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Tommy Tuberville leaves Texas Tech for Cincinnati

Cincinnati's lured Tommy Tuberville away from Texas Tech. Wow.

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SB Nation had been told before the season began that Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville was looking to make 2012 his last season in Lubbock. He was hoping for a SEC job, and we reported earlier in the week that he was in touch with Tennessee before they hired Butch Jones. But did he want out badly enough to leave for the Big East? Yes, yes he did.

As for where Texas Tech goes from here, we've got a list going here.

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Tuberville is a former Ole Miss and Auburn coach who's been mostly successful at each of his three stops, compiling a 130-77 record overall with five SEC West titles and an undefeated season in 2004 at Auburn.

Nobody realized how badly Tuberville wanted out of Texas, apparently. SB Nation was told he was hoping to land a job back east, especially one closer to the southeast, and, well, Cincinnati's close to Kentucky?

Cincinnati lost Jones to Tennessee on Friday, the third straight time they've lost a successful coach to another gig.

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