LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As KCBD NewsChannel 11 Sports reported on Tuesday, Texas Tech head football coach Tommy Tuberville expressed, in an interview with rivals.com, his doubts of a 10 team Big 12 Conference lasting for several more years.
Because of those comments, Tuberville has been reprimanded by the Big 12 Friday, stating that his comments were a violation of the Big 12 Conference's Principles and Standards of Sportsmanship. Commissioner Dan Beebe says because of Tuberville's apology and only being a first time offense no further action will be taken.
Here is Commissioner Beebe's complete quote, courtesy of Big12sports.com:
"Tommy Tuberville's comments were unfortunate, and contrary to the very strong feelings of unity expressed publicly and privately by the Big 12 Board of Directors and athletic directors. Coach Tuberville has admitted that his comments do not reflect his true feelings of respect for the Conference, its leadership, and his excitement about its future and has apologized to the Conference and its members. In deciding to reprimand Coach Tuberville, I took into account that this is a first-time offense and that he has committed to adhere to the rules and contribute to strengthen the Conference. If not for these factors, a more significant penalty would be assessed, and will be if there are any future violations. I look forward to putting this matter behind us and working with Texas Tech and Coach Tuberville as we continue to build on the tremendous success of this Conference."