Tuberville campaigns for Notre Dame job

Auburn's Tommy Tuberville

Auburn's Tommy Tuberville

As we noted yesterday, Tommy Tuberville’s name has surfaced in the Notre Dame coaching discussion. Now he is campaigning for the job.

According to the South Bend Tribune, “And if you’re anyone but Kelly and Edsall, wouldn’t you want to know why Tommy Tuberville isn’t in this snapshot?

“Sources close to the search process and some powerful alumni with heavy checkbooks have tried to introduce the former Auburn head coach into the core of the search, but so far he sits on the periphery.

“Tuberville, when reached at his home in Auburn, Ala. on Wednesday afternoon, acknowledged as much, but would welcome the process taking an 11th-hour, wide left turn in his direction.

“’I don’t think there’s any doubt Notre Dame can win and win big again,’ said Tuberville, whose last trip to South Bend came last spring when he spoke at a Notre Dame coaches clinic at Weis’ request.

“’I just think they need to find the right guy with the right philosophy.’”

The article contains more about the Notre Dame coaching search, and Tuberville’s philosophy. The former Auburn coach even spells out his recruiting plan for the Irish.

How do you think that sits with Auburn fans? Auburn fans accuse the successful coach of failure on the recruiting trail. However, Tuberville brought an impressive number of players to Auburn, and delivered the school a perfect season in 2004.

The 2004 season would be a good example of Tuberville’s overall philosophy. His offense featured a strong running game, and was balanced with a solid passing attack that netted over 3,000 yards. His defense surrendered only 11.3 points per game in 2004. (source: cfbstats.com). Tuberville’s defensive expertise and history of producing good running backs would help many programs.

His biggest problem at Auburn was a combination of complacency and lack of support from the administration. Tuberville is personable, but several important people within the Auburn family despised the coach. Rapprochement was impossible; the power struggle left athletic department unity in tatters. It is hard to blame Tuberville for this disunity since most of it was caused by Pat Dye’s inability to step into the background; Dye wants to be coach at Auburn, and this explains why Auburn forced Tuberville out and hired a 5-19 failure to be head coach.

In the right situation Tommy Tuberville will be a success again. But is Notre Dame the right job?