By Shane from Centerpoint
I just recently applied to trademark the phrase, â€œThe Tubby Watchâ€, a descriptive nickname I came up with awhile back for the annual back and forth threats between Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville and the clueless Auburn University administration during contract negotiations. I guess that idea is â€œtoastâ€, because the bosses decided that the marriage wasnâ€™t worth saving. I guess the final divorce takes care of the need to purchase the domain name (copyright) too.
I hate to play marriage counselor, especially since the split is a done deal, but if the pinheads that pull the trigger had asked me, I wouldâ€™ve advised them to save the $6 million and try that time-tested method of managing the coach. I know this may be above A. D. Jay Jacobsâ€™ pay grade or ability to comprehend, but I think the embarrassing loss to Alabama couldâ€™ve been used as a motivational tool to inspire Tommy get the ship righted.
I think Auburn will suffer a 3-year setback by firing Tubby and hiring a new love. The divorce alone will snuff one year of stable recruiting, while breaking in the new guy will somewhat nullify two more. Meanwhile, the runaway train across the State is rolling over the horizon.
At the least, had Tuberville been retained, he couldâ€™ve converted his team back to the hard-nosed type of team that won 50 games in 5 years (something Auburn will probably never do again). He couldâ€™ve changed the type of player he signed. The pool of athletes who would want to play for Auburn is large enough to sign a decent class of players who would fit that mold. I believe Tommy could do something like that in 2 years or less.
For the life of me I canâ€™t see why you two didnâ€™t just stick it out. You both claim you canâ€™t see eye-to-eye, but in reality youâ€™re just alike. Youâ€™re blatantly guilty of allowing the positive accomplishments of Nick Saban to adversely affect your decision-making process. Tuberville pulled a knee-jerk move when he went â€œspread eagleâ€ and hired Tony Franklin. It failed miserably, though it wasnâ€™t really given time to succeed. The Auburn administration succumbed to the new â€œgive it to me nowâ€ syndrome by overreacting to one bad season, and issuing Tubs a pink slip. This move will eventually be a blunder as well. Mark it down!
I know Iâ€™m known as a huge Crimson Tide supporter, but I can be objective about Tommy Tuberville. Letâ€™s face it Tiger fans – the man is the face of Auburn football. He is that strong leader, locked arm in arm with his men, marching on to the battlefield. Tommy is the original hard-fighting soldier. Heâ€™s the same man who gave you pride and made you happy by producing tough, NFL-caliber players, who won a ton of games.
If it wasnâ€™t â€œSaban-envyâ€, what couldâ€™ve possibly happened in one year that would be drastic enough to cause Auburn to dump a loyal 10-year veteran with outstanding credentials for some unknown commodity that may or may not be the right fit?
Success is very hard to sustain in this brutal league. Tuberville might have had a few down years, but realistically Auburn is trading a coach who is as good or better than any candidate currently on any of their short lists. Therefore, whoâ€™s the Einstein who came up with the idea to spend $6 million plus (counting Tuberville and his assistants) to get the same product youâ€™re getting rid of? That is just an economically-ignorant management practice.
The original Tubby Watch was carried out tongue-in-cheek. The shenanigans happening down on the Plains right now are a serious mistake. Itâ€™s sad to watch Tubby hang up his cleats, especially when a puppet like Jay Jacobs is the one holding the gun to his head.