The University of Cincinnati named Tommy Tuberville, widely regarded as one of the top coaches and recruiters in the nation, its 41st head coach of the UC football team in December 2012 -- one day after three-year coach Butch Jones announced he was leaving for Tennessee.
Tuberville, a 17-year head coaching veteran, comes to Cincinnati after three years at Texas Tech, 10 seasons at Auburn and four at Ole Miss.
“Coach Tuberville’s record speaks for itself over the past 17 seasons,” UC director of athletics Whit Babcock told a few thousand fans who had gathered for the announcement inside UC’s Fifth Third Arena. “It also speaks volumes to the visibility and leadership of our university that we were able to attract such an accomplished coach to lead our program.”
Coach Tuberville and Babcock worked together at Auburn from 1999 to 2002.
“I was impressed with his leadership style, how he molded young men on and off the field, his recruiting and his family- centered values,” said Babcock. “I was also impressed with his knack for winning the big games.”
In three seasons in Lubbock, Texas, Tuberville led the Red Raiders to a 20-17 mark and a pair of bowl appearances. In 17 seasons as a head coach, he holds a 130-77 career record.
He coached one of the nation’s best offenses in 2012 as the Red Raiders finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in passing offense, No. 7 in passing efficiency and No. 21 in total offense, averaging 37.8 points per game.