They call it "silly season" for a reason. The frenzy that is college football's coaching carousel never lacks for bizarre and amusing twists and turns this time of the year, heightened by a slew of unfounded rumors and misinformation. Just consider the dominos that occurred over a roughly 72-hour period from Wednesday to Saturday.
First, Colorado had apparently hired Cincinnati's Butch Jones. So said Woody Paige. But the deal was never done, and it's no coincidence that Jones began backtracking around the same time Louisville's Charlie Strong turned down Tennessee. Next thing you know, Jones, who also interviewed with Purdue last week, is the Vols' new coach.
For the third time in six years, then, Cincinnati needed a new coach. Would the Big East school turn once again to Central Michigan, from where it plucked both Jones and Brian Kelly before him? If not, would it pursue some other mid-major star, or perhaps a Big Ten coordinator? That's how these things usually work.
Nope. In a shocking response, Cincinnati AD Whit Babcock took no more than 24 hours to hire Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville -- a big-time hire for the Bearcats. Tuberville coached an undefeated team at Auburn. He's compiled a remarkable 6-3 record against top-5 teams. But the only connection between Tuberville and Cincinnati is that Babcock worked at Auburn when Tuberville was there.