Auburn Let Tommy Tuberville Leave on His Terms

Posted by Tiger Histalmos | 9:48 PM | 2 comments »

Let us all just take a minute and absorb all the information that has been released in this turmoil on the Plains. Many articles have been written talking about the "knee-jerk" reaction that took place, but lets be logical for a second.

We all know Bobby Lowder and Co. did not like Tuberville. That fact is as well known as the sky is blue. We all know he took tons of heat for this past season, including an embarrassing loss to the Crimson Tide.

I was quick to judge last night as were most people. I had never been that angry about Auburn Football in a long time. I called up my cohorts in orange and blue, ranted and raved with them to find a way to scream, yell, and finally calm down.

Then came the press conference at 11 AM this morning. I was waiting to hear those words "We believed that the program would go in a different direction." I was ready to toss my chair at the computer.

I was surprised with what I heard and saw. When I watched the press conference, I saw Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs look as pale as ever. It looked like he saw a ghost. After watching it, my opinions changed dramatically.

Now I will say I am not that naive to believe everything Jacobs said, but there was something in his voice, his facial expressions, the way he looked. It was as he didn't want to be up there signifying the end of a great head coach.

Believe what you want, and say what you want to say, but here is my honest opinion:

I think for the most part, Tuberville knew he was not going to win this battle. The people with the money was drooling over his disastrous season. President Jay Gogue and Jacobs were getting pressure from those "fat cats" as BabyTate so eloquently mentioned in his article.

In the midst of this pressure though, Gogue and Jacobs were wanting Tuberville to stay. You look at Jacobs's face during the conference and tell me that he was lying about asking Tuberville three times to stay with the program. I'm not the best judge of character, but I know a man when his emotions are about to take over.

Instead of continuing to persuade Tuberville to come back, Jacobs realized the end was coming. Plus on the night before his resignation, Tuberville had a long chat with his wife Suzanne.

Now this is not all as bad as it sounds. Tuberville will remain in Auburn for at least a year, work under President Gogue, and get to spend time with his family. Not to mention the cool $5.1 million Tuberville will receive in the next year.

Tuberville dealt with all of the events in his tenure with class. I was honored to have met the man when I was just a bumbling college kid working for the University radio station. I got to see more than the average person ever would, and I'm thankful for that.

What will come of this, I do not know. I do know that to the extent of President Gogue and AD Jay Jacobs, they handled it the best way possible. Instead of dragging Tuberville through what would surely end up as a lame duck season, they let him get back to what was most important to him. That was Tuberville's family.

I don't know how many people feel this way, but I will miss seeing Tommy Tuberville on the sidelines. In my mind, he is the epitome of an Auburn man. That is why he was so successful.

Whoever is the new head coach, I only hope they follow the foundations Tuberville has set to grow young men into productive members of society. That is what college football is supposed to be about.

That is what Auburn football is supposed to be about.


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