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Tommy Tuberville
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Tommy Tuberville
Auburn Head Coach Tommy H. Tuberville
Title Head coach
College Auburn University
Sport Football
Conference SEC
Team record 79-33
Born September 18, 1954 (1954-09-18) (age 53)
Place of birth Camden, AR
Annual salary $2.6 million/year[1]
Career highlights
Overall 104-53
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
1 SEC Championship (2004)
2004 Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
2004 Walter Camp Coach of the Year
Playing career
1972-1976 Southern Arkansas
Position S
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999-present Arkansas St (DE/LB)
Miami (Assist.)
Texas A&M (DC)
Ole Miss
Thomas Hawley Tuberville (born September 18, 1954) is an American college football coach and current head coach of the Auburn Tigers football team. Tuberville was the 2004 recipient of the Walter Camp and Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year awards for Auburn's 13�0 perfect season. He earned his 100th career win on October 6, 2007 in a 35�7 victory over Vanderbilt. He is also the only coach in Auburn history to beat Alabama six consecutive times.

1 Playing career
2 Coaching career
2.1 Early career
2.2 Ole Miss
2.3 Auburn
3 Head coaching record
4 Personal and community
5 References
6 External links

[edit] Playing career
A native of Camden, Arkansas, Tommy Tuberville played football in high school and lettered as a free safety at Southern Arkansas University where he played from 1972-1976.

[edit] Coaching career

[edit] Early career
Tuberville was an assistant coach at Arkansas State University. He then went through the ranks at the University of Miami, beginning as graduate assistant and ending as defensive coordinator in 1993. In 1994, Tuberville replaced Bob Davie as defensive coordinator under R. C. Slocum at Texas A&M University. The Aggies went 10-0-1 that season.

[edit] Ole Miss
Tuberville got his first collegiate head coaching job at the University of Mississippi. He took over a Rebel team under severe NCAA scholarship sanctions and was named the AP SEC Coach of the Year in 1997.

[edit] Auburn
He left Ole Miss following the 1998 regular season to take the head coaching job at Auburn University. In his tenure at Auburn, Tuberville has guided the Tigers to the top of the SEC standings, leading the Tigers to an SEC Championship and five Western Division titles (including outright championships in 2000 and 2004 and co-championships in 2001, 2002 and 2005). Under his direction, the Tigers have made seven consecutive bowl appearances including five New Year's Day bowl berths, and 1 SEC championship.

The Auburn Tigers were a perfect 13-0 in 2004 including the SEC title and a win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. Coach Tuberville received Coach of the Year awards from the AP, the American Football Coaches Association, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

In 2005, despite losing the entire starting backfield from the unbeaten 2004 team to the first round of the NFL draft, Coach Tuberville led Auburn to a 9-3 record, finishing the regular season with victories over rivals Georgia and Alabama.

Under Tuberville, Auburn has a winning record against its three biggest rivals, LSU (5-4), Georgia (5-4), and Alabama (7-2). He has led Auburn to 6 straight victories over in-state rival Alabama, the longest win streak in this rivalry since 1982, which was the year Auburn broke Alabama's 9 year streak.

Tuberville has also established himself as one of the best big game coaches in college football, winning 9 of their last 11 games against Top 10 opponents (since the start of the 2004 season). In 2006, his Tigers recorded victories over two Top 5 teams who later played in BCS bowls, including eventual BCS Champion Florida. Tuberville has a 5-1 career record versus Top 5 teams, including 3 wins versus Florida.

Tuberville has coached 19 players who were selected in the NFL draft, including four first round picks in 2004, with several others signing as free agents. He has coached 8 All-Americans and a Thorpe Award winner (Carlos Rogers). Thirty-four players under Tuberville have been named to All-SEC (First Team). Eighteen players have been named All-SEC freshman. His players have been named SEC player of the week 46 times. He has also had 2 SEC players of the year and one SEC Championship
By Tony Barnhart | Thursday, November 29, 2007, 07:42 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Five burning questions as we head into the last weekend of the regular season:

1. Is Auburn going to get a deal done with Tuberville? After beating Alabama for the sixth straight year and with an opening for a head coach at Arkansas and perhaps another one at LSU, you could say that Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is dealing from a position of strength. But negotiations haven't gone all that smoothly. Tuberville wants more money for his assistants, who are underpaid compared to those at Alabama. He also wants an indoor practice facility, which is something Alabama has as well. If he is expected to compete with Alabama, Tuberville needs to be close to an equal footing with the Crimson Tide in these areas. Auburn's new proposal is supposed to come by Saturday. Tuberville will have until Dec. 31 to accept it.

2. Can a two-loss team get to the BCS championship? Probably not but the argument would sure be fun to watch. The only way to open that door would be for both No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia to lose on Saturday. Missouri might lose to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game, but West Virginia is a 28-point favorite over Pittsburgh at home. But if it happens, and everybody else who plays on Saturday wins, you will see the mother of all PR campaigns late Saturday night among Georgia, Virginia Tech, LSU, Southern Cal, and Oklahoma. And what about 11-1 Kansas?

3. How bad is Matt Flynn's shoulder? The LSU quarterback reportedly took some snaps in Wednesday's practice but I hear that backup Ryan Perrilloux is getting a lot of work because, even if Flynn can go, he may not last long against the Tennessee defense on the artificial turf of the Georgia Dome. Perrilloux is an incredible talent but for every great play he makes, he usually makes at least one that will put the LSU defense in bad field position.

4. When does Arkansas play Ole Miss in 2008? Glad you asked. The game will be on Oct. 25 in Fayetteville, where I'm sure new Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt will be welcomed with open arms. It will be as much fun as the first time Auburn's Tommy Tuberville went back to Ole Miss. He won, by the way.

5. Does Hawaii still get a BCS bid if it loses? The No. 12 Warriors (11-0) won't be done with Washington (11:30 p.m. start) until the wee hours of Sunday morning. If Hawaii wins, it's a no-brainer. It will go to the Sugar Bowl. But if the Warriors lose will one of the BCS bowls take them just to keep peace


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