CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tommy Tuberville and Cincinnati are back in the Belk Bowl - and this time he'll actually get to coach the Bearcats.
Tuberville was hired on Dec. 8, 2012, by the Bearcats, but didn't coach in last year's Belk Bowl. Instead, Steve Stripling served as the interim coach after Butch Jones resigned weeks before to take a job at Tennessee.
However, Tuberville was on hand for the practices leading up to the game and said that experience gave him a jump start on this season.
On Saturday, the Bearcats (9-3) will try to become the first team to win back-to-back Belk Bowl titles when they face the North Carolina (6-6). The Tar Heels became bowl eligible despite starting the season 1-5 in their second year under coach Larry Fedora.