Texas Tech Football: Coach Tuberville Hits Assistant (Video)

Texas Tech Coach Tommy Tuberville Hits Assistant (Video)

11/12/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

Texas Tech squeaked by a pesky 1-9 Kansas team in overtime, 41-34, but the close-call performance wasn't what made the headlines following the game.Blog Photo - Texas Tech Football: Coach Tuberville Hits Assistant (Video)

Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville was seen striking graduate assistant Kevin Oliver upside the head after an offensive penalty, knocking off his hat and headset.

Tuberville was obviously pissed off, which led to much attention in during the post-game press conference and all over the internet.

"He was on the field, I reached to grab him and pull him off, and when I pulled I missed his shirt and I grabbed his facemask — or his microphone — and it just ripped off his head," Tuberville said. "I was trying to get him off the field."

Tuberville, 58, is not known for being hot-tempered, which is even more of a reason to be surprised by the footage.

Although there are no signs of punishment for the third-year coach (other than a moderate slap on the hand, I'm sure), he needs to gather himself and remember what happened to Mike Leach not too long ago.

And maybe get the poor kid he hit a clean hat.




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11/12/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

joealanjones wrote:
Is there anyone in the media who doesn't think that ripping the headphones off by the mic is the same thing as striking the poor kid? He clearly didn't hit the kid. He grabbed the mic and jerked the headset off.

Either way, I don't think it's a mature way to handle things. That right there is how you get fired. You don't swing at someone, whether your intention is to hit them or their "facemask." He needed to handle that differently and not embarrass the grad. asst. on national tv.

11/12/12   |   joealanjones

Is there anyone in the media who doesn't think that ripping the headphones off by the mic is the same thing as striking the poor kid? He clearly didn't hit the kid. He grabbed the mic and jerked the headset off.