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Does Tommy Tuberville Have a Chance To Be Governor of Alabama?

By on February 22nd, 2017 in Football, News 13 Comments »

Tommy Tuberville may be running for governor. photo:

If you live in the state of Alabama, you know by now there may be a new name entering politics in the next few weeks. In the last few hours, multiple news outlets have reported that former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is considering running for governor.

Since taking the Texas Tech job in 2010 Tuberville has maintained a residence at Lake Martin and has spent his summers there. He moved back full time after being released from Cincinnati and recently started writing a column for Auburn Undercover. It was 247Sports that broke the news of his political aspirations.

First reaction by many is could an Auburn coach, especially one that holds a six-game Iron Bowl winning streak, have a chance at getting support from Bama fans? While some may never get beyond that, I believe the majority could put that aside when it comes to what may be best for the state. At any rate, it would be unwise to sell the electorate short just as it would be unwise to sell Tommy Tuberville’s chances short.

That’s why he has a lot of political operatives and movers and shakers trying to convince him it would be a sound move. A poll of 50,000 voters is currently being conducted to test the waters before he takes a leap.

Some would say that he doesn’t have any political experience. Well, neither did a former actor from California, a community organizer from Chicago, and a New York businessman, all three of whom ultimately became president of the United States.

There are several reasons why it could be a good move for the former coach, should he decide to throw his hat in the ring. For one thing he knows people from one end of the state to the other, and it has often been said that 70 to 80 percent of a candidate’s chances is name recognition—he certainly has that.

In addition there’s little question that Tommy knows how to work a crowd. And he may have been one of the most accessible coaches to ever work in this state. I spoke with him once at the Peach Bowl, and he treated this writer like he had known me for years. That kind of charisma is invaluable in the political arena.

But probably his most important trait is that Tommy loves Alabama. He raised his family here, went to church here, worked here, and made friends here. In short he became an Alabamian. He recently wrote in his Tuesday column that, “It became a special place for us. … Coming back recently to Auburn, I discovered it’s like I never left.” While there’s little doubt that line is sincere, it also could be a harbinger of what we may be hearing from the next candidate for Governor of Alabama.


  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    I would love to see Tuberville as governor and I believe he could be a good governor. He knows how to get along with people and I think that’s what’s needed in Montgomery.

  2. CrimsonBear CrimsonBear says:

    No way!

    Why elect a guy who has been fired from his last three jobs. I don’t think he would have any chance. I know there’s no way in hell that I would vote for him.

  3. gary says:

    well he’s got my vote; and if university of Alabama people really got to know him they will vote for him also. you remember he did not get along with a certain trustee; you saw what happened to that trustee. I believe tubberville would be a good governor.

  4. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I don’t think Tuberville could possibly be as bad as what we currently have in Montgomery…

  5. Tigerpharm says:

    I believe he has a chance. If he runs and gets elected at least we would have a man of integrity.

  6. idnod idnod says:

    Hey Alabama (the entire State), you could have a lot worse.

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..The man has integrity, which has been pretty lacking in recent years in Montgomery. We know he won’t suffer foolishness from his players or guys on his staff. If you got busted for pot, you were probably missing a half-season, at least.

    …..He head-coached for 14 years in the SEC, 3 in the Big 12, and another 4 in the Big East/American, and didn’t get any of his employers in trouble with the NCAA.

    …..So, I think we’d have a guy with integrity. That said, I have no idea where he stands on a lot of the party-divide issues. And really, for the most part a politician can’t deviate too much from party positions. This is a really interesting development, and I wish Tommy well in his endeavors.

    • ABQA says:

      Integrity ? He quit on his last AU team. Also went duck hunting in the previous years during the prime – after season – recruiting period in January. He is all about himself. Tupperware………..

      • ABQA says:

        Left out that he floated his name for every head football coach position at the end of each season to ransom Auburn into a pay increase to ” keep ” him. He is an Asshat.

  8. DBAU81 says:

    It’s going to be a wide open field in 2018, especially with Luther Strange now out of the picture. Tubs would immediately have more name recognition than almost any other potential candidate. But, ultimately, it’s hard to know how far name recognition alone will carry him. Bentley was a virtual unknown before he defeated a bunch of better-known candidates in 2010.

  9. zotus zotus says:

    Some would say, “Sure, I guess”

    … but, some folks are apt to be less equivocal: