Auburn fans should put aside their irrational expectations, and understand the challenges Tommy Tuberville faces. Tuberville has only been at Auburn nine years. Thatâ€™s a short time in the annals of football history. Just look how long coaches like Jordan and Bryant were at their respective schools. Whatâ€™s more, look at how long Paterno and Bowden have been at their schools. Does anyone think it easy for a coach to be at a place nine short years and compete with the likes of Bowden and Paterno? Of course not! Tuberville needs more time.
The expectations on Tuberville are excessive. He canâ€™t be expected to win every game, every year. Thatâ€™s just stupid. Sure Tuberville has made mistakes. Sure losing to rivals by big margins hurts (like Georgia in 2006 or 2003) and sure Tuberville has a career losing record against Arkansas at 5-6 and sure Tuberville has a losing record to Georgia Tech (0-2), but come on he has beaten Alabama five times.
That should really count for something! Even Pat Dye couldnâ€™t do that. Sure, Pat Dye didnâ€™t have to deal with Mike Shula, but he did have his Bill Curry!
Expectations shouldnâ€™t cloud reality. Tuberville just hasnâ€™t had enough time to get this current group of players educated in his system. That takes years. Obviously, it isnâ€™t Tubervilleâ€™s fault the quarterbacks arenâ€™t ready to play. It is Coxâ€™s fault. It is Burnsâ€™ fault. It might even be Borgesâ€™ faultâ€”but he is a genius, so probably not.
Just stick by your coach. Donâ€™t expect to win every game and youâ€™ll do just fine.