Do you trust Tommy Tuberville?

I’ll preface my remarks by saying I think Tommy Tuberville should be retained by Auburn. He’s shown he can win and has done a good job. However, I believe he will be fired—the handwriting is on the wall for any who wish to read it. With that disclaimer out of the way….

One trend I’ve noticed within the Auburn family is to defend Tommy Tuberville by saying they are happy with him, but not so much with his assistants. Fans suggest one remedy is to fire two or three or four assistants and bring in new thinking on the offensive side of the football.

One Auburn blogger wrote this: “I’m still very much on board with hiring a spread-first, spread-second guy. Find one with better people skills than Franklin, let him build his own staff, and let’s see what happens. Tubby saying he wants someone who “fits into what we’d like to do” and that Auburn’s offense “is still going to be multiple” doesn’t sit entirely comfortably with me. I guess we’ll see.”

Having watched the Alabama program for many years, I can safely say that is loser think.

If fans and boosters have to hire and fire assistants then you’ve got big problems on your team. I can assure you that Tommy Tuberville knows more about how to win football games than bloggers and message board posters. And if he doesn’t know more—then you need to fire him. This was a big reason I advocated firing Mike Shula. My cat and dog knew more about how to coach a football team than Shula.

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If you force a coach to make staff changes then you likely have serious leadership issues within the football program. And it will only be made worse by forcing staff changes.

You can easily fracture a football staff when the staff is cobbled together containing philosophical differences. To overcome conflicts on a staff you need a head coach who is in charge.

If you have an offensive coordinator who brings in his own staff (this has to be the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard), then for whom do these assistants work? The OC? The head coach? If you think things were bad on the Auburn staff with Franklin then look out. Forcing a coach to make staff changes undermines the coach’s ability to lead the program.

What happens when a coach isn’t leading the program?

See Alabama under Mike Dubose. During the Dubose era at Alabama there was nobody in charge. What happened? Chaos. If you force Tuberville to make changes then you are only asking for that chaos because Tuberville won’t be in charge of the program. There will be a power vacuum.

What Auburn fans need to ask themselves is not what type of offense they want or what offensive coordinator would work.

What Auburn fans need to ask themselves is ‘Do I trust Tommy Tuberville?”

If you trust Tuberville, then leave him alone. Let him make whatever changes he wants to make.

If you don’t trust Tuberville, then fire him. Meddling in the program would only serve to delay fixing the problem—and would likely make things worse.