Tommy Tuberville left Texas Tech recruits at dinner a day before taking the Cincinnati job

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The college football coaching change season aka “the silly season” is littered with stories of coaches leaving their former school in less than stellar ways.

There’s the story of Randy Edsall informing his former players at UConn by phone that he was bolting for Maryland just hours after playing in a BCS bowl game. And there’s the story of Todd Graham bailing on Pittsburgh by text message.

And though, it may seem that those two stories would be hard to top, the details surrounding the departure of former Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville just may do so.

According to Wreck Em’ 24/7, the day before Tuberville took the Cincinnati job, he hosted a group of Texas Tech recruits. When the conversation turned to how long Tuberville would be coaching in Lubbock, things began to get weird and eventually, Tuberville left the table and never returned.

A community college offensive lineman being recruited by Texas Tech got a close view of head coach Tommy Tuberville’s hasty departure over the weekend.

Devonte Danzey of Hutchinson (Kansas) C.C. arrived in Lubbock for his official visit.

Shortly after arriving in Lubbock, Danzey and at least two other recruits — lineman Sunny Odogwu and receiver Javess Blue — along with “eight to 10” coaches, including Tuberville, all went to dinner at the 50-Yard Line Restaurant on South Loop 289, Danzey said.

In the midst of the conversation at the table, he asked the coaches how long they expected to be at Tech (if they were not fired), he said.

“I asked Coach (Charlie) Weis at KU and Coach (Dana) Holgorsen at West Virginia (the same question), just so I know my relationship with them,” Danzey said. “(Tuberville) was just telling me he coached at Miami and Auburn, he coached 10 years and recruited Ray Lewis and kind of blew the question off I didn’t even realize.”

He added: “The waitress brought our food out, and we thought (Tuberville) went to the bathroom, but he never came back to dinner. Then next thing I know, the next day, he made an announcement that he’s going to Cincinnati.”

Yep, told you Tuberville may have topped Edsall and Graham.

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