The Nominees are In: Texas Tech’s Tuberville
Tommy Tuberville was born 58 years ago in Camden, Ark. He’s one of the few native Arkansans in the conversation when it comes to the next head coach at Arkansas.
Tuberville is the head coach at Texas Tech where he is being paid $2 million per year.
He is most known for spending 10 years as the head coach at Auburn before resigning in 2008. He then took the Texas Tech job before the 2010 season and is now in his third season there.
Tuberville is also vice president of the American Football Coaches Association.
Tuberville started his coaching career in 1980 at Arkansas State as a defensive ends and linebackers coach. He then spent time as an assistant at Miami and as a defensive coordinator at Texas A&M before taking a job as the head coach at Ole Miss. He spent three years in Oxford, Miss., before departing for Auburn.
While at Auburn, Tuberville won five Southeastern Conference Western Division titles and played in eight consecutive bowl games.
He left Auburn after going 5-7 in the 2008 season, even though he had gone undefeated in 2004. That 2004 team was left out of the BCS National Championship game.
In 2004, Auburn won the SEC and Tuberville won the Walter Camp and Bear Bryant Coach of the Year awards. Tuberville has been named SEC coach of the year twice, once during the 2004 season at Auburn and once during the 1997 season at Ole Miss.
Tuberville’s Auburn Tigers dominated cross-state rival Alabama during his tenure, beating them six times in a row in his last six years.
He has been known for aggressive play calling and excellent decision making in big-game situations, but has also been known for losing the games he has no business losing. Tuberville had a 5-2 record versus top five teams at Auburn.
Bobby Petrino, Gene Chizik and Will Muschamp all coached under Tommy Tuberville at one time or another.
Tuberville is also doing some good things at Texas Tech. He won a bowl game in his first season in Lubbock, something that has not been done by a first-year coach there since 1951.
During his tenure at Texas Tech, season ticket sales have increased by more than 50 percent. He is also responsible for bringing in the highest-ranked recruiting class in Texas Tech history.
However, the 2011 Red Raiders went 5-7 and missed the bowl season. This year the Red Raiders are 7-5. Some negative press has been swirling around Tuberville lately as he allegedly hit one of his assistants during the Kansas game this season.
Tuberville is married to Suzanne Tuberville and they have two sons, Tucker and Troy.
The thing about Tommy Tuberville is that he actually wants this job and it would take little to no convincing to get him to Fayetteville. Plus, unlike most of our other candidates, he has experience winning in the SEC. And as an added bonus he has Arkansas ties. Sounds like a great deal right? Wrong, in my opinion at least.
This is the hire that would make me think “eh, OK.” And the Arkansas fan base is absolutely not looking for “eh, OK.” To move on as a program, Arkansas needs someone who is on the rise in his career and it is pretty obvious that Tuberville is not.
I like his style and his record is hard to argue with, but he is not the young, innovative, exciting force that Arkansas so clearly needs. I honestly think he is Jeff Long’s last resort, but it could be a whole lot worse than Tommy Tuberville.