Tuberville loses civil war

Is Tommy Tuberville ever going to leave Auburn? Probably not until he is fired. Despite Jimmy Sexton’s best efforts to get Tuberville fired this season, it didn’t happen and most likely won’t for another couple of years. However, the fiasco engineered by Tuberville and his agent won’t ease tensions in a rapidly dividing Auburn family.

I’m enjoying the turmoil. It is nice to have it on the other side of the state for once.

Instead of enjoying another win over Alabama, the Auburn nation was in the midst of a civil war.

And Tuberville lost that war.

It is only a matter of time until he is dethrone by the trustees and Pat Dye.

His own hubris has made him even more vulnerable than he was following losses to USF and MSU. If he has a similar disaster next season, the Tuberville death watch will be in full swing.

Of course, Tuberville has a way of coming back from the dead. But was this whole contract negotiation a bridge too far? Can he ever recover from the mistrust?

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Winning can salve wounds better than time. But, the fuel for success is taken in recruiting, and Tuberville has surrendered this year’s recruiting. Auburn will have a Top 20 class, but it will be substantially below its chief rivals in UGA, LSU and Alabama.

Knowing Tuberville, in three years if he is still at Auburn, he will blame Jetgate and these contract negotiations for his losses citing recruiting woes.

But what will he blame in 2008 if that season turns into a shipwreck? And more importantly, who in the Auburn family will be on his side?

Turmoil is never good for a program. But Auburn just can’t seem to enjoy its own success. And that is good for everyone else in the SEC West.

Arkansas

Speaking of the SEC West, Arkansas has reportedly offered Tommy Bowden the job—who turned it down this morning reportedly. Bowden has done a respectable job at Clemson. The Clemson website, Tigerillustrated.com, reported Clemson had reached an agreement with Bowden. Of course, this means the Arkansas job remains open, will Tuberville continue playing Arkansas against Auburn or will he capitulate as it appears he is doing now?

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  1. 1
    T

    Alabama Polytechnic Institute has screwed up royally in electing to retain Tubby, adding another two years of misery and pain onto his undying contract.

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Alabama and Alabama Polytechnic Institute are both on level playing fields now. The only differential between the two programs are one is on the way back up, while the other is on the way back down. In another words, things are slowly evolving back to natural form.

    API enjoyed their brief stint of taking advantage of Alabama’s weakened state. Now that Alabama’s recruiting is looking very promising as well as their future, the barnie family deliriously thinks Tubby has things under control. Obviously they didn’t watch this year or last year’s Iron Bowls. Turnovers and missed opportunities lost each of those games and that was due in large part to mediocre talent. And seeing how our previous recruiting classes were one upped by API’s, they’re only beating us by 7 points courtesy of turnovers and missed opportunities. That really says a lot about their superior coach and team. It also says a lot about Alabama’s future players.

    Enjoy the days of being 33-5 over 3 seasons because the Tubby you saw prior to Alabama’s probationary period is the Tubby you’re seeing once again.

    Take it and run with it, Aubarn/Opelika citizens.

  2. 3
    WillisMann

    I wonder if the “Cowgirl Nation” happily rolled Boomer’s Corner and threw another rodeo after hearing the splendid news?

    It’s great to be an API Cowgirl… Say it’s great to be an API Cowgirl… Say it’s great to be an API Cowgirl…

  3. 4
    BamaFootball4Life

    I don’t want Tubberville, Miles or Fulmer to leave. It is now payback time. We are a program on the rise – it is just a matter of time before we get to the top. I think Saban is a better coach and recruiter than any of these.

    Roll tide!
    BF4L

  4. 5
    Kevin

    You bammers never fail to be funny. I love how you obtusely believe that Tuberville’s success against virtually EVERYONE is ONLY because UAT has been on probation. You’ve progressed beyond claiming that Auburn’s success against UAT has been “tainted” by UAT’s probation — now it’s ALL of Auburn’s meaningful wins. That’s some grand bammer “logic” on display.

    Face it: you overpaid for a coach that has had limited success in the past, but has an uncertain future. A head coach is only as good as his assistants, and on that front, Saban is a marked man. If you eat your assistants for lunch every day, you don’t exactly get to be known as a boss anyone wants to work for. That’s how you ended up with the mediocre bunch you have at UAT now, and will continue to have in the future. His luck at LSU will not be repeated at UAT. No one with an ounce of sense believes that it will.

    But keep that funny material coming, because you keep the rest of us entertained!

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