Isn’t it funny… his name just will not go away… Tommy Tuberville is once again in the news. And it’s not that he doesn’t belong there. He is a very successful coach by anyone’s standards.
No, Tubs is in the news for his actions. And my view is that actions always, ALWAYS, A-L-W-A-Y-S speak louder than words.
What is it that Tommy is accused of doing?
First, it is being reported that Tuberville didn’t give any warning of his departure from Texas Tech. It’s funny now when I think about it because this man’s actions no longer affect Auburn. But seriously, is this any different than what he did while he was here? No. Not really. He warned repeatedly while at Auburn that he was being considered for this job and that job. If I heard that he was being considered for Texas A&M or Arkansas… I heard about it a thousand times. And that was a thousand times too many.
Tommy said today in an interview with Tim Brando that coaches “we’re all hired guns” when it comes to changing jobs. Really Coach? “That’s basically what we are as football coaches,” he said. “Everybody says, ‘This is Mr. Georgia or Mr. Alabama.’ It’s just a football coach.”
So that is how it is? You owe your employer nothing? Expletive deleted.
Let it be known that his response bothers me. It bothered me while he was here. I want a coach that WANTS to be at Auburn. That is happy with the outrageous fortune he is “earning” and that he does a fair to exceptional job in order to support the amount he is being paid. The problem with Tuberville is that he could never get enough. If you saw his home at Lake Martin you would understand.
Next it is “HOW” he left Texas Tech that is something to pay attention too. It is being reported, and I have to laugh when I hear this, that Tuberville literally left in the middle of dinner with potential recruits at the table.
One of the offensive line recruits, Devonte Danzey, said that he had just asked how long the coaches expected to be at Texas Tech. “(Tuberville) was just telling me he coached at Miami and Auburn, he coached 10 years and recruited Ray Lewis and kind of blew the question off I didn’t even realize. The waitress brought our food out, and we thought (Tuberville) went to the bathroom, but he never came back to dinner. The next thing I know, the next day, he made an announcement that he’s going to Cincinnati.”
But wait, that’s not the end of the story. Oh no. How can this bizarre story go without some sort of rebuttal? Today a Cincinnati spokesman stated that Mr. Danzey’s story wasn’t true. “Those reports are inaccurate. There was no contact between Coach Tuberville and Cincinnati prior to Saturday morning. Coach said he was at dinner, talked with everyone, ate and went home.”
Did I just hear that right? On a whim, the University called up Tubby thinking he might want the job? I find this hard to believe.
And Coach Tubs. I guess you finally figured it out, an 18 year old was trying to slander you or your new school that you’re so loyal to so you trotted them out to defend you? Bizarre.
And potential recruits: be glad that you know about him now before you sign the letter of intent. Karma repaid. It kind of reminds me of a skit I heard years ago with Cheech and Chong and it goes something like this: if it looks like crap, smells like crap and tastes like crap… be glad you didn’t step in it. I know, but it was funny when I was 10 and I thought it was particularly poignant now.
Tuberville might have been a good coach at one time… but I remember another time where he feigned interest in loyalty to a program. It put things in perspective about the man from that point on… “they will have to carry me out of Oxford in a pine wood box.” Powerful image… but painfully true for every program he has ever gone too. Tuberville represents what is wrong with the game. He is the very definition of what the “relationship” shouldn’t be. Money focused. Where expectations for both the coach and the school never match and for all intensive purposes never will. He is there for one thing only: to make a pay check. Cincinnati thought they hit a home run with the hire. After this story gets traction… and it will, I doubt they will feel as “high” on Tubs as they did.
Just remember Bear cats, you get what you pay for. But I’m curious what it is you thought you bought?
Still, I don’t think it’s fair to generalize all coaches into this category. While it may be true, most do a dang fine job hiding it. Regardless, it is my fervent hope that Coach Tubs is the aberration as opposed to the norm when it comes to loyalty.
WAR DAMN EAGLE!