Tommy Tuberville to be suspended for interaction with assistant?

November 13, 2012 – 2:04 am by Ryan Phillips

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville caused quite a stir on Saturday when he angrily ripped a headseat off of graduate assistant Kevin Oliver during the Red Raiders’ overtime win against Kansas. Tuberville was publicly reprimanded by the Big 12 conference for the incident, but there is a chance he could be suspended for the incident.

Following the game Tuberville said that he had just grabbed Oliver’s shoulder to move him off the field, which was an outright lie. But on Monday he was singing a different tune and seemed to admit that he was wrong.

Video of the incident after the jump.

Here is what he said during his press conference on Monday:

“After watching the film when I got home, it was obvious what a lot of people were upset about. It upset me too. You don’t do things like that, and it was obvious I reached up, grabbed his headset and pulled on it.”

“Heat of the battle, some things happen, and sometimes you’d like to take back. I can’t remember anything like that happening to me. But that was a tough game. We’re fighting hard. I’ve apologized to Kevin. We talked. Of course, we talked 30 seconds after that for the rest of the game, because I talk to him more on the head set than I do anybody else because he helps me chart special teams. I’ve got to hold myself to a higher regard than that, and I usually do.”

Tuberville’s admission of guilt could help him if the Big 12 decides to consider taking action against him. His statement Monday was a clear reversal of his stance from Saturday and made him look a whole lot better than he first did.

Still, some believe a suspension could come down if the Big 12 wants to send a message to its coaches. Remember, Tuberville is taking over for a guy who was run out of town for the way he treated his players.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Tommy Tuberville to be suspended for interaction with assistant?”

  2. He should be fired, if any boss conducted themselves taht way there would be a lawsuit..because he happens to be a football coach he can asault people and get away with it..

    By Linda Richard on Nov 13, 2012

  3. Coach Tubbs is a class act. He was when he was at Auburn University and I’m sure Texas Tech fans feel the same way ! He just lost it in the heat of the moment and I’m sure he realized it the instant after it happened. He has apologized and should not be continually persecuted for his mistake. He’s only human also ! Leave him the hell alone !

    By Don Wilson on Nov 13, 2012

  4. No Linda he shouldn’t be fired. He made a mistake in the heat of the battle and apologized. Are you so perfect! Good coaches are hard to find and he is one of the best. He who is without sin cast the first stone.Suspend? No! Giv’em hell Texas Tech……

    By Bojack on Nov 14, 2012

  5. Fire him! In the heat of the battle is no excuse. Would cops be forgiven for hitting an unarmed man on camera after a chase? Nope! They would call for their head and they would get in trouble! That guy committed a crime by hitting someone. Fire him! Criminal!!

    By Anna on Nov 15, 2012

  6. Heat of battle? This was a football game. no one’s life at stake here. Let him go and do it now.

    By Jesse on Nov 24, 2012

  7. Tubbs should be let go, not just for his “mistake” but also for the last 2 seasons. Last year he lost the last 5 games of the season and this year he lost the last 5 games of the season and yes that does include the so called “WIN” against an 0-8 Kansas team which was really not a win in double OT. Let him go now and go get Kliff Kingbury from A&M.

    By Michael on Nov 26, 2012

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