Sometimes in the frenetic fandom of Cincinnati sports, it’s easy to lose sight of reality – that, at the end of the day, coaches are people. They are dads, brothers, husbands, friends, and sons.
I’ve gotten to know Coach Tuberville pretty well over the years and consider him a friend. For those of you that haven’t had a chance to spend quality, non-football time with Tommy Tuberville, I can honestly say you’re missing out.
While I occasionally dress up as “the Media,” by trade I’m an attorney here in downtown Cincinnati. Because of my chosen profession, I am frequently around high net worth people (read: rich, at least “Cincinnati rich”). Some of those folks are kind and generous. Some are less than kind and generous.
shark-infested professional world, I’ve learned that the quickest way to get a read on someone’s character is to observe how they treat ordinary people when (they think) no one is watching. I like to see people interact with the valet. I pay close attention to how people talk to servers, bartenders, and other staff. I listen to whether people complain about ordinary inconveniences.
I’ve shared nice meals with “Coach Tuberville” and I’ve shared domestics and fried bologna sandwiches with “Tubs.” And I can say, without fail, that he’s always demonstrated himself to be extremely kind and generous to everyone, no matter who they are or what their circumstances. Forgive my ineloquence, but Tommy Tuberville is just a good dude.
So I was sad to hear of his mother’s passing. Coach Tuberville’s character and kindness survive as a lasting tribute to his mother’s faith and love.
Coach Tuberville released this statement on the passing of his mother:
“My beautiful mother, Olive Tuberville, passed away Saturday after a long illness. While we knew this day was coming, it does not lessen our family’s loss. She was one of my biggest supporters, fans and cheerleaders. Games will not be the same without her in the stands cheering us on. She was our rock and was never afraid to tell you the truth or speak her mind. Please respect my family’s privacy as we grieve. I love you mom.”
Visitation for Mrs. Tuberville will be held on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at Proctor Funeral Home in Camden, Arkansas from 1:00-2:00pm with the funeral to follow at 2:00pm. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4825 Trousdale Drive, Suite 220, Nashville, Tennessee 37220. Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
By Brian Fox