UPDATE: Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville was on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday attempting to clear up the rumors about his departure from dinner with Texas Tech recruits.
"Nobody asked me about my future at Texas Tech...there was no talk about that...none." Tuberville on Tech recruits asking about his future.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) December 13, 2012
"We sat down..we ate...we finished eating. I left. Sooner or later you have to get up leave." Tommy Tuberville @dpshow— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) December 13, 2012
This is really turning into an awkward story. It is unclear what will come next, but check back for more info surrounding this strange situation.
UPDATE: Paul Dehner Jr. of GoBearcats.com tweeted that the reports of Tuberville leaving dinner are false, according to the University of Cincinnati. Here is his tweet:
Tommy Tuberville, UC clarify reports of the coach leaving dinner w/ recruits for Cincinnati are completely false.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 12, 2012
Now would be time for the reporter to fire back, or let this scandal fall away in the wind.
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Tommy Tuberville has never been a smooth operator when it comes to leaving schools, but his dumping of Texas Tech took the most awkward turn late Tuesday night.
Landon Wright of Wreckem247 on the 247Sports network released a report about Tuberville’s final recruiting dinner in Lubbock.
Devonte Danzy of Hutchinson Community College told the Texas Tech 247sports reporter this about the visit:
The waitress brought our food out, and we thought (Tuberville) went to the bathroom, but he never came back to dinner. Then next thing I know, the next day, he made an announcement that he’s going to Cincinnati.
Yep, you read that right. According to Danzy, Tuberville was at the dinner, and then poof—he vanished into the shadows.
Later in the report it mentions that no one knew what happened to Tuberville at the dinner until the next morning when the news was released that he had bolted for Cincinnati.
While I don’t think that it would have been wise to stick around and continue to recruit, there had to be a better way to exit that situation. All signs point to Tuberville wanting out of Lubbock for one reason or another, but this was a nasty move.
Looking back, his dumping of recruits at the table isn’t really a surprise. When he left Ole Miss for Auburn he did it under a shroud of controversy. Days before he left for Auburn, Tuberville told the Ole Miss people that “They’ll have to carry me out of here in a pine box.”
Was this bad, or typical for a FBS head coach?
Instead, he rode off into the sunset on his way to the Plains and a very successful 10 years of coaching at the Rebels' SEC division rival Auburn.
Tuberville is a nice guy on the surface, but at the end of the day, he is no different than any other coach in the game. Money talks and situations matter.
As soon as he had the chance, Tuberville bolted. Is Cincinnati where he wants to be for the next 15 years?
That seems doubtful.
He was so eager to get out of Lubbock, Tuberville ended his Red Raiders run with guns up and a dine and dash.