Monday, November 12, 2012
Tuberville apologizes, Big 12 will review
By David Ubben
Tommy Tuberville apologized for his actions in a sideline incident in Saturday's win over Kansas, and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says the league is conducting a review.
From our news story:
Tuberville ripped the headset off graduate assistant Kevin Oliver.
Bowlsby was asked if the league would review the sideline altercation, and he said they were "engaged."
Bowlsby, who was in the BCS meetings Monday, said he wanted to see Tuberville's interview with the media Monday, where he appeared contrite.
Tuberville addressed the incident in his opening statement at his weekly news gathering in advance of Saturday's game against Oklahoma State.
"After watching the film when I got home, it was obvious what a lot of people were upset about. It upset me too. You don't do things like that, and it was obvious I reached up, grabbed his headset and pulled on it," Tuberville told reporters. "Heat of the battle, some things happen, and sometimes you'd like to take back. I can't remember anything like that happening to me. But that was a tough game. We're fighting hard. I've apologized to Kevin. We talked. Of course, we talked 30 seconds after that for the rest of the game, because I talk to him more on the head set than I do anybody else because he helps me chart special teams. ... I've got to hold myself to a higher regard than that, and I usually do."
Tuberville, though, adamantly disputed reports that he "slapped" or "hit" Oliver. He characterized those assertions as "dead wrong."
"I'm a little bit disappointed that most of you in here know me. I think you know me a lot better than that. I can understand somebody in L.A. or California doing it and making some kind of statement like that by watching the film, but I never thought about it in 35 years," Tuberville said. "Never dreamed of hitting anybody and never have. So we'll just leave it at that. That's also disappointing to me that that would be written here in this town, but we'll get on with it."
Tuberville refused to discuss his original explanation that he meant to reach for Oliver's shoulder and intended to get him off the field.
"We're not going to talk about that anymore," Tuberville said to close the press conference. "No more, no more, no more."
Tuberville's tone this week helps him out a lot more than his explanation on Saturday. I don't necessarily think Tuberville deserves a suspension, but I also don't think he has much of a case if the Big 12 decides to hand one down.
He's apologized. He's said his piece. The situation's in the Big 12 and Tuberville's bosses' hands now. There's not much else Tuberville can do besides accept whatever punishment (or lack thereof) awaits.