Tuberville resigns; interim coach to be selected 'in short order'

Published: Dec. 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2014 at 4:53 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Tommy Tuberville has resigned as head coach of Texas Tech football.

Multiple sources confirm that he's accepted the head coaching position in Cincinnati.

The Texas Tech players, just as surprised as everyone else, expressed their frustration on Twitter.

Jace Amaro said, "Never felt more anger in my life, I vow, I swear, I will do everything I can next year, and Texas Tech will win the Big XII championship."

Cody Davis says, "Can't believe what just happened... Feel sorry for the young guys. Been through this before and it is not a fun process."

Clayton Nicholas tweeted, "So confused right now.. #decisions."

Sadale Foster said, "I can't believe he just did that."

But Kenny Williams is ready to help.

"I'll be the head coach don't even worry about it guys," he said.

In a Saturday afternoon press conference, Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said he first learned of Tuberville's resignation in a 10:30 a.m. phone call.

Hocutt characterized Tuberville's resignation as a surprise, saying, "As recently as yesterday he looked me in the eye and gave me his commitment and dedication to Texas Tech football and leading this football program forward."

Hocutt said he and Tuberville had recently discussed goals for the program, saying, "Obviously, we were frustrated with way season ended. We expected more. We expect better at Texas Tech."

He said Friday's conversation was about "getting back to the level that we've been at and to get to a level where we're competing for the Big 12 conference championship."

"Do I feel betrayed? It's a business, and I wish Coach Tuberville the best," Hocutt said.

Hocutt assured fans there is "no shortage of candidates" for head coach and that he intends to find a leader and a winner who "knows the fabric of West Texas" and "embraces Texas Tech values."

Hocutt said he will "take as much time as we need to find a good fit for this program."

Hocutt has not selected an Interim Coach, but said he will make that decision "in short order."

Coach Tuberville was introduced to the Bearcat Nation at a Saturday evening press conference.

"I left a good group of young men about 1500 miles away. We had some good times and some great times," Tuberville said.

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