Tommy Tuberville Slaps Assistant Coach

Tommy Tuberville

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“I don’t think he’s happy with that,” was the only thing that could be said about the physical outburst by Texas Tech Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville, caught by television cameras on Saturday.

Texas Tech won the game in double overtime against the Kansas Jayhawks, but that may not be the highlight of this game.

It was a critical 4th-and-2 in the third quarter, and the emotion was already running high.

Following a penalty where the Red Raiders were called for 12 men on the field, Tuberville engages in a verbal exchange before using his left hand to come across the face of one of his graduate assistants Kevin Oliver.

The incident is here for you to see on the following video clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7kMm7jc03E

Tuberville’s explanation?

“I reached to grab him–he was on the field–I reached to grab him, pull him off, and when I pulled I missed his shirt and I grabbed his facemask…or his microphone, his microphone had just ripped off his head.”

What happened, as you can see in the video, and what Tuberville describes happened, seem to be two very different things. Tuberville continued to verbally unload on Oliver as he picked up his headset on the ground.

This could end up being a public relations disaster for the Red Raiders, despite the victory on the scoreboard. Despite the attempt to downplay the incident, it is clear that Tuberville essentially assaulted Oliver, and goes on to completely misrepresent his account of the incident.

Texas Tech next plays the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater.

Dan Irwin is a sports writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @ danirwin_rant or on Facebook at “facebook.com/danirwin.sports“.

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