The hot talk in college football this week has been about the future of Miami coach Larry Coker. After losing two of his first three games, it looks like it’s going to take a miracle for him to return next season. Losing to your in-state rival and then being humiliated by a basketball school (Louisville) is a sure way to get shown the door.
If Coker does hit the road Jack, who will replace him? That’s been the water cooler talk in Dade County the last few weeks..At the top of the list is none other than Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville. Are you surprised?
After all, Tuberville is one of the hottest coaches in the country. He served as defensive coordinator under Dennis Erickson and was on Jimmy Johnson’s staff before that. He’d be a natural fit for the job. Right? Well yes. But there’s no way that’s going to happen.
First there’s the money. Tuberville would have to pay Auburn nearly $7 million at this point to get out of his contract. Outside of the oil rich schools in Texas, I’m not sure anyone has that kind of money.
Second, why would you leave Auburn for Miami? It’s an inferior program in most every way. Their facilities are second rate. The Orange Bowl is a dump. And they rarely sell it out. It’s a commuter school. Their alumni base is weak at best. And tradition? Forget it. Unless you include the countless thugs that have come through the doors.
More importantly, why would Tuberville want to start over? He’s got the Auburn program right where he wants it. They compete for the SEC Championship every year and are now starting to compete for the national title almost yearly. He’s managed to run off the school president and athletic director that tried to oust him.
He’s relegated the former coach (and school legend) to his farm and has silenced booster Bobby Lowder. Life is pretty good for Thomas Hawley Tuberville. And most important of all, the fans and alumni love him.
Tuberville is a few short years from getting his name added to the stadium. Auburn’s a great place to raise a family. Recruiting has never been better. You can bet the stadium will be getting larger in the coming years and with that so will Tuberville’s check.
Tommy Tuberville may leave Auburn before his coaching days are over, but my guess is it will be to the NFL. His management style is a natural for the league. The question is , does he want to go that direction. No one can be sure. But it’s a safe bet that Tuberville will not be moving to Miami.