Tommy Tuberville addressed the media for the second time about his outburst during Saturday's game against Kansas.
"After watching the film when I got home, it was obvious what people were upset about," Tuberville said Monday.
"It was obvious. I reached up and grabbed his headset and pulled on it. Heat of the battle, some things happen sometimes that you'd like to take back," he said.
During Saturday's game at Jones AT&T Stadium, Tuberville grabbed a Graduate Assistant's headset, forcing it, and his hat, to the ground.
The incident was caught live on television and it had some fans upset.
"I was disappointed because I expect a leader in our school, like Tommy Tuberville, even in times of crisis, when things aren't going (well), to keep your composure because people see that and it reflects upon Tech and it reflects upon its students," one fan told KAMC.
Others came to Tuberville's defense.
"I didn't think it was that big of a deal," another fan said.
"I've got kids of my own. I've got 100 kids on the sideline and coaches and I've got to hold myself to a higher regard than that and I usually do," Tuberville said.
But even with an apology for his actions, the head coach was adamant about what he said he didn't do.
"Some have reported that I slapped or hit, you're dead wrong. I did not do that," Tuberville said.