In a quick and amazing turn of events orchestrated by Cincinnati AD Whit Babcock, the Bearcats named Tommy Tuberville as their new head football coach just one day after announcing Butch Jones was leaving to go to Tennessee.
The 58-year-old Tuberville has been a BCS head coach for seventeen years. While at Mississippi from 1995-1998, he compiled a 25-20 record qualifying for two bowl games. Tuberville then went to Auburn in 1999 and had a perfect season (13-0) in 2004. His overall record at Auburn was 85-40 with eight bowl games in ten seasons. Tuberville resigned from Auburn after the 2008 season and spent a year out of football before accepting the Texas Tech job in 2010. In Lubbock, Texas, the veteran head coach went 20-17 including a 7-5 season this year with the Red Raiders scheduled to appear in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 28.
Whit Babcock mentioned during yesterday’s press conference that if UC could get its new head coach in place soon enough, that coach might take over bowl preparation and coach in the Belk Bowl on December 27.
Cincinnati’s first bowl practice was today (Saturday) so Tuberville would appear to have time on his side if he wants to coach in the UC bowl game. The next scheduled practice isn’t until Thursday. This expeditious hire also gives UC a chance to salvage some of its 2013 recruiting class. With a quiet period scheduled to start on December 17, Tuberville and any assistants he plans to bring with him can get on the road and also start recruiting.