Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn expressed support for Tommy Tuberville a day after video of the coach telling a fan to “go to hell” and “get a job” went viral.
“Coach Tuberville was put in a no-win situation in front of his team last night which resulted in an out of character response from him,” Bohn said in the statement.
“He expressed frustrations from an emotional game. Our team, led by our seniors, is fully engaged with coach and his staff to fight to the finish.”
That is not what no-win situation means. It’s not like Tuberville should face severe penalties for responding to the fan, but a statement like this from the athletic director totally ignores the fact that Tuberville could have opted not to return fire. A veteran 62-year-old coach has to know there’s a better way to conduct himself.
The bigger problem for Bohn, Tuberville and the Bearcats is that they’ve have found themselves in no-win situations in four out of their last five games and lost by double-digits in all of them. Two victories in the last three games are needed for bowl eligibility and, perhaps, to silence vocal critics.