Tuberville faces firing squad of questions from Dan Patrick

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Thursday December 13, 2012

Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 13, 2012

Tommy Tuberville faced a firing squad of questions from Dan Patrick this morning on the Dan Patrick Radio Show.

Patrick doesn't understand why coaches with big contract can just up & leave one program for another without penalty.

Tuberville first addressed the story that circulated Wednesday about his final recruiting dinner at Texas Tech. Tuberville attended a meal with Red Raiders recruits Friday night, and one particular recruit said this week that Tuberville left in the middle of dinner and never returned.

Tuberville's departure from the table had nothing to do with the fact he took the Cincinnati job the next day, he said Thursday morning on the Dan Patrick Show. Tuberville's first contact with the Bearcats didn't come until the next day, he said.

"My first contact was Saturday morning," said Tuberville.

"I wasn't saying bye to them because they were going to be there the next two days. I don't understand the significance," Tuberville said. "Sooner or later you have to get up and leave. You can't sit at the dinner table all night long. There wasn't anything to that. Most of these kids have never been recruited before. They might think the head coach is supposed to be around them 48 hours straight. That's not what happens."

Patrick asked Tuberville about his comment earlier this week on the Tim Brando Show that college coaches are "hired guns."

"This is a business," Tuberville said. "You're not going to retire like some of these guys have in the past. The whole deal, obviously there are problems. The universities survive no matter what happens, that's the bottom line. In every business people change jobs all the time. There are CEOs that leave. There are sportscasters that leave."

Most players don't come to a school for a coach but for the university, Tuberville said, noting that he could probably only name a handful of players that have ever signed with his team just to play for Tommy Tuberville.

He also said telling his Texas Tech players he was leaving was very difficult.

"I couldn't hardly talk to them," he said. "They'll be fine. They have a good coach coming in. It's a tough situation. It's like nothing you could think of in terms of how it tears you up. But, as I told them, that's life."

Tuberville explained, "You could probably sit down and look at Bret Bielema's situation and Mike Gundy's situation, there are always pluses and minuses about it.  I had a great time at Texas Tech.  There is nothing you can say.  It's just life.  In every business, people change jobs every once in a while.  I know you're saying it's about the kids and all that, but it's no different than working with people.  There are CEO's that leave.  There are sports casters that leave.  There are people that make decisions based on not just them and their families, but about their job."

"There's no perfect scenario.  There's just situations sometimes when you have to make a decision.  It wasn't about Texas Tech.  It wasn't about Cincinnati.  It wasn't about Auburn.  It wasn't about Ole Miss.  It's what you feel what's best for everybody involved and sometimes you have to make those decisions, and not just what's best for you but what's best for the team you just left."

"There are a lot of things that people don't see.  There's a lot of things there."



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