Fans: Feelings mixed on Tuberville's resignation

CINCINNATI -- It seemed like everyone in Cincinnati had something to say about Tom Tuberville’s resignation.

Tuberville, the former University of Cincinnati football coach, stepped down from the position, according to an announcement from the school Sunday afternoon.

Opinions were split on Tuberville's departure -- some were upset, while others said they’re glad to see him go.

“I think in the grand scheme of things, it’s going to be better for the university,” UC alum Megan Cravenor said.

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Tuberville, who was 29-22 in four seasons with UC, struggled to find the success in Cincinnati that he had elsewhere. The Bearcats went 1-7 in their conference and 4-8 overall this year, missing a bowl game for the first time since 2010.

Tuberville coached the Bearcats to three bowl appearances and a share of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship.

UC alum Justin Harris said he is “extremely excited” about the announcement, citing Tuberville’s outburst at a fan last month as the reason why.

Tuberville told a fan to “go to hell” and “get a job” last month after UC’s 20-3 loss to BYU at Nippert Stadium.

 

"When I heard that -- I really understood where he was as a person,” Harris said. “He wasn't a coach that I would like to support or a person that I would like to see our team led by."

Bearcats fan Scott Ferguson said he thinks Tuberville is throwing in the towel too early.

"We were going in the right direction,” Ferguson said.

But other UC fans say the resignation could be a fresh start for the football team.

"He has a lot of passion for the game, so I'm not going to question his integrity or something like that… maybe the team didn't respond, and a new coach will rejuvenate the team,” said life-long fan Nick Harud.

Director of Athletics Mike Bohn will lead an immediate national search for Tuberville’s replacement.

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