Tommy Tuberville on ‘If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have Nick Saban’ comment to Alabama fans

Tommy Tuberville on ‘If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have Nick Saban’ comment to Alabama fans

By now you have heard that Tommy Tuberville is testing the waters for a potential run as Alabama’s next governor.

As of Thursday, the former Auburn coach said he is still on what he calls his “listening tour” around the state.

Last week, however, he was asked during an appearance of Birmingham’s WJOX why Alabama Crimson Tide fans should vote for him.

He replied: “If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have Nick Saban.”

“That was in jest,” he said. “Of course, when I was at Auburn, we had a little success over Alabama. That’s a great game. If you are an Alabama coach, you rejoice over winning the Iron Bowl. If you are an Auburn coach, you rejoice over winning that game.

“There were a lot of consequences in the 10 years I was at Auburn in terms of the Alabama program. It wasn’t, obviously, like it is now. Of course, because of me being there and, fortunately, having things going pretty good, Nick Saban ended up there. He’s done a great job. He’s a very good friend.”

Tuberville, who were 7-3 against Alabama from 1999-2008, was then asked so because you whipped Alabama, they had to go get Nick Saban, right?

“That’s pretty much what happened,” Tuberville said with a laugh. “I think I went through five Alabama coaches when I was there.” 

The coaches in that time included Mike DuBose (1997-2000), Dennis Franchione (2001-2002), Mike Price (2003), Mike Shula (2003-2006), Joe Kines (interim in 2006) and Nick Saban.

He was quick to point out, however, that the people of the state of Alabama won’t cast their vote – if he runs – based on where he coached.

“I want things to get better,” Tuberville said. “It seems like we have no plan and no vision for the future. We kinda live year by year, and I’m tired of us losing. We’re not winning. We win in football in this state. People won a lot of championships, but we can’t get out of the cellar in state government.” 

Tuberville went 85-40 on the Plains, including an SEC championship in 2004. His 7-3 record against Alabama included a record six-game winning streak from 2002-07.

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Published at Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:43:09 +0000