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Texas Tech Football Video: Watch Tommy Tuberville Slap Assistant's Hat off
Bleacher Report ^ | Saturday, November 10, 2012 | Ben Chodos

Posted on 11/10/2012 6:27:22 PM PST by WestTexasWend

Some coaches rule with an iron fist, but Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville preferred to deal with his assistant with an open hand.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: chat; cowardly; liar; sports; tech; texas
But wait! Before you believe what you saw, Tommy can explain. Twice.


Tuberville tried explaining the incident after Texas Tech's 41-34 overtime win.

"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 at his postgame press conference, via "I was trying to get him off the field."

UPDATE: More from the Associated Press on Tuberville downplaying the altercation.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A video of Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville appearing to slap a graduate assistant went viral on the Internet even as the No. 25 Red Raiders were still playing Kansas on Saturday.

The third-year coach downplayed what appeared to be an outburst on the sideline in the third quarter of Texas Tech's 41-34 victory in double overtime.

Tuberville said he didn't mean to hit graduate assistant Kevin Oliver.

"It wasn't anything to it," he said. "It was just one of those deals where I missed his shoulder and ended up grabbing the microphone on his head set and pulled it off."

Footage shows Tuberville facing Oliver, who oversees special teams. The coach appears to use his left hand to strike Oliver on the right side of his face. Oliver's headset and ball cap fall off. It happened when the Red Raiders seemed to have difficulty getting the right personnel on the field.


If football doesn't work out for Tommy, he can always go back home to Arkansas and run for office.

1 posted on 11/10/2012 6:27:30 PM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: WestTexasWend

so will the school President make Tuberville do a ‘Patton’ and apologize in front of the whole school?

2 posted on 11/10/2012 6:33:20 PM PST by plain talk
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To: WestTexasWend

evil bastard should control his teeny tiny little baby tantrum

fire him now

3 posted on 11/10/2012 6:37:37 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: WestTexasWend

After watching the 2nd one in slow-motion, it appears that he reached up and snatched the headset off of him. Just about as bad as hitting him.

4 posted on 11/10/2012 6:46:34 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

People! People! You act like something happened here that was WRONG or something.

One more football and basketball coaches are not held to the same standards of behavior as the rest of society. They can do what they want and their actions will always be defended and subsequently excused becuase athletics are **SO** important to universities who are supposedly in the business of educating people, but really we know that academics are just life support for football and basketball programs.

Or, in the slack-jawed words of so many Bobby Knight supporters back in Indiana...”budd-eee wee-yuns bawwwllll gayyymzzzz!!”

The preceding sentence is a complete defense to any acts, illegal, immoral or just plain old stupid, committed by college athletics coaches.

5 posted on 11/10/2012 7:11:49 PM PST by VideoPaul
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To: yldstrk

Graduate assistant or not , I would have hit that little pip squeak so hard his grandkids would have black eyes. See the problem isn’t an overbearing coach. The problem is the overbearing coach knows , because we are wimpifying our men, the chances of this kid smacking the crap out of him was practically nil.

If more men would start acting like men, these incidences would be few and far between.

If you are fairly positive you aren’t going to get a free pass on this it doesn’t happen.

6 posted on 11/10/2012 7:28:06 PM PST by ping jockey (tagline free zone)
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To: WestTexasWend

More graduate assistants should get slapped.

Have you ever met one?

They’re annoying.

7 posted on 11/10/2012 7:42:57 PM PST by NYCslicker
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To: WestTexasWend

That’s nothing!
Some A(lready) B(een) C(hewed) buh-hole (Gibbs?) is stroking Burnt Cheeseburger (Brent Musberger), telling him that since Alabama lost to a good Texas A&M team (the SEC is getting a taste of the Big XII) well, that Oregon: “The Team With No Defense” should now be #1!
And that’s not all, get this: `Gibbs’ goes on to say that Notre Dame—awarded their Stanford game and squeaking Pitt in triple overtime by 11” on a missed field goal, and Coach Kelly, who has pulled enough games out of his rear end that it’s about blown as Elton John’s ... should be #2!
Of course `Burnt’ agrees completely. The L(ame) S(tream) M(edia), minitru Sports Division. Obama approves, I’m sure, of their `style points’.

8 posted on 11/10/2012 7:46:51 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives. Every Man A Wildcat)
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To: WestTexasWend

They railroaded Mike Leech out of his Texas Tech coaching job because he was accused of being “mean” to a no-talent troublemaking player, Adam James, former ESPN announcer Craig James’s spoiled son.

But Leech never slapped a graduate student on nationwide TV. Chancellor Kent Hance ought to be so proud that the school is again making news.

9 posted on 11/10/2012 8:06:10 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: ping jockey

yeah the kid hitting him back would have got the kid kicked out of school, but at least he would have his pride.

10 posted on 11/10/2012 9:06:36 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

I bet there are alot of coaches out there who would have been proud to hire that graduate assistant if he bolo punched Tuberville right there.

11 posted on 11/10/2012 9:11:15 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: yldstrk

That is exactly what I am talking about. Sometimes BEIN’ a man involves a willingness to give up some lifestyle, or position, or stature in order to preserve your pride and sanity.

We keep hearing this emasculated mantra about “conflict resolution.” Our boys are taught NOT TO FIGHT BACK in the public schools or they get as severe a punishment as the little bully they beat the crap out of.(Wonder if this is reason for some of the more deadly responses by kids who have been harassed unmercifully till they crack)


So this grad assistant will be hailed as a model of self control, Tuberville will lose his job (as he should) and this young man’s children can check out dear old dad on you tube for direction when they are faced with similar situations.

I teach my two sons to be respectful of all people. To be defferential to the young ladies and always be gentlemen.(this attitude must be engrained in early childhood).

Never start a scrap, but if there is no avoiding an altercation , then make darn sure nobody comes out unscathed. My favorite saying in this situation... “Come on tough guy, you might get a steak dinner but I promise , I am going to get a salad lunch.”(for the record I love steak)

My children are well liked by teachers and students alike. Everyone also knows that they are capable of and WILL DEFEND THEMSELVES and others if needed.

My oldest is a senior. The biggest trouble he has ever gotten in was for taking up for a special needs student.
Some of the “athletes” were cracking wise at this little guy , and my young MAN gave both a free lesson in good behavior. I had to meet with the principle but my boy was right.

12 posted on 11/10/2012 9:36:44 PM PST by ping jockey (tagline free zone)
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To: ping jockey

You are correct. I told my kids you have to bully a bully and coached my daughter how to give back exactly what they were dishing out. None of my three have had an issue.

13 posted on 11/10/2012 9:42:49 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

“evil bastard should control his teeny tiny little baby tantrum
fire him now”

You still mad that Tech beat Kansas in that game?

14 posted on 11/13/2012 10:39:51 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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