Despite an impressive resume, Tuberville struggled to find the success at UC 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.
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As for retirement, he said the fact that he was still coaching was testament to his love for the game and the players.
"If I was going to retire, I'd have retired when I came here. I don't need to work. I like coaching; I like kids.
"With all the 15-hour days, I'd better like it," he said.
Recruiting was a struggle at UC, Tuberville admitted last winter, with a major roadblock coming from schools in the so-called "Power 5" conferences. The ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC all have bigger media contracts, which means more dollars devoted to recruiting prospective players.
Some high school players who'd verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati months ahead of National Signing Day changed their minds and ultimately signed with Power 5 conference schools, Tuberville said in February.
Tuberville's resignation, after his earlier comments that he planned to stay at UC, surprised some current players.
"Him resigning this morning, I woke up to it just having the banquet yesterday," running back Tion Green said. "The curiosity of what's next for Bearcat Nation and Coach Tuberville, who I wish the best for -- he's a great man, great family man. Taught me more than I can ever learn being an adult outside of football."
Running back Mike Boone said he found out Tuberville was leaving through text messages from teammates.
"He wasn't strictly about football," Boone said. "And as a coach, you have to be like that. He was more academics and as a man off the field, as well. And that's another reason it hurts seeing him leave."
Student-athletes under Tuberville performed well in the classroom, the university said, with record GPA marks and rising graduation rates. Tuberville also gave almost $300,000 to help support Bearcats student-athletes through Olympic Sports scholarships.
While at UC, he started a foundation and outfitted two accessible homes for local veterans with disabilities. This year, he bought a block of 150 season tickets to give to local vets in a section of Nippert Stadium named Tubby’s Troops.