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This from January 1, 2007.
Tommy Tuberville is not afraid of Nick Saban.
Tuberville didn't fear him when Saban was a division rival as the LSU coach, and Tom Thumb won't start quivering if everything continues according to plan and Saban becomes an in-state rival as the Alabama coach.
Saban may have a BCS national championship on his resume.
Tuberville has an undefeated season on his.
In a nice change, the Iron Bowl will be a rivalry of equals again.
Saban's NFL season ends today, and insiders say they expect a face-to-face meeting between him and Alabama in the next few days.
And, if the two sides meet, it won't be to get acquainted. It'll be to get a deal done. In principle and in practice.
If Alabama does finalize its best hire since Gene Stallings, no one should expect Auburn to give up its upper hand in the rivalry without a fight.
For his part, Tuberville has more immediate concerns than who'll be the fifth Alabama coach during his Auburn tenure. The Cotton Bowl will be his 100th game as the Auburn coach. Beat Nebraska on Monday, and Tuberville will have his 71st victory with the Tigers against 29 defeats.
The last Alabama coach who made at least that many starts and won at least that many games was Paul Bryant Sr.
Tuberville also has a chance Monday to add another impressive page to the Auburn record book.
Only three football coaches in school history have engineered 11-win seasons: Tuberville, Terry Bowden and Pat Dye. Beat Nebraska, and Tuberville will become the first one to do it twice.
Not that anyone back home in the last month has noticed what's at stake on the other side of the state.
There are a number of reasons why Auburn's bowl preparations have been overshadowed by Alabama's coaching search. Here's the biggest one from the Auburn side: People now expect the Tigers to win 10 games a year.
Of course, people also expect Alabama to change coaches at least once every four years, but each Crimson Tide manhunt is a thrill ride all its own.
Meanwhile, on the placid Plain, all the Tigers have done is average 10 wins a season over the last four years. Beat Nebraska, and they'll up that average to 11 wins a season over the last three years.
It's plain and simple. Auburn is not going to give up football if/when Alabama comes to terms with Saban. The Tigers will just have to keep doing what they've been doing.
Saban made LSU a top-10 program, but Tuberville has made a nice living beating top-10 teams. He's 14-5 against them in the last six years. He's won eight of his last nine meetings with them in the last three years.
He's beaten at least two of them every season for the last five years.
That's very good stuff against the very best opponents. Oh, and head-to-head against the great Saban, Tuberville is 3-2.
Tuberville may be otherwise occupied at the moment, but there are few things more important to the Auburn coach in the long run than the identity of the next Alabama coach.
It looks like Saban may be coming.
If he does, this much is certain:
Tuberville won't be worrying. He'll be waiting.
Kevin Scarbinsky's column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Write him at email@example.com
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by samp21 17 months ago
On Alabama: CeCe Jefferson - "It was a bunch of beautiful women..." Reggie Ragland - "oh the females of course..."
Awesome. Someone please post on butta hurta.
Tuber was processed.
I found the article, btw, while searching for some Chizik to Iowa State stuff.
Good ol' Kevin Scarbinsky. Bought into the Tuberville hype.
What's better? The article you posted or that long post from the AU fan that said the Reuben flip was the most important event in history lol ???
As good as Scab's Wingnut article is, it still can't top the Rueben rant!!!
The SportsCenter segment on Alabama "missing on so many targets".
Anyone else remember that bush league segment? They would show a coach's picture and then have a buzzer sound.
During the off season sometimes, I go read articles about the search. Hilarious to read state beat writers make such ridiculous claims like the one Scab made about Tubs not being worried about Saban.
Please someone go post that on the butta hurta
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PATHETIC and pitiful. And above all, stupid as he!!
Good God that is pure gold
Firing Tubbs was a knee-jerk reaction to the swift success of Coach Saban both on the field & on the recruiting trail. I'm not one to play the "insider" card, but I spoke with no less than 3 people who I would trust to have accurate info, and they said Tubbs was "asked" to, shall we say, get a little more liberal/aggressive in his recruiting strategy/philosophy. Take that to mean whatever you like, whether it may be to do things like Tiger Prowl, get rid of assistants in favor of recruiters, or flat out cheat. When he refused and the product on the field went south, he was done.
I personally believe that if they had kept Tubbs they would have gone roughly 9-4 (2009), 9-4 (2010), 8-5 (2011) & 8-5 (2012), and would be a lot more competitive than they are now.
If you asked the AU fan base would they trade the 4 years above for Chizik's years 8-5, 14-0, 8-5 & 3-9 and the current state of the program, I would guess 95% or more would take Chizik. The 2010 season means that much to those people.
This post was edited by hines011 17 months ago
Well....Tubberville really isn't worry about Saban now.
Don't be so sure. Word is TT may be in the running for at least two of the SEC jobs that are opening up. I'm pretty he'll think twice before taking another job in the SEC as long as Saban is around. Too much work coaching in the SEC these days for such an avid duck hunter ya know.
He is waiting alright for a better job
Alabama hiring Nick Saban scared the crap out of Lowder & Pat Dye & they freaked out & successfully destroyed their program. Scabs is just a barner & his writing is like a fan boy writer on an auburn website.
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