Early in the second half of Texas Tech's 41-34 double-overtime win against Kansas, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville swiped at a graduate assistant's headset following a pair of penalties.
Though some TV angles portrayed Tuberville's actions as having slapped Kevin Oliver, the GA. Tuberville, however, insists there is nothing substantial about the incident, saying he was simply trying to get Oliver off of the field.
"He was on the field, and I reached to grab him and pull him off," Tuberville said after the game. "When I pulled, I missed his shirt and grabbed his (headset) and his microphone ripped off his head. I was trying to get him off the field."
Oliver is a special teams coach, which says something about Tuberville's anger during that moment. The preceding penalty was the result of a special teams player having ran out to the field after Tech decided to attempt a 4th-down conversion, Don Williams,
of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, tweeted.
"I just pulled him off and missed his shoulder and grabbed his — I mean, it wasn't anything to it," Tuberville said.
Punishment for Tuberville, if there is to be any, has yet to be determined. There is no doubt the moment was very uncharacteristic of the third-year head coach, but Tuberville's explanation
does not line up with the evidence recorded today.
By Jose Rodriguez — Special to the Star-Telegram