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News of the Day, 12/1

Hey everyone. I've got a few important things to say. Check below for that.

Thanks for making the HOTTEST Auburn blog on the 'net part of your day.

A few people have emailed in to ask why there was no Auburn story in today's editions of the Montgomery Advertiser and on the web site. I wrote a story detailing Tommy Tuberville's proposed extension and all that. I received the information from two different people, legitimate people with legitimate knowledge of the situation, but wasn't able to get that story in the newspaper.

Here's why: The Advertiser doesn't use unnamed sources under any circumstance. I can't write "sources said" or "sources confirmed" or "said a source familiar with the telephone call". I have no problem with reporters who use unnamed sources. I would if I could. The Advertiser's policy doesn't allow that, so I'm stuck basically praying that one of these sources is willing to go on the record. They generally don't do that in situations like this. They're not willing to sacrifice their careers just to be on the record in the Advertiser when other papers afford them anonymity.

Now you know why there was no Auburn story in the Advertiser this morning.

I'm sorry for that. I know some of you rely on the HABOTN (and me by extension) to provide you with the best Auburn information. I promise to keep working to make that happen.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Calvin said...

That is an outrage. Fight the power.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks for your support.

3:59 PM  
Blogger AUBURN FOOTBALL STUFF said...

Well Tuberville con is on... how about a contract with a Loss penalty. When he loses a game that keeps us out of the top 40 he loses $500,000 or if he loses a game that keeps us out of the SEC Champ game... he loses $500,000. Wow, you lose 4 games and get a raise.... I have got to get a job at Auburn... under achiever U.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I thought Auburn's offer was fair and reasonable. If he doesn't like it, he's welcome to go find someone who will pay his $6 million buyout and move along.

I, for one, am tired of all the drama. It's silly. This is why I couldn't be an athletic director. If I pay a man $2.6 million and kiss his feet for years and he chooses to do me this way, I'd get nasty.

Jay Jacobs isn't that kind of person. That's good news for Auburn.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankfully Jay Jacobs is a solid businessman. Tuberville has been asked since 2 weeks prior to the UGA game to clear the air here and he chose the drama road. Sexton's a thug and Auburn has decided not to deal with him. Kudos there, too.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I agree completely that any drama is on Tuberville.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Jay,

Can Tuberville's beef with the large buyout ($6 mil) be interpreted any way other that he is looking for another job? Is there any other legitimate concern a coach might have with a large buyout?

9:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It is what it is.

That's what Saban says. Good enough for me.

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So do you think Tuberville and Auburn will reduce the buyout more to get this thing worked out? Do you think Tuberville is just insecure with the power structure at Auburn and wants to be able to leave if he feels the need to jump ship before it sinks?

4:22 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I think that's the key there. I wouldn't say Tuberville is comfortable with administration. With a $6 million buyout, he's basically stuck. I mean, there are ways for certain schools to raise $6 million, but I'll be surprised if someone is willing to pay that for Tuberville.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I did a mediocre job at work this year and asked my boss for a raise he would tell me to fly a kite (to put it mildly).

As long as Tubbs is here there will always be drama. But really, I think just about every coach in this day and age is a hired mercenary. Gone are the days of the Bowden's and Paterno's of the world who are loyal to a school. Coaches these days are loyal to their wallets. Not saying that in a bad way, but it's a business first nowadays.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay,

When you say all the drama is on Tubs side, is that in reference to any particular thing he has done? I am most curious about two thing he has done:

The hunting trip to Arkansas doesn't seem like an annual affair. It just happened to be right after Houston Nutt left. What are your thoughts on this?

Also, him going out on the airwaves to force the boosters/administration to yield to him seemed unusual. I have appreciated a more modest approach to contractual discussions. Until this week, I felt Tuberville was following that pretty well. What are your thoughts on this?

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duck hunting trip is an annual affair. It honestly is. He did take Gran and Ensminger with him, two guys that would follow him anywhere.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But weren't there other reports that they were deer hunting. I heard both and it seemed suspicious.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The drama, in my eyes, is rooted in the fact that he won't make a commitment. You're either married or you're not. Pick a side already!

4:11 PM  

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