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Sources: Tommy Tuberville stepping down

Sources told FootballScoop Sunday morning Tommy Tuberville has made the decision to step down as head coach at Cincinnati.

In his fourth season, Tubs's Bearcats finished 4-8 this season, after winning nine games in each of Tubs' first two seasons at Cincinnati, including a share of the American title in 2015. Cincinnati booked a 7-6 season in 2015 before dipping to four wins this fall.

In four stops as a head coach -- Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati -- Tuberville, 62, has won 159 games with 15 total bowl appearances in 21 seasons. He earned numerous national coach of the year honors in leading Auburn to an undefeated SEC championship and Sugar Bowl victory in 2004 and won or shared five SEC West crowns in his decade on the Plains.

That's quite a run, one that many don't get the chances to make these days. Does Tubs have one more shot in him? We certainly hope so.

At Cincinnati, sources tell us two prominent names in the upcoming search are expected to be PJ Fleck and Troy head coach Neal Brown. Fleck is a candidate at Oregon; but should he not be the choice, we are told Cincinnati could come calling and offers a place Fleck believes he could go 13-0...and win a National Championship. Brown is very familiar with the recruiting area due to his time as offensive coordinator at Kentucky (2013-2014) and has done an excellent job as head coach at Troy the past two seasons.

As always we'll keep you posted on The Scoop.