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Tuberville apologizes for slap, Big 12 investigating

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03:06 PM ET 11.12 | Cameras caught Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville slapping the headset off an assistant coach during Saturday's game against Kansas. Tuberville says he's apologized (though immediately after the game, he said he was just trying to get his assistant off the field). Now the Big 12 says it'll take a look at what to do about the incident.

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November 12, 2012  03:16 PM ET

If he keeps his job after striking an employee in public, he will be lucky. At best, it is off to the re-education camps for TT.

November 12, 2012  03:36 PM ET

Man, we sure have become a nation of "let's get that person!!!" for minor crap.

November 12, 2012  03:49 PM ET

You got caught Tommy hitting your assistance because at the time you were in trouble about losing the game to Kansas. I don't think you care if you get fired because I think you are leaving to go back to the SEC anyway.

November 12, 2012  03:49 PM ET

After watching the video, it did look like he smacked his headset off. If he wanted him off the field he could have grabbed his arm? I am not buying his story as during the time in the game was there not a penalty that cause Tech to have to punt?

November 12, 2012  04:11 PM ET

How come this NEVER happens in the NFL?

November 12, 2012  04:17 PM ET

TTech was making a number of substitutions. They were called for an illegal formation when a 12th player started to line up at WR before running off the field. Before the snap, TTech only had 11 on the field, but the flag was out and the whistle blown. Peanlty was inforced.

Tubs swatted at an Asst, knocking his headset off. Vid clips are available. Clearly an act of temper, but hardly injurious. I doubt it would be getting the play it's receiving without the WSU Wilson/Leach situation.

November 12, 2012  04:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Man, we sure have become a nation of "let's get that person!!!" for minor crap.

While I do agree with you in theory Joe, you can't defend this. I can't think of ANY workplace (outside the MMA and Boxing) where it's ok to smack someone. Pretty sure what most of us would do, if someone at our respective offices laid hands on us. I know what would happen with me Horrible idea on TT's part.

November 12, 2012  04:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How come this NEVER happens in the NFL?

Professionals that work with other professionals. Not dudes who get ego-stroked by entire communities, by and large.

November 12, 2012  04:21 PM ET

Perfect solution is just have TT do some time in a shed...

November 12, 2012  04:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Man, we sure have become a nation of "let's get that person!!!" for minor crap.

Are you suggesting that this is acceptable behavior?

November 12, 2012  04:35 PM ET

To be clear, I do not condone whacking folks up side the head. I do contend that the incident would not be getting the attention it's currently receiving were it not for the Wilson/Leach thing at Wazzou.

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November 12, 2012  04:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Are you suggesting that this is acceptable behavior?

No. I'm suggesting that the conference doesn't need to investigate it. Publicly reprimand him and move on. Investigating it makes it sound like he has some kind of underground abuse center going on.

November 12, 2012  04:37 PM ET

Public officials (football coaches, politicians, etc)-when you screw up, admit it, apologize and move on. This bs about getting the assistant off the field is what is getting Tubbs in more hot water.

Things blow over quicker when you don't try to bs your way out of it.

November 12, 2012  04:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

While I do agree with you in theory Joe, you can't defend this. I can't think of ANY workplace (outside the MMA and Boxing) where it's ok to smack someone. Pretty sure what most of us would do, if someone at our respective offices laid hands on us. I know what would happen with me Horrible idea on TT's part.

Believe me when I say, I'm not the one to defend Tuberville. I think you need to let the guy that was slapped decide what he wants to do. If he is just going to take it, then that's that, if you ask me. Reprimand Tuberville and move on.

November 12, 2012  04:48 PM ET

Man us Texans have turned into a bunch of wimps if we can't take a slap up side the head. Dress us in lace and put a bow in our hair.

November 12, 2012  04:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

How come this NEVER happens in the NFL?

Didn't one of the Raiders ex coaches knock the shizzzittt out of one of his asst's a few years back?

November 12, 2012  05:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Believe me when I say, I'm not the one to defend Tuberville. I think you need to let the guy that was slapped decide what he wants to do. If he is just going to take it, then that's that, if you ask me. Reprimand Tuberville and move on.

I think they should publicly let the Asst beoootch slap him upside the head and put it on youtube and call it square!

November 12, 2012  05:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Man us Texans have turned into a bunch of wimps if we can't take a slap up side the head. Dress us in lace and put a bow in our hair.

The colonel already uses that look. ;-)

 
November 12, 2012  05:39 PM ET

As I recall....just a year or two ago, the head coach at New Mexico punched one of his assistants in the jaw at a closed door meeting--believe he even broke the guy's jaw. The head coach was suspended, but he did keep his job. But he has been fired since.

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