Tuberville’s resignation doesn’t make sense

Published 10:04 pm Thursday, December 4, 2008

Right now, I think every Auburn fan is going crazy over the recent news that former head football coach Tommy Tuberville resigned Wednesday after completing his 10th season at the helm.

Tuberville led Auburn to an SEC championship and in addition to that, Tuberville was given the Walter Camp and Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year awards for his team’s 13-0 perfect season in 2004. If not for the patently unfair BCS system, Auburn would have played for the national title that year.

Tuberville is the fourth winningest coach to coach at Auburn and has a 7-3 record against Alabama. He finished his career at Auburn with a record of 85-40 (.680 winning percentage).

His 85 wins are bested by only Ralph “Shug” Jordan’s 176 wins, Pat Dye’s 99 wins and Mike Donahue’s 94 wins. That is impressive when you consider that Auburn has had 24 coaches in its history.

To top that off, he guided his team to a six-game winning streak over Alabama before the Crimson Tide stopped that streak with a 36-0 win over his team last weekend.

Tuberville met with school officials earlier this week to sit down and talk about the season as a whole after the Tigers posted a 5-7 record. This is what is done every year, but who would have guessed that Tuberville would resign the Wednesday after?

I think that the officials nudged him to resign while saying we’re going to fire you at the same time.

You take one of the best coaches in the SEC after 10 seasons and leave him on the doorstep.

That’s not right.

In a statement Tuberville made to the media Thursday, he just said thanks for his time at Auburn.

“The last 10 years have been a great time in my life, both professionally and personally,” Tuberville said in his statement. “It’s been a great place to coach and live, and we’ve had a lot of success along the way.”

So, the next question is, who will Auburn hire next as their new football coach?

When they do, it will be interesting to see if they regret Wednesday’s decision somewhere down the road.