ESPN Rumor Central: Tuberville ready to move … to UGA?

File this one under Silly Season Speculation, but I present it in the interest of keeping you, dear readers, fully informed. And that’s why I’m here! To serve! To bring every noteworthy nugget to you who Need To Know!

OK, where was I?

Oh, yeah. From the Rumor Central of ESPN.com’s Insiders comes this: “TTU job a stepping stone for Tuberville?” (Link requires registration.) And you’ll never guess where those presumed stones are said to lead.

For your edification, I present the item in its entirety:

“Will Tommy Tuberville retire at Texas Tech? Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman sure doesn’t think so. Tuberville has yet to sign his contract, and the buyout he has to pay if he were to break his contract isn’t high enough — in Bohls’ opinion, anyway.

“[Writes Bohls:] ‘Personally, I would have had Tuberville agree to a larger buyout. After all, he probably would be the Tennessee coach if he had waited a week instead of saying yes to Texas Tech.’

“Tuberville seems very happy to be at Tech and to be coaching again. But you do have to wonder, if he has success in Lubbock and a lucrative SEC job were to open up in the next couple of seasons, whether he’d be able to turn that offer down. Disgruntled LSU and Georgia fans might have to start paying the Red Raiders a little more attention.”

Well, now. That’s a mighty big leap from a mighty small item in Mr. Bohls’ column, but it does illustrate … something. We all know that Tuberville enjoys being courted — ask Ole Miss fans, or Auburn fans, or Arkansas fans — but it wasn’t long ago that Georgia could never been included in any discussion of a school that might soon be seeking a new coach.

But I should stipulate that any disgruntlement with Mark Richt has eased. Most UGA fans are excited about Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator — some weren’t happy with the search, but they’ll get over that if Grantham delivers — and they’ll get excited again on Signing Day. The heat on Miles, who infamously blew the Ole Miss game, is much higher than on Richt. (LSU fans are going nuts over Nick Saban winning big at Alabama.)

No, this isn’t your father’s SEC, or even your uncle’s. Phillip Fulmer was gone from Tennessee a year after playing for the conference title. Tuberville himself was out at Auburn two seasons after going 11-2. Things can happen quickly, sure. That said …

I don’t see any way Georgia is looking for a coach next December. LSU, maybe. Not UGA.

(P.S. I do think Mr. Bohls — nice guy, good writer — has it right when he says Tuberville would be sitting in Knoxville today if he’d waited a week. Which would mean Tuberville would have coached three different SEC schools, which I don’t think anyone has ever done. Though Bobby Petrino will give it a go.)

440 comments Add your comment

Derpy Derp!

January 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

Derpy derp diddily ding dong doodily!

There is NO chance Tubs coaches at Georgia.

ChippersLoveChild

January 25th, 2010
2:08 pm

Never going to happen.

Dawg Fud

January 25th, 2010
2:09 pm

SLP

January 25th, 2010
2:11 pm

Richt Rocks!

Mark Bradley

January 25th, 2010
2:11 pm

I can’t see it, either. But I pass it along for edification and entertainment.

Rumor Central ESPN

January 25th, 2010
2:15 pm

Actually my article was to spark interest
into possibly getting a job with AJC as a
Sports Writer, inasmuch as the rumor is
all of them will be gone next year.

Dawgie Bowser

January 25th, 2010
2:15 pm

He heard about the $750K salary. That should spark interest from him and many others don’t you think?

Dawg Fud

January 25th, 2010
2:15 pm

fair enough, Mark

joe

January 25th, 2010
2:16 pm

Hey maybe urban is holding out for uga how absurd

Though Bobby Petrino will give it a go...

January 25th, 2010
2:18 pm

…ROFLMAO!!!!!

Dawgie Bowser

January 25th, 2010
2:20 pm

If Urban can pass a physical, I say bring him on up! I’d be for it.

"Though Bobby Petrino will give it a go"...

January 25th, 2010
2:20 pm

That line is almost as good as Schultz’s last week about talking with Jim Harrick – after he had his shots!!!!

how2fish

January 25th, 2010
2:21 pm

I hope Tommy does well at TT he’s a good coach and from what I hear a good man…but I don’t see even if CMR were to leave even under his own terms..UGA going for him…..if he shows promise you’d think in 5-6 years that would go to a Dooley..I’m just saying.

GW

January 25th, 2010
2:21 pm

You never know but so many writers on so many websites have to SPECULATE so much to fill space that we get stuff like this. Gone are the days of waiting on a real story to happen. Just make one up…every hour. AJC guys do it every day with a sensational headline to draw our attention. Just read this one, and then the story.

Bradley is Bitter

January 25th, 2010
2:22 pm

Bradley, does any nugget from some unknown blog and “rumor central” having to do with UGA struggling, or potentially struggling get you sweating with excitement??

Tell us again when you were denied a job at The Athens Banner Herald….??

Give up your pesimistic views of UGA Athletics man. And while you’re at it, I hope you choke on your nice, hot, steamy bowl of……

(((((30-24)))))!!!!!!!!!

U B

January 25th, 2010
2:22 pm

No way Mark Richt will be there as long as he wants. Great coach, great program. Go Dawgs!

Otto

January 25th, 2010
2:23 pm

I could see Tubbs moving to UGA, UT or LSU. He had some good season at Auburn. I hope he does not go to UGA. The success he had at Auburn was more due to Lowder demanding and hiring good Coordinators.

joe

January 25th, 2010
2:23 pm

I got it now we are holding out for mike leech we are finally coming out of the closet

SMOKEY

January 25th, 2010
2:24 pm

Our coach won’t last more than 2 years, we still could get ole Tubb up here unless we go on probation which is certainly possible with all the crap CLK spread around the Souhteast. I doubt there is anything Coach Orgeron wouldn’t do to get a four star to sign on the dotted line.

JacketFanMarcus

January 25th, 2010
2:24 pm

UGA would never hire an Auburn retread.

They would go in another direction – like a hot up and coming assistant coach. Can anyone say Kirby Smart???

Silly story…

Dawgie Bowser

January 25th, 2010
2:25 pm

Spurrier and Fulmer strongly considering Georgia but Fulmer wants Pickup in compenstion deal.

AndyC

January 25th, 2010
2:28 pm

CMR gets at least two more seasons before he comes under any real fire.

Dawgie Bowser

January 25th, 2010
2:28 pm

Come on guys. Give Marky Mark a break. He already said it is what it is and something to have a few laughs over.

Curious George

January 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

Can’t we just blog about Brett Favre some more instead?

Asterisk

January 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

Tubbs made a deal with the Devil by taking TxTech job…and…firing Ruffin McNeill.

McNeill was 50% of the reason most TxTech players even went there.

Leach was 25% of the reason.

The other 25% reason was that OK, Texas, and TxA&M wouldnt recruit them.

Tubbs will last no more than 5 years in Lubbock.

Then he willed get canned. At that point, there will be A WHOLE LOT LESS
shine on is coacung star.

Jason

January 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

Well, if next year is a repeat of this year, I could certainly see the heat turned up high on Richt. The belly aching of the UGA fans through the middle portion of this year was quickly forgotten only because UGA managaed a win against Tech. If that one game turned out differently, I’d imagine that people wouldn’t be so stunned today about this article. What happens if UGA manages to drop another one to Kentucky and don’t beat Tech this time?

Dawgie Bowser

January 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

Two years seems awfully optimistic Smokey.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

January 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

Petrino is coaching the only SEC team he’s ever going to.

Stockdog

January 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

I agree that if Tubs had of waited a week that he would be the UT coach. I also agree that the Texas Tech job is just a weigh (way) station on his way to a better job. I don’t that Mark Richt will be going anywhere soon. However the Tubs will be gone as soon as he sniffs a better SEC job.

bruce mac

January 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

If your Aunt had a mustache, it ain’t gonna happen. The best thing that ever happened to CMR is losing to Kentucky and getting stuck in Shreveport. The Dawgs come out with a vengeance in 2010. Bad news for all opponents, you all should have pulled for Dawgs to beat Kentucky and win 9 games, then we would still have Willie and company and mediocrity would continue for a couple more years.

Benjamin

January 25th, 2010
2:35 pm

I really and truly believe Mark Richt has become the most underrated head guy in college football. Why in the world the University of Georgia fanbase, etc. would considering letting a coach (and man) of his stature and history during the time here (compared to Jim Donnan?!) go is well beyond my level of understanding….

Coach Richt needs to be here for another decade or two, in my book.

Rick

January 25th, 2010
2:35 pm

This offseason should confirm to every Dawg fan out there that we have a very good coach in Richt and that we should thank our lucky stars that we have him. Could Richt do things better and win more games? Of course. But, to suggest that Richt isn’t the best coach for Georgia is ridiculous. And, remember this, every major issue Richt has encountered during his tenure, he has dealt with those issues and made the corrections necessary. Time management, play calling, Willie Martinez. He’s known to do the right thing. Sometimes it takes time for him to come to those determinations, but he generally comes to the right conclusions. All in all, I would hope Coach Richt ignores these blogs and knows that a vast majority of fans out there support him 100%.

ToccoaDawg

January 25th, 2010
2:35 pm

Marky, stop daydreaming, Richt isnt going anywhere.

Bremen Dawg

January 25th, 2010
2:35 pm

Leave it up to Bradley, Just sayin.

Smokey

January 25th, 2010
2:37 pm

Hey, it is my job to be optimistic, I can’t keep this pretty new orange coat and pee on the checker board unless I keep up moral. GO VOLS

TROTTINGHOME

January 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

…this as idiotic as living in an igloo on top of a volcano while frying bacon in the nude(and if you have ever fried bacon in the nude you know what I’M TALKING ABOUT)

Dawgie Bowser

January 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

Okay then. Keep your head up and march on.

Bremen Dawg

January 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

We are perfectly happy with Mark Richt that is unless we have a 7-5 season this year.

Benjamin

January 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

This Georgia team was coming off losses of Moreno and Stafford, and then lost their best offensive lineman in the opening week — there isn’t a program in the country, in my opinion, that could recover fully from losing talent like that.

Georgia’s got the steadiest hand they’ve had holding the strings since Vince Dooley, the younger version.

Mike

January 25th, 2010
2:40 pm

Mark, I don’t think it would happen but some bloggers (BuLLdawg is a poster child) are not happy with CMR period. They would certainly support a replacement for CMR. Just as a question — who should that be if the need or desire ever arose?

TXDawg

January 25th, 2010
2:41 pm

Tuberville isn’t relevant out here in Texas, why is he relevant in DAWG country??
Next article please.

Dawgie Bowser

January 25th, 2010
2:41 pm

Hey Trots, I’m curious. Where do you vacation at?

Athdog

January 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

The ‘fans’ that are disgruntled with Richt are, believe me, the squeaky minority. Damon realizes that the program has come far, awfully far, under Richt when 8 wins is cause for fan ‘disgruntlement’. Mark perceived that the problem was defense, and he made a change. Time will tell whether it was truly Willie’s coaching, he has about 8 d backs in the NFL, by the way, or whether Van Gorder was better able to keep a disparate defensive staff that may not have gotten along as well as we think, all working on the same page. Richt and Tubs are said to be good friends, for this reason alone, I don’t see Tubs taking Richt’s job IF the mouthy minority ever got their way (heaven forbid). In any case, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this: 8 of 9, baby!
GO DAWGS

Benjamin

January 25th, 2010
2:43 pm

Going from Richt to Tommy T. would be like trading in a paid-off BMW 7 series with 10k miles for a Toyota Camry base model. Or dealing Javy Vazquez for Melky Cabrera.

gj

January 25th, 2010
2:43 pm

Come on…as a UGA grad and one of the few rational UGA fans….Richt should be able to stay as long as he wants. My how soon we have forgotten where we were before Richt. Can you say Donnan and Goff? Lot’s of wins, a couple of SEC Championships…all done the right way.

RxDawg

January 25th, 2010
2:44 pm

Well first you can say no because Richt isn’t going anywhere. Now thats cleared up. Let’s say in the future UGA tanks and they do let go of Richt, there is no way they would hire somebody else’s sloppy seconds. Not that they are that arogant (although they probably are), but it’s because of the public perception a move like that would portray. They hire someone who hasn’t already attempted and failed (subjectivly) at another big SEC school. Now hiring another good coach from a lesser (subjectively) SEC school couldn’t be ruled out. A coach like the current Dan Mullen comes to mind.

Sweet Home Alabama

January 25th, 2010
2:44 pm

Based on my resurch it appears rumor is probably true .I would guess its 50-50- or about even.

boots

January 25th, 2010
2:44 pm

No way we fire CMR any time soon. Absent some character issues or complete meltdown of the team in the next two years, he is on solid groud. People like him, and he likes UGA. This guy could be a coach for life if he wins in the next ten years like he has for the past decade. If he did win the NC, he could be Governor. (Vince Dooley gave that a thought, too.) TT would be smart to focus on Texas Tech and let his coaching do his talking. After the Kiffin thing, people don’t like university hoppers.

The Grinch

January 25th, 2010
2:45 pm

BREAKING NEWS…..I just heard a hot rumor that Lane Kiffin will leave UT after just 14 months to take the recently vacated USC job…….will keep you informed.

Benjamin

January 25th, 2010
2:46 pm

I wish more people remembered Jim Donnan these days… lol He and Goff were the dynamic duo, to say the least.

People have very short memories to not remember how relevant Georgia football had become prior to CMR…