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Tuberville in at Cincinnati, Impact at Kentucky?

In one of the most puzzling moves of the coaching carousel Tommy Tuberville was announced today as the new head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats. Why Tuberville would want to leave the Big 12 and the south to coach at one of the hardest jobs in college football is a head scratcher. I mean Lubbock is bad but is it bad enough to jump to a team that will be trapped in a dying conference? How much is that contract worth?

Normally I could care less about the Cincinnati coaching search but this one could impact Kentucky. Its no secret that Neal Brown, OC at Texas Tech, is up for the same job in Lexington. How will the move influence his decision? I can’t imagine Brown would pass on head coaching jobs or a spot in the SEC to remain with his current head coach at Cincy. Or will Brown be considered for the now vacant head coaching job at Tech? However, the entire process just ads another chapter to as the Coordinator turns. Hopefully we will know who will be running the offense sooner rather than later.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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43 Comments for Tuberville in at Cincinnati, Impact at Kentucky?

  1. Ukalum
    5:35 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Tuberville was feeling the heat on his coaching seat and left before being fired…again. I doubt TT would chose neal brown or vice versa after this has transpired. If brown doesn’t hear back from southern miss with a job offer he will be our new OC.

  2. Smokey
    5:39 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Per Football Scoop…Sources have also indicated to us that former Louisville, Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino could join Tuberville’s staff as the offensive coordinator if he does not obtain a head coaching job.

  3. kes
    5:43 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    uh, in case you havent noticed, uc’s football program is a hell of a lot BETTER than ours. tubberville will get a nice package and probably work there until he retires. he will be 59. that, plus the fact the AD at uc worked with him at auburn. and who knows, maybe the AD at cincy knows something about a move to a better conference, that we dont know about

  4. Dudej
    5:48 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone keeps saying they can’t believe Tuberville went to Cincy, dumb move, it’s puzzling, blah blah blah…Have you thought that just maybe he wasn’t happy at Texas Tech? Maybe he wanted something new? You know that people aren’t happy w/ their jobs and want to move on, looks to be the case here

  5. Sly
    5:49 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I believe Tuberville has family just north of Lawrenceburg, IN. Just outside Cincy, so he is getting closer to family. Although its a strange move, TT folks were blindsided by the move. I really doubt UC remains in the BE, look for a move soon as other conferences make their own jump. UC is supposed to also have a announcement tuesday about facility upgrades.
    1. Agree, I would think Neal is either HC or going to UK. Book it.

  6. UK Grad
    5:50 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    TT to Cincy Also adds tougher competition recruiting Ohio.

  7. Antlerse
    5:52 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    How much less could you care?

  8. Lives in Cincy
    5:53 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    He’s older. He’s been there, done that at Auburn. UC does not have the same expectations as other programs and they value a guy that will stick around (see Cronin with basketball – though he’s from Cincy). Dantonio, Kelly and now Jones have all jumped ship after not-so-lengthy tenures. This has been especially painful with Kelly and Jones. Not to mention the competition is less and if UC ever gets out of BE they could very well wind up in Big 12 to rival WVU. Net: loyalty and lower expectations. Do you really think he wants to move up the ranks to another Auburn-like program so he can be stressed out and losing his job in 3 years?

  9. You heard it here first
    5:54 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Kingsbury will be head coach at Texas Tech. Tuberville left instead of getting fired. This locks brown into coming to UK. Go cats!

  10. fireant
    5:55 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    He certainly will not be considered for the Texas Tech job. He will likely interview for a job at a smaller school but given his age and inexperience he is probably not going to get any HC jobs. Tubberville to Cincy is very good for UK.

  11. dave
    5:55 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    brown apparently not in top 4 for texas tech. briles, kingsbury, monken, kaufman (TT dc).
    looks like either he gets la tech or he coming to uk. who knows though

  12. Not Nerlens
    6:03 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    6 – This is my primary concern. I definitely didn’t want an establihed coach of Tuberville’s pedigree taking the UC job. However, after Brian Kelly and now Butch Jones, have left UC for greener pastures, I am not surprsed that UC decided against hiring an up and comer who would potentialy leave again in 3-4 years.

  13. Not Nerlens
    6:05 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I bet Sonny Dykes is a little dissapointed that he took the CAL job now. As a Texas Tech alum whose father is the winningest coach in Texas Tech history, this is a job that I am sure he wanted.

  14. Ukalum
    6:26 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    The effect on UK is that it speeds up browns decision due to him likely wanting some job security. Whether that means he comes to uk or not is anyone’s guess, but now that TT is coachless if brown does come to UK brown can bring as many staff members and TT recruits he can get to his new home.

  15. mores
    6:29 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Texas Tech and its athletic department are a tremendous wreck and Tuberville didn’t want any more of it. I’d have to be near-suicidal to want to become Cincinnati’s coach though. This might make recruiting Ohio tougher.

  16. mores
    6:30 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #13 yep, his agent more or less confirmed that with a statement today. Paraphrased: “these things are all about timing, and now Dykes is the coach at Cal.”

  17. Boo Tubberville
    6:34 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Tubberville doesn’t scare me at all. Seems like he gets run off every where he goes. Auburn couldn’t wait to get rid of him after going undefeated and being screwed out of a title. That should have raised some red flags. I’m just glad UK didn’t hire him I would rather have seen Mark Dixion from Hazard High as Tubberville.

  18. Joe
    6:35 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think this just pretty much confirms what we all knew but were afraid to say…UK football is doomed. Why this particular story demonstrates it would take volumes, but trust me it does…

    Bottom-Line: we must fire Barnhart and hire Bobby Petrino as our AD. Only a IU/UL-loving troll could not see this.


  19. yessir
    6:37 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Tx Tech’s AD held a meeting with the remaining coaches about the bowl game today. Two people who weren’t there: TommyT and Neal Brown. Pretty sure he is leaving there and hopefully winds up at UK.

  20. Joe
    6:44 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, someone mentioned Petrino as OC for Tuberville. Really? We say, “He got fired” at Arkansas, but didn’t he really get bought out? So why either Tuberville or Petrino take that idea seriously? Petrino has money. Tuberville would know that almost immediately his OC would be off somewhere to be an HC.

    Why would either Petrino or Tuberville even consider this idea of Petrino coming to Cincinnatti? Petrino doesn’t need the money and Tuberville doesn’t need the headache of replacing his OC in about 2-3 years.

  21. Floyd
    6:48 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t hurt UK recruiting at all. Tubs is OLD and set in his ways. Stoops will eventually own Cincy area; wait and see.

  22. JC
    6:54 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Off topic, but UCLA and Texas are terrible. Better play at the Marshall County Hoopsfest. UCLA may not make the NCAA with that recruiting class.

  23. Boo Tubberville
    7:04 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    UCLA is recruiting a PG atCordia High in Knott County Why no post about this kid. rhodrick Rhodes is the kids coach and former UL player Brandon Bender is mentoring the kid. UCLA and Arizona have both already offered him.

  24. Han
    7:24 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    22) Battle to see who can choke first. Barnes has a lot of practice, but Howland has been coming on strong ever since he made those Final Fours but couldn’t get a title.

    Howland needs the game more, because with last year’s news story, players leaving this year, and a ridiculous recruiting class, he needs a good year more.

  25. SeoulCat
    7:32 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    So, Andrew, tell us about how much less you could care.

  26. JC
    7:33 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I will stand corrected…..UCLA is bad and Texas is terrible. I would always feel confident as a coach if I looked across and saw Rick Barnes coaching my opponent.

  27. SoCal Will
    7:34 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Kind of wonder if the school that hired Bobby Knight after he was run out of Bloomington might hire Petrino now?

  28. Adds
    7:38 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink


    Don’t forget me. I hope Andrew will “ad” a dictionary to his Christmas wish list.

  29. UKBlue
    7:51 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s really strange why he would go to a team in a dead conference. Then again I guess someone can ask Charlie Strong what that feels like when UL gets left behind in the ACC after everyone leaves.

  30. Tej
    7:57 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    If I remember correctly, Petrino met with the Auburn AD at New Albany when Bobby was going behind Lou’s back to take Tuberville’s job. So, do you think Tuberville is going to hire Bobby as OC? Not likely.

  31. KT
    8:07 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Effect on KY? zero. Tuberville sucks.

  32. S man
    8:07 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think Tuberville is a puss! That’s why he left Texas tech.

  33. Booget
    8:12 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joker to WKU

  34. Mack
    8:13 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Just watched on Houston TV that the T. Tech AD stated that Tuberville told him last night that he was going to be at Tech looked forward to leading his program and received his call at 10:00 this morning that he was leaving. The T.T. alums I have seen today what the O.C. from A&M to return as H.C.

  35. Bigblueaces
    8:18 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    For the love of God…please proofread before posting

  36. Wildcat Willie Says
    8:23 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK OC DD(Dereck Dooley)

  37. Buckets
    8:24 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    So you’re saying you could care less? Why? Oh, you mean you couldn’t care less. Gotcha.

  38. Todd
    8:40 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    So are all of you English majors critiquing KSR posts because you can’t find a job anywhere else with that useless degree?

  39. ksr fan
    9:07 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I still think UK will get Brown. Possibly very soon.

  40. Stooooooooooooops
    9:50 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hope Tim Coach gets some kinda coaching position. Too bad the Browns had no Line or he could have been a good pro. He should be able to file charges on the team for attempted murder they tried to get my boy killed.

  41. UKJB40
    11:11 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Any chance of bringing in Jared Lorenzen as QB coach? He worked with Towles at Highlands. Has pro experience, played in pass-happy offense at UK. I’ll hang up and listen…

  42. Uncle Si
    12:28 am December 9, 2012 Permalink

    UC last 3 hires were coaches on their way up…this one is a coach on his way down.

  43. Sly
    8:36 am December 9, 2012 Permalink

    41. Nope to busy selling copiers. money is just too good 🙂
    21. Your are ate up, UK is just options. OSU still is king in Ohio. With Meyer at OSU, he will continue to get all first choices. But like florida, there are plenty of good players to go around. Just have to beat the other B10 schools for what is left.