Former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville files papers to make governor bid official
According to a tweet from Terry Lathan, the chairman of Alabama’s republican party, former Ole Miss and Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville has filed the necessary paperwork for the Alabama governor’s race.
— Terry Lathan (@ChairmanLathan) April 3, 2017
Tuberville is best known in the state and around the SEC for his successful time on the Plains, which included an 85-40 record and a perfect season in 2004 where his team won the SEC championship and defeated Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. He was the last Auburn coach to have a winning record against Alabama, famously reeling off six-straight wins and finishing with a mark of 7-3 against the Tide.
His formal declaration is complete with an address in Auburn, for those curious.
This sets the stage for some hijinx in one of the most college football crazy states in America.
Registered with the republican party, it will be interesting to see Tuberville parading around the state surrounded by red elephants. It will also be intriguing to see how those Tide fans that once had to stomach Auburn’s “Fear the Thumb” T-shirts as they went for five-straight wins over Alabama will receive Tuberville.
Just like most things in the state of Alabama, the governor’s race may come down to college football. While he should win a certain college town in a landslide, time will tell if Alabama fans will actually swallow their resentment and hear what Tuberville has to say.