Tuberville: Cincinnati, Alabama Home-and-Home Unlikely

By Kevin Kelley -
Tommy Tuberville

Tommy Tuberville is in charge of UC's schedule now. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Last month, Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Alabama Crimson Tide were having discussions about playing some future football games.

One of the possibilities that was reportedly being explored was Cincinnati hosting Alabama in 2015 to open the renovated Nippert Stadium.

But Alabama traveling to Nippert in 2015 is not very likely because the Crimson Tide would be left with only six home games, an occurrence that is avoided whenever possible by the big SEC schools.

Yesterday, Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville joined the JOX Roundtable on 94.5 FM in Birmingham and essentially stated that a home-and-home with Alabama was unlikely.

“I’m in charge of our schedule now, so, I’m out there trying to find teams to play,” said Tuberville. “Now would I be really fired up about it (playing Alabama)? Probably not because it would be a one-game match. The reason we won’t play some of the other teams is because you can’t get a return game.”

Tuberville is mostly correct in that statement, especially regarding Alabama. The Crimson Tide have only played one home-and-home series under Nick Saban (Penn State in 2010 and 2011). They also played the back half of a series against Duke in 2010, which began in 2006 and was scheduled earlier than that.

Instead of more home-and-home series, Alabama has opted to go the neutral-site game route. The Crimson Tide have played five neutral-site games under Saban, have two in the cards (2014 vs. WVU, 2015 vs. Wisconsin), and have been rumored for more.

Tommy Tuberville went on to talk more about scheduling and how difficult it is to land a home-and-home series with the bigger schools.

“We’re building a new stadium, 45,000 seats, it’s going to be really nice. But a lot of teams won’t come play us on our home ground,” Tuberville said. “They think that it’s too tough a challenge or too risky, especially now with the teams having to play their conference games.”

“We’ve got BYU on the schedule. I’ve got Michigan home-and-home coming up. Let’s see…we’ve got talks in with Texas A&M and some other teams. It’s just hard to get a team to say ‘Yeah, we’ll have a home-and-home with Cincinnati’ when it’s a little bit risky. We’re not a bad football team. Look, we’ve got good football players.”

“We’re just not going to be one of those teams that’s just going to go somewhere and play and not get a return game. So I’m throwing my bait out there to try to find that school who will do a home-and-home in the next 5-6 or 7 years.”

Cincinnati is scheduled to open the 2014 season on Friday, Sept. 12 when they host Toledo at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. That’s the third week of the season and it follows consecutive open dates for the Bearcats. Tuberville also talked about that anomaly.

“It’s totally screwed up from administration’s of the past at Cincinnati. It was totally blown.”

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13 Comments to Tuberville: Cincinnati, Alabama Home-and-Home Unlikely

  1. Dan said....

    Cincinnati is looking for a big time opponent to open up the 2015 campaign – their first season in the newly renovated / expanded Nippert Stadium. They already have a game scheduled vs Alabama A&M, but that could be moved to a different date. They have two options in my opinion. They could have Miami FL move their 2015 game at Nippert from October 3rd to September 5th. Or, they could play an AAC conference game to open the season. A lot of conference opponents don’t have a game set in stone for Sept 5, 2015 yet (including Tulsa, UCF, East Carolina, Tulane & Memphis).

    July 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    • Greg said....

      Cincinnati plays at ECU in 2015 (most likely)

      July 10, 2014 at 2:31 am
    • Dan said....

      UCF would be an intriguing one for sure. Two of the best two teams in the conference.

      July 10, 2014 at 10:40 am
    • nate said....

      Agreed, having a big football program visit would really energize the crowd. The problem that exists is arrogance, many of the fans of these football programs wine about playing in smaller venues and or greed from the athletic administration.

      In 2015, the AAC will finally have two divisions with a consecutive 1 and 1 with the other division.
      East: Cincy, ECU, Temple, UConn, UCF & USF
      West: Tulane, Tulsa, SMU, Memphis, Houston & NAVY

      July 12, 2014 at 11:12 am
  2. kobe said....

    Fresno state would be a good opener

    July 10, 2014 at 3:32 am
  3. bearcat grizzly said....

    This scheduling thing is a never ending process, and we see that Tubbs has personally taken over football game scheduling n that’s a good thing.

    July 10, 2014 at 7:55 am
  4. JC said....

    I just think it’s ridiculous that Alabama not only has to make it a point to play 7 home games but also doesn’t want to schedule a home and home series with anyone all because of greed. Like they don’t make enough money as it is, some bull schnizzle right there. Poor fans, the only high powered match-ups they’ll be able to see is in conference and an occasional neutral site game that might be interesting. I’m rooting for WV and Wisconsin just because now, probably won’t win but who knows people thought Oklahoma was going to get crushed and looked what happened ( granted OK is a much stronger opponent then the two Alabama has scheduled, in my opinion).

    July 10, 2014 at 11:32 am
  5. Day said....

    I have enjoyed Alabama neutral site games over the years & hope they continue to do them. Whether Bama wins or lose it I think it is good for the sport, brings excitement to the game, better recruiting, fans (from both sides) get out to new stadiums instead of being “at home” all the time. Great for television & the neutral site games are being coming very popular now, Bama is not the only one doing it!

    July 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    • Night said....

      Yeah, sure. Okay boy. Other teams travel to neutral site games when they are in Bama’s backyard. Did you hear Big Bird is real too!?!

      Nick Saban is yellow and a greedy p-o-s.

      December 4, 2014 at 12:42 am
    • day said....

      I would not consider Dallas or Jacksonville Bama’s backyard. Your clearly a Nick Saban hater in which is your opinion, yellow? Greedy, well, which college coach isn’t? Big Bird? Now you lost me.

      December 6, 2014 at 10:04 am
  6. garyseay said....

    I’m a huge Bama fan and I would like to see more big time home and home games.

    July 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm

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