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10.29.2008

Jay Jacobs speaks

Hey everyone. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs, after being inundated with interview requests this week, will provide a statement regarding Tommy Tuberville's future. It will be available within the half-hour.

Here it is:
"As I do with every coach, I evaluate their job performance based on the body of work. That being the case, we will continue to support Coach Tuberville and the program as we always have, and are looking forward to the next four games."
I requested an interview with Jay Gogue, the university president, earlier this week. His assistant, Brian Keeter, essentially declined that request and explained the decision thusly:
"Dr. Gogue and Jay Jacobs will meet with Coach Tuberville when the football season is over just as they have done in the past. In addition, any decisions on the overall direction of the football program or any other Auburn sports program are made at the recommendation of the athletics director."

120 Comments:

Blogger the biscuitator said...

that is the kiss of death

8:05 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Thats not good for Tubs in my Opinion. No support it sounds like, but if he had said that he supported Tubs for then next several years, we would probably say the same thing.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The hot seat gets hotter.

8:09 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

what was this about jay? why do it now?

8:10 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

I need an updated Jay watch %. What say ya Jay.

8:11 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

no no no..CTT deserves another chance..see the whit it coming less and less.hell maybe it was never there.

8:12 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

agree with eddie..jay %?

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

I think we are left with too much reading into the same comments we read last year. You're only guessing that this spells trouble. I think you have opposing BOT members these days, more than in the past, and that spells good health for Tuberville.
Anybody want to put money on the table one way or the other on Tubs' future?

8:14 PM  
Blogger Fake Steve Jobs said...

IMO, I think Jay is right on with the 75%.

It was ridiculous how hard Spina was spinning in the Scarbinsky article. I didn't believe a word he said.

8:14 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

I put $10 saying he is gone. I don't want that nor will I like it. But that is my gut feeling and what i'm hearing.

8:15 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

I like our program..it seems for the most part clean. one bad year..c'mon!!!

8:16 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

what are you hear*ng edd*e

8:16 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

I don't buy Spina's statement. I feel that was a statement to take the heat off the BOT and to cause turmoil on the coaching staff. I hope I am wrong. I want to believe Spina, but I believe he was a big part of Jetgate.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Fake - that's why they call him Spina

8:17 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

what else is he supposed to say? CTT is definitely gone? CTT is staying regardless of what happens? he can't do that. you wait and evaluate. it is what it is.

8:17 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

edd*e *'ve heard that the ma*n problem *s that the board *s spl*t on the future of Tuberv*lle.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

exactly Scottie- that was a non statement statement


simma down errbody

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eddie - I take your action!!

8:18 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

I am hearing that coaching world believes he is gone and that Auburn is searching for a HC and I believe it because I know it is coming from a coach in Div 1A.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Spina does like Tuberville. I used to work for him. He really does. I don't think he was blowing smoke.

8:20 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

why say anyth*ng at all scott*e?

8:20 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

biscuitator- I believe that is what they want everyone to believe, that the board is split. I do believe that not all are on board with whatever move will or will not happen, but I believe the power brokers are all in line.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Eddie - So, who is it going to be?

8:21 PM  
Blogger Fake Steve Jobs said...

Finebaum said today that some Auburn folks had already contacted Muschamp behind the scenes to gauge his interest. Don't know if he was blowing smoke or not, but that is what he said today.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Doesn't Auburn have to at least be prepared to go another direction? You never know. This year is no different from '03 or '07. This time, however, Tuberville doesn't have many options other than Clemson (maybe).

8:23 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

My question is the HABOTN Nation, does it really matter whether Tubs does his last 4 games? It is going to be a bad season either way. I believe that if JJ wanted to make a statement, he should have made a defiant statement that Tubs is going to back or say nothing at all. JMO.

8:23 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

*'ve heard that there *s a cont*ngency that wants muschamp and a cont*ngency that *s opposed to h*m haven't heard anyth*ng about a 1A coach. Maybe Chr*s Hatcher?

8:23 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

uh, because he is being asked to comment on the status of his head coach? it's nicer than saying 'no comment'. it's not like he called up JG and was like, 'yo, check this out'.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biscuit did I miss something with your I

8:24 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Crudup- Auburn only needs to be prepared if they are planning on making a move.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

JJ doesn't HAVE the say. I think he said the only thing he could say. Company line.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Muschamp? I still don't get it.

8:25 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

edd*e * know that there are 2 brothers (you probably know who) that are spl*t that are major major powerbrokers.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous vrga said...

Now that I got back in my chair after reading that JJ makes hiring and firing decisions. I'd hate to wake up in the morning knowing he had any decision in my future job status. That is unless he had to pay me $6M to stop working. Why even make this statement, it by far raises more questions than it answers, and is definitely not what we need. We're looking forward to the next 4 games? What the hay. Good grief.

8:25 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Monica- I believe they are going after Butch Davis and getting Muschamp lined up as backup candidate.

8:26 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

my * on my laptop qu*t work*ng today. so *'m us*ng the * button anyone care or suggest*ons

8:26 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Seriously they say this every year in the exact same way. If he had said "no comment" you guys would be in an uproar too...

8:27 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

edd*e sexton sa*d that dav*s won't happen.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Jay just said JJ gave the statement in response the all the requests for a statement. JJ is a figurehead. Maybe his statement should have been, "Look, I really don't have any power in this situation. I really just have this job because...well, that's not important. What you people need to know is that I'm in control of this out of control situation. As soon as something happens I'll read about it in the paper and then release a statement to the media."

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Eddie, maybe Tuberville has plans? Duck hunting? The Falcons offices received some calls last year when Tubs was thinking about leaving. It's a two way street.
Either way it's a 12 - 15 million dollar maneuver.

8:29 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

just say we evaluate coaches at the end of every year. why come out and say anyth*ng. He d*dn't have to. don't return calls he put th*s statement out.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous vrga said...

What's the point of making this statement, that's what I want to know. It doesn't make sense if you're looking for a coach or planning to keep your coach. All it does is show that you don't know what the hay you're doing.

8:29 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Biscuitator- Do you expect Sexton to say that Davis is a possiblity? Remember, this is the same guy that said defiantly that Saban was not leaving Miami.

8:29 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

well sa*d mon*ca that *s quote worthy.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biscuit. Could use a 1 rather than shift 8.

Less typ1ng.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

In Eddie's defense I must say don't take Sexton's words as the gospel. That guy doesn't get paid to be honest.

8:30 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

i would agree to say they should have a plan in place should this thing go way, way, way ugly. like, 4-8 ugly. nothing wrong with being prepared.

and Eddie, what Tubs does matters to me. at this point if we pull out say a 7-5 season then i say he screwed up, he admitted it, then fixed it....at least enough to get through 2008....he stays. just my opinion.

8:30 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

It is really only a $9 Million dollar maneuver.

$6 Milll to buyout Tubs.

$2 Mill to buyout Davis

$1 Mill additional coaching salary to Tubs current salary.

8:31 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

No edd*e sexton sa*d that he doesn't mean dav*s *sn't com*ng l*ke saban *sn't com*ng but dav*s *sn't com*ng at all.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Fake Steve Jobs said...

IMO, Tuberville can save his job by beating Alabama. If he loses, he's probably done, IMO. Sad that it is that way, because he has done a wonderful job at Auburn. If you had told me in the winter of 1998 that the next Auburn coach would win six in a row over Alabama, i would have told you that you were crazy.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a side note. Phils about to win World Series.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that certainly changes things.

The in-laws are here for a late supper.

Hope to catch you all at campfire later.

8:33 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

my quest1on w1th jacobs statement that we evaluate coaches every year how d1d slater and lebo stay as long as they have?

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No offense intended, but this thread has a kind of 'rumors on the Internet' quality about it.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Scottie, I tend to agree. But that's nearly a miracle and that's specifically why I agree.

I think Auburn's shoved tightly between a rock and a hard place.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Fake Steve Jobs said...

Davis won't be the next coach at Auburn, IMO.

A more likely scenario is Muschamp.

An intriguing scenario is the guy at Boise St. or Tulsa.

A solid choice is Grobe.

A disaster is Kiffin.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Fake - if that turns out to be true - if all it take for TBTB to be happy is to beat bama ....I'll...I'll...I'll be very pissed.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

b*scu*tator ... your posts are mak*ing me drunk try*ng to read them.

8:35 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Fake Steve- If we make it to the Alabama game an Tubs is still the coach, then he will stay. I want Tubs here. I'm just stating my opinion about the situation.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wives always know....

But, at North Carolina’s big home win over Notre Dame two weeks ago, Davis’ wife did ask Sexton the difference between UNC and Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Eddie, we have two OCs on the payroll and more than another million tied up in current assistants. Plus a package for a guy like Davis would demand something up front. That's where I see 12-15 mill.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

anon ... Jacobs made the statement, Jay G. reported it, and now we are talking about it. Where's the "rumor mill flavor" exactly?

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Muschamp and Jacobs??? You guys expect that Will has grown up that much in one year's time?

8:38 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

okay yall 1'm go1ng to start us1ng the 1 1nstead of the *

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biscuit - The 1 is a better read. Good move.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phred,

Not the statement or Jay's reporting.

All the speculation above this post..

8:39 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Where have YOU been crudup?

8:39 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Crudup- I don't believe it would require something up front, I think it would require guarentees in the contract. We are going to have 2 OC's on the payroll no matter what. I only say Butch Davis because everyone, including Jay, seem to believe that is the guy that AU will pursue.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

You guys seriously think Muschamp is ready to be a HC at this level right now?

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As if Jacobs does any evaluating. "Hey Mr Lowder this is Jay. Does he stay or not?"

8:40 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I'm not much of a spec. builder myself. I like jobs with money up front and a signed contract.

8:40 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

Auburn needs to let a school l1ke M1ch1gan St. gamble on a guy l1ke Muschamp

8:41 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

8:42 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Tim- I don't believe JJ calls lowder. I believe Lowder tracks him down and gives him messages that self destruct in 10 seconds.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way the media highlights Muschamp you would think he is the HC for TX and not Mack Brown. I guess they love his "passion?"

8:42 PM  
Blogger Fake Steve Jobs said...

Good point Kristina.

I've always said that big time schools such as Auburn and Alabama do not need to have on the job training for coaches. Experience at this level is a must.

With that said, alot of folks are high on Muschamp. I figure he will either be the coach at Auburn or Clemson next year.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

My opinion ... Muschamp would be the absolute DUMBEST choice we could make. Even dumber that Kiffen or whatever his name is.

The longer this goes on though, the more I think CTT stays. The dude is just resilient.

8:43 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

It's better to be hot or cold than lukewarm, and the statement by JJ is certainly lukewarm.

I think if AU goes after a guy that has never been a head coach before, that guy would be Muschamp.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Just busy as a bee, Phred. How's your biz going?

Ed, I've heard Butch's name since day 1. Know why? He's the Saban heir apparent. But does that make him an actual candidate? I think it would be a great move for him, especially since he's that competitive. But is it real?

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

Fraid so, Phred. I see chaos for Will as HC at Auburn. And I don't even have the Force.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

I think too many bridges were burned last year on both sides for CWM to make his way back to Auburn.

8:45 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

$$$$ has a way of rebuilding those bridges...

8:45 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I've been busy to Willie J,hence all the after hours posting.

For the record, I have moved into the Butch Davis camp, much to my own dismay.

8:46 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

1'm tell1ng you 1 heard 1t from someone who 1 really trust that sa1d sexton sa1d dav1s 1sn't com1ng and he meant 1t.

8:46 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

The only thing more stupid than firing CTT this year would be to hire CWM. Is he the example we want at the head of this team??

8:47 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'll address this stuff a the campfire.

8:47 PM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

I agree crudup. I have no idea who a HC would be, but you got to believe that TPTB would have some big guy lined up if they are pulling the trigger.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

I guess so James.

I do actually have the Force so here goes...

(waves hand)These are not the coaches you are looking for.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

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8:47 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

I don't believe Muschamp would be the guy.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Fake Steve Jobs said...

I think the guy at Michigan State is a heckuva coach. As is the guy at Boise.

If I were hiring a coach, that is where I would start.

Grobe would be on the list too...


Of course, I think Auburn would be crazy to fire Tuberville.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evidently Sexton spoke at the Birmingham TD Club and said he was going to stay at UNC for a very long time.

http://www.tarheelfanblog.com/2008/10/interesting-quote-from-butch-davis-agent/

8:48 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

biscuit ... okay

8:49 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

I can see the Jay G videos now...

Starring CWM as the head coach, Pat Nix as the OC...

8:49 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

lukewarm = safe, non-commital

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

au1, grain of salt, my man. Grain of salt.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

crudup - I hear ya.

8:50 PM  
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8:50 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Ah, you beat me to it au1 I was just about to ask biscuit if Scarbinsky was his trusted srouce.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I am saying with my mouth that I am going to be here a long time but above my head is a cartoon bubble that says ... "I hope these fools are actually buying this crap, cause dude, for 3 mil I'm a gone ass."

8:50 PM  
Anonymous wootangclan said...

About a week ago, it was mentioned on this blog that the BOT was working on the buyout and for less than 6 mil. The meeting on the buyout was mutual. When he discovered they were trying to go much less than 6 mil Tubbs wet on their parade with his Auburn Man speech and now they are letting him twist. I believe an announcement will be made after the UGA game. I have heard, only form friends in Auburn, that the full buyout has been raised as of last Wednesday.

Others have already contacted Muschamp. This will not be pretty for either side.

(Only repeating what I heard before the WVU game)

I do not like this, as I thing Tubbs should stay. If the BOT is willing to let AU fall like this they may have gottenthe last of my season ticket money.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

wow...the kiss of death as the biscuitator noted..

8:52 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Scott Van Pelt had it right!

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was that bigcat? That he would date someone with a club foot or Kristina meets everything on his checklist?

8:54 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

I agree Kristina. Muschamp needs some seasoning as a HC somewhere else. Just because he is a good DC doesn't make him a good HC. AU is at a stage where they should'nt be a training ground.

He is simply familiar, firey, and a very good DC. I just think he needs a few more years learning to be a HC.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

wootang,
We are gonna fire our HC with 1 game left to go against an opponent that he has beaten 6 years in a row? I simply cannot comprehend that. If he goes, he should go after the season.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone needs the Van Pelt reference...refer to his vmail.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

au1

mmmmm....I would like to see that checklist before I make a comment ;-)

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristina - I think it is lengthy

8:56 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

It would appear so but that was a few years ago so it may be down to
1. No club foot
2. No bells palsey

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Braves Win!! Braves Win!! Braves Win!!

I mean Phils. RIP Skip Carey.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Wow, I think Jacobs said more in what he didn't say than what he did.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least WM would bring back some FIRE to HC job. He would also be someone the players would love to play for. We need a fresh new start. Period!

9:07 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

I think John McCain wrote JJ's speech. "6 more days...".

9:09 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

Anon,

a fiery coach does not mean wins. Houston Nutt has fire but couldn't consistently win ar Ark.

There is less we know that we DO know about WM. I don't want to gamble. I just don't want WM as my #1 candidate.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He may not be my #1 candidate either but I would take him over TT any day of the week. Boise HC is a good one as well!

9:22 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

Why would you take WM over CTT? Are you just ready for a change?

I think CTT has earned more time to fix his mess. I like his intent to just start the offense, but he made critical mistakes with his coaches.

Any other coach will take 3 years to get our program back. Next yr with CTT we could be competing again with the right OC.

The ONLY problem i have with CTT is 1 SECC and not enough opportun ities to be in it.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might be right about another year with a new OC. I just feel that the direction TT has the program headed is only going to get worse. We have lost "monumental" ground this year and a hate the thought of seeing him again next year. We need a new direction in my opinion. Who's to say that with a new OC we wont still see TT making the same bad calls! Wish I had the answer!

9:48 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

that is the $64,000 question. We do know that CTT knows how to win. and anyone else (WM,etc) have NOT proven they can win games. Run a defense...yes.

I just think in about 5 of those years with CTT, if we had had a pretty good offense, we would have been in more SECCs. That's my bad taste with CTT.

10:04 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

It looks like Double J is doing the same thing Tub said at the end of last year.

6:01 AM  

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