For those who have been following the Cincinnati Bearcats program especially towards the end of the season thought it could be possible change in who the point man was for the program, but nobody expected to Tommy Tuberville to resign Sunday afternoon. The days everybody had marked on their calendars was December 7th because on 8th his buyout changed from $2.4 million to $1.5 million. All in all after the 4-8 season overall and 1-7 in the American Athletic Conference people had more questions than answers. Now with Tuberville stepping down Bearcat Nation will be keeping an eye out on who will be the next head coach for the program
University of Cincinnati Football Head Coach Tommy Tuberville announced he is stepping down from his position Sunday after four years at the helm of the program.
Tuberville was 29-22 with the Bearcats, notching three bowl appearances and a share of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship. He is 159-99 in 21 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
"After much thought and reflection, I have decided to step down and resign from my position here at the University of Cincinnati," Tuberville said. "I want to thank the board of trustees, the administration, the fans and the University for these last four years. I also want to thank our coaches, staff and anyone associated within our athletic department. Most of all, I will miss these players but know these young men will turn out to be outstanding leaders in the world and for me that is what it’s all about. I am not done coaching and I look forward to my next challenge. Go Bearcats!"
“He is a hall of fame coach,” Director of Athletics Mike Bohn said. “We thank him and his staff for their hard work and dedication to Cincinnati. Change is never an easy thing on our student-athletes, but their success and well-being is our primary focus. We will move onward and search for a head coach who can continue the growth of the football program in line with our goals of being class of the league.”
“Coach Tommy Tuberville is an icon in college football coaching," UC interim president Dr. Beverly J. Davenport said. "We appreciate all he has done for the University of Cincinnati football program and wish him and his family the very best. I have total confidence in Director of Athletics Mike Bohn to find our next football coach, and I will be working with him every step of the way as we move forward in the process.”
The Bearcats finished 2016 season with a 4-8 record and a five-game losing streak, missing a bowl game for the first time since 2010. UC suffered a number of season-ending injuries and never found any consistency offensively, dropping from the Top-5 in the NCAA FBS a year ago to No. 101 in total offense this season. The defense showed significant improvements during the campaign, including being among the national leaders in forced turnovers.
Tuberville’s teams were strong in the classroom, continually setting record GPA marks, including a team GPA over 3.0 in the spring of 2017. Graduation rates rose during his tenure and both the Bearcats APR and GSR for the football team are well above the national average.
The 21-year veteran head coach will also be remembered for his strong ties to the military and our wounded warriors. Tuberville started a foundation during his time at UC and has outfitted two accessible home for local veterans with disabilities. In 2016, he purchased a block of 150 season tickets to distribute to local vets in a section of Nippert Stadium named Tubby’s Troops.
He was one of UC’s biggest donors to Olympic Sports scholarships, quietly giving almost $300,000 to help support Bearcats student-athletes.
Bohn will head an immediate national search to find UC’s next football head coach.