By J.M. Comer
“The last 10 years have been a great time in my life, both professionally and personally,” Tommy Tuberville said today. “It’s been a great place to coach and live, and we’ve had a lot of success along the way. I’m going to remain in Auburn and help the Auburn family however I can. I’m very appreciative of the coaches, players, staff and Auburn fans over the last decade.”
ESPN this evening is reporting that Athletic Director Jay Jacobs with “prominent behind-the-scenes boosters who once tried to hire Bobby Petrino” made the decision to get rid of Tommy Tuberville, the people’s coach.
The sports network is also reporting that someone on Auburn’s BOARD OF TRUSTEES contacted Mike Leach, coach of Texas Tech, on Tuesday night.
(Click here to see ESPN’s video report.)
Boosters and trustees are still calling the shots. Remember a little thing called SACS?
Also from our friends at ESPN:
Not long after the failed coup, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional accrediting agency, placed the university on probation. The agency cited the micromanagement by Lowder and the board of trustees, saying Auburn failed to prove that the university president has “ultimate control over the athletics program” as well as failing to prove that the board isn’t controlled by “a minority of board members.”
I saw it in the cold visitors seats at West Virginia before Auburn even took the field. An old bat, unfortunately an Auburn woman, in her fur coat with her grade-school son holding a sign that said “Hey Tuberville, are you smarter than a 5th grader? Just be smarter than Saban.”
Their feeling of entitlement was sickening.
Teach ’em young to be bad fans?
I saw it in the old money fans sitting on their hands in the first half of that game. Auburn was winning! And they sat there like grumps. Why were they there? I think it was just to be seen.
Our coach, Tommy Tuberville was an enemy to those in power and idiots fans with short memories.
God bless you Coach. We’ll always have 6. We’ll always have 2004. You deserved better.