In the Cincinnati Bearcat echo chamber, dissatisfaction with the football program has been swirling for months and the main target of the ire has been head coach Tommy Tuberville. Fans and media members alike have either called or at least prognosticated that Tuberville would be let go following this season.
Official reports are finally starting to trickle out and it appears that Tuberville will step down rather than be let go.
Tuberville took over the program in 2013 and earned 9-4 records in his first two seasons, but there have been diminishing returns the last two years, with UC going 7-6 overall in 2015, a year in which it was predicted to win the American Athletic Conference in the preseason. Things got even worse this season as Tuberville squeezed out only four wins for the Bearcats, as the offense took a major nose dive, ranking 104th in offensive efficiency according to Football Outsiders.
According to Football Scooop, who first reported the story, Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck and Troy’s Neal Brown are the early favorites or at least targets for the position. Of course there are a slew of other coaches looking for work, and UC could target more than a couple once anything becomes official.
For now we wait for official word on what has seemed like an inevitability over the last few months, although that wait does not appear like it will be for much longer, as reports have surfaced that Tuberville has already resigned.
CBS Sports has learned Tommy Tuberville has resigned at Cincinnati according to two sources.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) December 4, 2016