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12.04.2008

LIVE -- Jay Jacobs press conference

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs will be addressing the masses at 11 a.m. CST.

The HABOTN is on hand.

  • Jacobs has arrived.

  • "I asked Tommy to lay out a comprehensive plan. Yesterday in our meeting, Tommy told me that he'd like to resign. We will honor his contract. His willingness and assurances that he wants to continue to be part of the Auburn family" ... is why they paid him the buyout even though he quit.

  • The search: Bill Carr will be handling the search. Jacobs will be meeting with Carr later today.

  • What happened with Tuberville, going from hopeful to resigning in two days' time: "You'd have to ask Tommy about that."

  • Had Tuberville not resigned, would he have been the coach next season: "Absolutely."

  • Search: "We're going to be as efficient as we possibly can."

  • Has Auburn contacted anyone yet: "Not to my knowledge."

  • Current assistants: "We're going to honor their contract. Tommy said he would help stay and call these commitments that we have. If they want to continue recruiting, we'd love for them to continue to do that."

  • Atmosphere at the final meeting: "I was a little shocked. After three times of asking him if he'd change his mind, he convinced me that" this was the best thing for Auburn.

  • On his emotions: "We prayed. It's a tough business. He was involved in the interview process when Dr. Richardson when I interviewed for athletic director. With me asking, I understand he supported me."

  • Is Tuberville just tired" "It's a tough business. You'd have to ask Tommy that. I respect his decision."

  • Did a 36-0 loss to Alabama end this?: "That's the first time I've thought about that score since Saturday night. That had nothing to do with it."

  • "We have a list of coaches. We're going to hire the best person for Auburn regardless of what his title may be."

  • Quick search: "We're not going to rush to judgment."

  • Paying a buyout even though Tuberville resigned: "We just thought that was the best way to treat him."

  • On the search: "Financially, we will have no contraints."

  • Is Tuberville going to coach again?: Jacobs says he told Auburn that he would get no money if he had another job in mind. "He said he planned to be here about a year."

  • Auburn was going to let Tuberville leave for free (ie no buyout) had he wanted another job.

  • Was there ever a time when you thought Tuberville wasn't the guy?: "No. He said he wanted to do this five more years. I told the president that Tommy wants to be here five years and it's my job to get him through the five years."

    JASON BOSLEY SPEAKS

  • "I was upset when I first found out. (The Wednesday meeting) was very emotional. He loves his players. He made sure everyone knew that."

  • "I loved playing for him. He stood up for his players. When times were tough, he had our backs. He just made sure people did things the way they were supposed to."

  • "He gave me a chance when nobody else would. He took a chance on me. I respect him and I'd love him. Right now, I'd run through a wall for him."

  • "One day they love you and the next day, it's cut-throat."

  • Did he quit on you: "I don't believe that whatsoever."

  • Seeing Tuberville emotional last night: "It was probably one of the toughest things I've had to do in a long time."

    END OF INTERVIEW

143 Comments:

Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

http://www.myfoxfinebaum.com/

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this streamed anywhere?

10:55 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

live press conference coverage

10:56 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

TV HERE

10:57 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

My first link was SportsRadio 740

10:58 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm just deleting a little for housekeeping purposes ... no harm done.

10:59 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

This should be interesting to say the least....

11:01 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

is that a "the end" sign on the back part of that desk? appropriate.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Chris03 said...

I think the "The End" sign is a background on the computer.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Roman said...

So, unless Jacob's is lying, they really were ready to give Tuberville a chance to turn it around if he could provide them with a plan that included getting to the next level (read "competing for national championships") and the decision to resign was in fact Tubervilles.

Go on Tommy, take the money and run...

11:05 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I can't believe what is being said!!!!

11:06 AM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

This doesn't make sense

11:07 AM  
Blogger AUWade said...

Not to my knowledge? Isn't it your responsibility to know?

11:07 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Why do I not believe a word that comes from JJ's mouth?

11:07 AM  
Blogger Roman said...

The answer to the question about whether Tuberville would have been the coach next year had he not resigned ("Absolutely") explains why the assistants were out on the road. They didn't see it coming because Tuberville didn't tell them it was coming.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous patdyeswildturkey said...

so the mystery could be right, why did he resign, if thats true....something smells fishy Jay. do your thing

11:07 AM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

asst. coaches still under contract and can still recruit?

11:08 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Why would Jay Jacobs not have knowledge of whether or not Auburn has contacted anyone yet? Shouldn't he be the first to know? Heck, shouldn't he be the one doing the contacting?

11:08 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Maybe "Amy" and "Donna" should give Tubs a call full of righteous indignation.

11:08 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

It's like that lie you made up as a kid and rehearsed 10 times before you told your mother, only for her to bust you before half of it came out of your mouth.

11:08 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

We prayed... wow.

11:09 AM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

Can't wait to hear what Tubs has to say. Of course that may not be much considering the$$$ they still owe him.

11:10 AM  
Blogger AUWade said...

So Dr. Gogue stills want Tommy to help out AU? Maybe there is hope he can be AD?

11:10 AM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

Leach won't be praying with JJ

11:10 AM  
Blogger Roman said...

Why do I not believe a word that comes from JJ's mouth?

Dunno. I actually do believe him. Tuberville's heart definitely was not in it this year and to be frank, I think Tubs figured the beginning of a losing streak (at least with him and his offensive staff in place) against Alabama was in the cards. So it was this year or next. Why not take the money and run? He's rich.

5 million dollars is a ton O' dough even in current dollars. If you earn 100 grand a year, you'd have to work a full fifty years to get to that point. (Coaches are overpaid.)

11:11 AM  
Anonymous dnatl on I85 said...

Will tubs come on at the end and say "I concur"?

11:11 AM  
Blogger MrsFrontRim said...

Nice question JGT

11:11 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

What if Tub comes out and says Jacobs is making this whole thing up?

11:11 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

I'll give Jacobs this, he can work the room.

He calls the media guys by name.

Good salesman. Guess that's how he got this gig.

11:13 AM  
Blogger MrsFrontRim said...

So do you think the buyout is Auburn's way to keep him from going anywhere else?

11:13 AM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

tell the truth and treat people the way you want to be treated

11:14 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"Tell the truth and treat people the way they want to be treated"

wow.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

you can tell this is the greates AD in the history of the world.

Sarcasm intended.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Struttinduck said...

AUWade

I had the same thought, would like to see it happen, personally!

11:15 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

This press conference was going going very well until the reasoning behind paying the buyout.

11:17 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

I call BS on "the buyout is zero"...

11:17 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Why all the dang buyout questions?

11:17 AM  
Anonymous dnatl said...

The Golden Rule?

Just like th bbq chain! It all makes sense!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Well, who will not be coaching in a year? Tubs to Notre Dame?

11:18 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

does anyone not understand "mid-life" crisis....see it all the time and it is not a myth.

11:19 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Good Stuff

11:19 AM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Thanks for the coverage, Jay G.

I got to go earn a living now. No buyout awaiting me.

11:19 AM  
Blogger AUWade said...

It's not a hard decision for Tommy on the buyout. Hmm, do I want to not work and get paid millions of dollars for it?

11:19 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

did anyone else just lose audio?

11:20 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

why work your brains out when you can get a buyout and not work....guess that's hard for young guys who are hungry to understand

11:20 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Things that make you go hmmmmmm?

11:20 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

personal problems can make you do a lot of things others don't understand

11:21 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I think this is great. I love TT, I really do, and have stated that many times before, but now we have to add HIM to the list of people that will be meddling around the program next year. As if Lowder's crew and an incompetent AD weren't enough, the next coach will also have TT looking over his shoulder, calling his recruits (wth???), and generally being a meddler. Fan-freaking-tastic situation they've created there.

11:23 AM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

F baum is a complete idiot and have lost what little respect i have for him. What an A--bag!

11:24 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

What did finebaum do?

11:24 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I heard you on the radio Jay...good question. I must say that if this is the way is went down and Jacobs is shooting straight, I have gained a new found respest for the admin and I was completely wrong in my assessment of this situation. Thanks CTT for all you've done for the AU family. WAR EAGLE...lets go find a head coach!

11:25 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

yes, I don't want him in a Pay Dye situation

11:25 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

no financial constraints?? butch davis?

11:28 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

why does Doug not buy it? Is he all knowing?!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Montez Robinson.
The 6-4, 235-pound Robinson received numerous early offers. He quickly narrowed his list to Alabama, Auburn and Georgia before committing to the Tigers last summer.

"I'm no longer committed to Auburn," Robinson on Wednesday evening. "It's Georgia or Alabama now. I won't make my decision until signing day."

"I like the same things about Georgia that I like about Alabama. They're both about the same."

While Robinson lists Alabama and Georgia as his two finalists, some believe that when all is said and done he might end up at Purdue.

Jonathan Atchison As for Atchison, the 6-3, 215-pound Douglas HS linebacker says that Tuberville's departure has left him with second thoughts.
"I'm still committed to Auburn," Atchison said on Wednesday, "but Alabama is my number one team right now."

"I'm going to wait and see who Auburn brings in before I de-commit or anything like that," Atchison added. "Alabama is in great shape with me. I just want to see which direction Auburn goes in."

11:29 AM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

he said you cannot believe anything JJ says and this is a complete farce. Just giving CTT money is just crazy Blah Blah Blah
A--BAG!

11:30 AM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I know I'm late replying to some of yesterday's posts, but as far as yesterday when I said it was easier to get to a BCS bowl in the ACC year in and year out, I was talking about a BCS BOWL. Not the BCS title game. I think some of you misunderstood, my point was that it is easier to win a conference championship in the ACC than the SEC.

11:31 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

as a mother, we say a lot of things because we believe our children can do no wrong

11:32 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

doug is so cynical......really ..have you looked at Faulkner lately?

11:33 AM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

So -- either you think a man just stood up there and LIED.

LIED and talked about praying and said God bless -- he lied about CTT saying he was tired.

Lied about asking him to reconsider.

OR

You all got upset about ABSOLUETLY NOTHING yesterday.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep up the great work jay!

11:36 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Jay G. Thanks for the hard work and the good questions.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Roman said...

Some interesting tidbits from the ESPN article by Billy Tucker on Tuberville's firing/resignation:

"Auburn's recruiting class is sitting just outside our top 15 despite not claiming a single ESPNU 150 prospect. The group is led by Travante Stallworth (Leesville, La.), ESPN's No. 21 overall athlete, who had only an offer from Tulsa when he committed to the Tigers this past summer. The class is filled with prospects who, like Stallworth, do not boast a plethora of BCS offers to entice them away from their commitments to Auburn at this time.

...

Whoever gets the job at Auburn will be walking into a great situation in regards to long-term recruiting. Tuberville won without signing a multitude of real difference-makers, particularly at receiver and quarterback, in his tenure.
"

Tuberville's recruiting on offense in the time since the classes that brought in Jason Campbell, Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams, Devin Aromoshudu (sp?) and Ben Obamanu has been way, way overrated. (That's not a slap at the QB's on the current scholarship roster. Dunno what kind of players they are and won't until they get some decent coaching.)

We get all these "highly rated" classes but it's always been a mystery to me how they can be so highly rated when they are filled with second tier prospects that AU is fighting for with schools like Troy, Southern Miss, Tulsa, etc.

I think it was time (and maybe past time) for Tuberville to go. The Franklin debacle (read "the way Tommy didn't really even interview Franklin in depth and didn't talk to him much after he was hired", not "Franklin was a bad coach") points in that direction. The comments about "the type of players" that AU can get (Bo Jackson? Tracy Rocker? Jason Campbell? Ronnie and the Cadillac?) points that way too.

Tommy Tuberville had a great run but he wanted to put it on cruise control in a conference that requires both hands on the wheel and pedal to the metal.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay,

As expected, Finebaum's take is that what Jacobs says is pretty much 90% BS. Is that an accurate % you think?

11:38 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Chris you seem more fired up than some of the people you seem to be upset at for being fired up yesterday.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

If Doug and Longshore are going to say they don't believe a word out of JJ's mouth, they should at least say why.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tuberville wasn't going to be fired. I believe that. I've heard it from both sides of the equation.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Chris - Switch to decaf.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Well RK, people who jumped the gun and then jumped on anyone who defended thier University after some said they became:

1. A laughing stock.

2. Embarrassment

3. Disgusting

Yeah, sorry if I call people out for blasting this Admin.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Wow - He actually resigned. Now the question is why.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Michael4AU said...

My question is this. If the plan was for Tubs to stay on, why did they not say something on Monday or Tuesday before he resigned on Wednesday?

11:41 AM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

whew.

SERENITY NOW!!!!!!!

11:42 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

well it's easier to take knowing he resigned. What's TT going to do for Gogue, drive him around town in a lincoln towncar?

11:43 AM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Well, unless you think JJ lied....

He said CTT hadn't commited to coming back Mon or Tues.

11:43 AM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

because you would not listen if they said Auburn did a good thing for tommy and Auburn is a special place. Wheter it was word for word how jay described it happened, it really does not matter. The money was "thanks for the memories" money. We appreciate you. That is why we are the auburn family and I will belive it went down similar to how it was described. Maybe I am just not cynical enough.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Roman said...

JGT: "Tuberville wasn't going to be fired. I believe that. I've heard it from both sides of the equation."

If JGT says it, I believe it. And again, that accounts for the fact that assistants left to recruit. Tuberville was staying if he wanted. He didn't want. Some of those coaches wives ought to call back in today and vent their anger in the correct direction.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Lincoln Towncar is so governmental limo fleet car.

11:45 AM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I think Jacobs is full of crap. If he wasn't planning on firing Tuberville he would have come out and said we want Tommy as long as he wants to be here.

Everyone in this state was saying it's a matter of time before Tuberville gets fired this week. Why were we contacting other coaches if we had no intent of firing him?

11:45 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Chris,

It's just people and their opinions. I disagreed with those people yesterday, but I didn't let it get to me. You seem like it got to you that some disagreed with your side of it.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous hip-hopanonymous said...

Why is Finebaum an idiot for thinking it was dumb of AU to pay Tubbs when he quit? I agree with that. You think someone who went 5-7 deserves six million dollars??

11:46 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

i am actually beginning to buy this story.

Mon: would you prefer a bulletproof range rover?

11:46 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

If Jacobs jumped to the mic everytime fans started screaming he'd do nothing else. Come on.

11:46 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

"I think Jacobs is full of crap. If he wasn't planning on firing Tuberville he would have come out and said we want Tommy as long as he wants to be here. "

Sounds familiar, rewind one year and reverse the two people you are talking about.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

The name I am hearing that has not hit the media yet is Charlie Strong.

11:47 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If money truly is not an issue, an inexperienced Charlie Strong won't be an option.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous hip-hopanonymous said...

"Tuberville wasn't going to be fired."




Jesus, what would it take for him to be fired? I cant really believe this and am frightened of who they will hire.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Wade said...

"No Financial Constraints"

I'm in Florida and I just heard Jimmy Sexton yell Cha-Ching!

11:49 AM  
Blogger Michael4AU said...

It was just an honest question. I believe in the Auburn family as well, but families can have bad apples.

I'll go with what JJ just said today, but I don't think you can blame some people for being cynical given what happened in 2003. Doesn't mean history has repeated itself, but it's not as if there is no precedent to go on here.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

I was thinking more along the lines of the Mercedes Benz F700 Limo. That's just me.

11:50 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

The part about money not being an issue is one of the things I do take at face value from that presser.

I think the "Jays" know the stakes are higher now and I wouldn't be surprised to see a 4.5 or 5 million dollar figure when this is all said and done.

That much money would be for a "name", not for the likes of a Muschamp or Strong, they can be had for much much less.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Fancy

11:51 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hip-Hop - That's exactly what I've been thinking.

11:51 AM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

You guys really believe he just suddenly four days after he said he wanted to be here, decided he wanted to resign? And then the boosters who like him so much decided they would give him 6 mil anyways? Get real.

11:51 AM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

I do not think sexton will geyt any of the buyout. He gets paid on the front end.

11:51 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

The closest Charlie Strong will get to be Auburn's coach is a booth at Byrons Smokehouse

11:51 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I am not saying it will be STrong. the guy that gets the job may not have been mentioned yet.

I am just hearing that for recruiting and great Defense, Strong has been mentioned as a candidate for head-coach.

There is some thought he could bring some offensive assistants with him.

Contact has been made.

11:53 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Derek Dooley,

Bring in Searles as OC
Bring back Rodney Gardner
Keep Willis and Rhodes if possible

11:53 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Barkley - There are obviously missing pieces to the story. However, I don't think "they would have announced it earlier if he was staying" is a legitimate reason for thinking JJ's version is 100% false.

11:54 AM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

back to my comment, that personal problems make us do things that others will never understand....been there done that

11:54 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Rodney coming back as recruiting coordinator would be nice.

11:54 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Well contact has to be made with a minority for the BCA's sake. But if a minority is the most qualified, I am all for it

11:55 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

You can't please all of the people all of the time.

11:55 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Turner Gill would get a look before Charlie Strong.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous vrga said...

Everything Jacobs says about Tuberville definately staying if he didn't resign is a contradiction to how the situation was handled.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Turner Gill will be at Syracuse anyway

11:59 AM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I guess I'm just being cynical or something, but Jay Jacobs story makes no sense at all so I'm not believing it. I understand he sounds sincere, so most people want to believe it all, but just think about what was going on earlier this week.

Turner Gill = 14-21 as a head coach.

11:59 AM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

Why could it not be that simple? I agree CTT had made some enemies, but in my judgement the events relayed by JJ are just as plausible. Look, I do beleive they wanted a plan and the more Tubbs thought about it he thought hey I m not willing to do this. It could be just that simple. I cannot believe that JJ would get up and god bless everyone and say the prayed about it and answer questions for 25 minutes and be telling the biggest lie of his life.

12:00 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

anybody else out there in their mid 50's that know what I am talking about or do guys not own up to that? Hard for young guys to understand

12:01 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Gill has experience as a HC and he's been at Buffalo who is going to play in their 1st bowl game ever.

I was just doing the comparison with Charlie Strong and Gill is a much better candidate.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Will Muschamp's house is now off the market in Auburn.

Just saying...

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you listen to JJ, and not the idiot talking heads, you have to at least give some credence to what he's saying. It would take some huge ones to concoct, prepare, and deliver a lie about Coach T's resignation. Now, let's hope this coaching hire leaves us all excited.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm not sure that it was foregone conclusion that Tuberville was saying, but I honestly believe there was no effort to fire him, either.

Both sides were relaying their thoughts. Tuberville pressed the issue yesterday and that led to a resignation.

He wasn't forced to resign.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

What up peeps?

How do you know when a man is lying?

12:05 PM  
Blogger KJtiger said...

According to most I should ask you jay, how much is JJ paying you to say that?

12:05 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Jay G, CTT pressed what issue?

12:05 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

Kristina,

He probably pressed the issue of why he hadn't been given the proverbial public "vote of confidence" that he would indeed return.

12:06 PM  
Blogger McLovin said...

I guess it is time to start tracking flights.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

What do you mean Tuberville pressed the issue?

What issue?

12:07 PM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

JGT, not trying to pimp any other blogs (love The HABOTN) but this a nice interview by Goldberg.
http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2008/12/tuberville_says_he_has_no_anom.html

12:07 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

maybe the economy has left you all so cynical
Thanks Jay for all the hard work because I know you have had a relationship with all of them

12:07 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

So Monday morning Tommy wanted to be here five years, and somewhere between then and yesterday afternoon he changed his outlook completely.

Wouldn't you guys agree even if you believe the story that Tuberville willingly resigned that something shady went down to change things that quickly?

12:07 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Jay, How much stuff do you find out is "off the record" or unreportable?

12:09 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

Bingo barkley...

Auburn was using the delay to shop for a coach, IMO.

Tuberville knew it and pushed the issue which resulted in a resolution.

12:09 PM  
Blogger jim in scranton said...

I don't know what happened and I don't care what happened. It's done now. I just want a coach that can win more than 2/3's of his games. I want a coach that can win when he is expected to. I want a coach who will show some fire.

I appreciate what Tuberville did, but the program was in decline. It wasn't too hard to see that. It's time to move on.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Struttinduck said...

What is the benfit of using a search firm? Who is Carr?

12:11 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

The impression that I got was that yesterday afternoon Tub was pissed that he hadn't heard anything and wanted an answer. They met and apparently Tub at some point decided it was best to move on.

I also get the impression that wasn't the response Jacobs was expecting.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Sean from Ca$hville said...

FSJ, going to have to respectfully disagree with you there. Trying to save face and hire a guy behind the scenes after our 2003 media disaster sounds like a bad idea. If they wanted Tuberville gone, well it doesn't take 4 days after the season ends to do that.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we can watch Turner Gill tomorrow night coach in the MAC championship game. Sure wish Buffalo was slated for an early bowl game rather than ~Dec 30. I think he'd be a great coach for AU, but I, like all others here, really don't know enough about him.

12:12 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Antoine Carr, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks?

Greg Carr, formerly of the Auburn Tigers?


Actually, Carr is over the firm that is going to assist with the coaching search.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Doesn't matter. Turner Gill will be at Syracuse in January

12:13 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Exactly FSJ, so where Jacobs is lying is when he is telling people that he knew all along that he wanted Tubs to be the coach next year. If he knew that, and Tommy said he wanted to be here five years, it wouldn't have been drug out. It's pretty simple.

12:13 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Much like when Tommy came back after his hunting trip last year and said he was always going to be staying at Auburn? Yet, he couldn't say anything before that when given a chance?

12:15 PM  
Blogger Sean from Ca$hville said...

Barkley, your argument hinges around the fact that Jacobs drug it out. We don't know that. It could have been CTT for all we know.

12:16 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

doug...did your coach at Faulkner not leave for personal reasons...why is that so hard to believe.....can't reiterate the mid 50's reference again...

12:19 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

So what's your point RK? I wasn't saying Tuberville doesn't lie, we really can't believe either one of them, and will probably never know what really happened.

I'm just betting what really happened isn't what Jacobs said because it doesn't add up.

12:22 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

personal things cause us to do things that others will never understand......need I say more to the roundtable hosts

12:22 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

I think many of you are missing the point here. The question isn't whether we should blame Jacobs or Tuberville? The question is was this handled in the best interest of Auburn. Nobody is worried about Tuberville. He will be fine. He wouldn't have any problem coaching somewhere else if he wanted to.

The way this was handled was poor. This was very embarrassing. While Jacobs has appeared to do a good job as Athletic Director, he didn't show good business skills in handling this.

Look at what they did with recruiting in terms of how this was handled. It could have been handled much better and a transition plan could have been in place that wouldn't have the head coach leaving without the knowledge of coaches out on the road. That is very poor planning.

There is a reason the coach in waiting thing has become popular. This is very similar to the problems caused in 2003 that partially caused this unique season. We will feel the effects from what happened yesterday 5 years down the road when the current recruits start graduating.

That is the reality of major college football. That is why FSU and Texas have plans in place. Blaming Jacobs, or Lowder, or Tuberville is pointless. What should have happened was the best interest of Auburn should have been protected, and those interests were not.

12:26 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

My point is, everyone eventually gave Tub the benefit of the doubt after last December's mistake. If Auburn makes a good hire, nobody will remember Jacobs "lies".

12:29 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

WarEagleRK, what evidence do you have to call Jacobs a liar?

12:32 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Where did I call Jacobs a liar?

I used quotes around the word lies in reference to those who are saying he is lying.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

We should all take a step back and think about what can be done that is in the best interest of Auburn. Bashing the people involved is pointless. Finding a new head coach has to be a priority and it needs to happen as quickly as possible.

Hopefully, if this was Tuberville's decision, he can influence some of the recruits that have already jumped ship to come back in the fold. The only way that can happen is for them to quickly find a replacement.

If things are as Jay said and they weren't planning on firing Tuberville, then getting a replacement may not be as quick of a process as we would like.

If we are going after an experienced top notch coach, it will likely be after the bowls before a new coach is named. That would seriously hurt recruiting and if that fell through we could end up shopping through leftovers.

This needs to be handled quickly, but not so quickly that we take someone that isn't a long term solution for Auburn.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Ah, okay RK. I misunderstood. I just think it best to try to look for the positives in this.

One of the positives is that we may get an offensive minded HC, which would be a significant change. If Rhoads will hang around for the defense, a top notch offensively minded coach might get us headed in the right direction.

12:41 PM  
Blogger autigerpsqr said...

What are the odds of gaining the interest of a guy like Chris Petersen at Boise State?

1:28 PM  

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