Did you forget about this? The only real story-line from Tech’s ugly 41-34 double overtime victory over Kansas last year was then-head coach Tommy Tuberville’s altercation with a graduate assistant on the sideline. The confrontation was originally reported as a slap to the face from coach Tuberville to Kevin Oliver after a botched special teams series resulted in a procedure penalty. Suffice it to say, tempers flared and Tuberville effectively sealed his legacy at Tech as one of the least popular coaches ever to lead the Red Raiders.
The Lubbock Avalanche Journal ran a story yesterday rehashing this incident with some new facts:
One side story to Texas Tech’s double-overtime victory last year against Kansas was then-coach Tommy Tuberville’s sideline blowup at a graduate assistant that netted him a reprimand from the Big 12 Conference.
Tuberville also was reprimanded by Tech, according to a document the Avalanche-Journal obtained in a recent open-records request.
In an angry outburst, Tuberville yanked the headset of Kevin Oliver, a graduate assistant still on the Tech staff, causing his cap and headset to come off.
Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt sent a two-paragraph memo to Tuberville three days after the game acknowledging the Big 12’s reprimand.
Hocutt also wrote, “As we have discussed, I hold all Texas Tech University coaches to the highest standards of behavior, including treating all of our student-athletes, coaches, and athletics department personnel with respect. We both agree that the incident on November 10 fell short of these standards; however, I do not believe it accurately reflects your outstanding character, nor your career-long commitment to teaching and coaching young men. Therefore, I am confident you understand that similar events cannot and will not occur in the future.”
Tuberville resigned as Tech’s coach after the regular season ended and now coaches at Cincinnati.
Tech and Kansas face each other again on Saturday.
Happy Thursday. Wreck KU!