congratulate you on this prediction if it turns out to be correct.


December 8th, 2012 at 4:49 PM ^

I'm on the other side where I don't mind him staying at MSU or moving onto another Big Ten school. I'd really like to see Big Ten schools retaining their talent. We need a better and deeper Big Ten from top to bottom. Obviously though, it's Sparty. We want them to do bad (or at least worse than us). But I'm pretty confident with the way things are going for us, that we will beat them consistently from here on out. I'd like for them to still be a respected program though that we can count on as a quality win. 

I don't know if this comes off as a controversial view point or not...


December 8th, 2012 at 5:32 PM ^

it was a "weird" move but think about what conference is easier to win. Now eventually the Big East will be absorbed into one of the super conferences but for now it is an easier path to a BCS bowl through Cincy.


December 8th, 2012 at 5:55 PM ^

"Now eventually the Big East will be absorbed into one of the super conferences"

That's already happened, one school at a time.

It's possible Cincinnati might be able to follow, though their stadium issues may be a problem they can't overcome. But the 2014 Big East isn't going to be absorbed, in toto, into a superconference.