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Tommy Tuberville gets physical with graduate assistant on sidelines, knocks his headset off (video)

Nov 11, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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College football coaches behaving badly on the sidelines isn’t something new but I’ve never seen a head coach slap an assistant’s headset off.

During yesterday’s Texas Tech/Kansas game, head coach Tommy Tuberville was not too pleased with graduate assistant Kevin Oliver after the team was called for a twelve men on the field penalty in the third quarter.

As Oliver was trying to get a special teams player off the field during the flag, Tuberville’s anger at the penalty boiled over and caused him to knock Oliver’s headset off his head:


After the game, Tuberville explained his side of the story to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:

Asked if he was heated at Oliver, Tuberville said, “Well, not at him. We couldn’t get the right personnel. We got two back-to-back penalties. That’s what I was hot about.”

“But he’s standing out on the field and we’re trying to get him off, and the referee’s standing there,” Tuberville said. “I just pulled him off and missed his shoulder and grabbed his … I mean, it wasn’t anything to it. It was just one of those deals where I missed his shoulder and ended up grabbing the microphone on his headset and pulled it off.”


Tommy Tuberville gets physical with graduate assistant [USA Today]

  1. alligatorsnapper - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    If Tommy did not already have a reputation for physical violence, this may be a pass. but in lieu of his past, this is unacceptable. There is no place for physical violence apart from the playing field and the players acting within the rules. There is no place for physical violence of a coach on a player, or a coach on a coach–ever! Coach Tubberville should face repercussions from his AD/school and the conference.

  2. cubsin2049 - Nov 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    I heard another comment he made after the game:

    “Uh….no big deal. His head just got in the way. I mean, he’s a graduate assistant and he gets paid a ton of $$$ to take this abuse. Plus, if he says anything, I’ll fire him. Don’t know what the big deal was. At least our footballs were inflated. Now everybody move on.”