Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 12/8/12
In a surprising move, Cincinnati has hired Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville to replace Butch Jones. Tuberville was 20-17 in 3 seasons at Texas Tech. He also coached at Ole Miss and more famously at Auburn. He is 130-77 as a head coach. There is a press conference tonight at 6:30 to announce the hire.  I have to say, I am stunned by this move. It sounds like everyone at Texas Tech was stunned by this move. The Red Raiders opened the season 6-1 before losing 4 of 5 to end the year. But it wasn't like there was a hot season in Lubbock. All of the options of the next UC coach seemed to be up and coming guys, not someone with a lot of experience who was coaching a BCS conference school. We heard during the press conference yesterday that UC had a list and that they were going to move fast on it. Well they certainly did that. This seems like the splashy hire that a vocal part of the fan base wanted. There is word from Football Scoop is that Bobby Petrino might be on the Tuberville staff if he can't find a head coaching job. Given the way he is radioactive, this could be a slight possibility.  I am really surprised this happened. It seems like Tuberville couldn't wait to get out of Texas Tech, but hey, that's their problem now. He's a coach who has won in the past. He hasn't coached in the midwest before, so that is a bit of a concern. If he runs the wide open offense that Texas Tech ran this season, that would be nice for UC fans who like offense.  I am really surprised by this news. I'll have more later. How do we feel about it, Tommy?  I hope that was a fist pump. Let's pretend. 
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