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Tommy Tuberville
Tommy H. Tuberville
Tommy H. Tuberville
Title Head Coach
College Texas Tech
Sport Football
Conference Big 12
Born September 18, 1954 (1954-09-18) (age 55)
Place of birth Camden, Arkansas
Annual salary $1.5 million per year[1]
Career highlights
Overall 110-60
Bowls 6-3
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
1 SEC Championship (2004)
5 SEC Western Division Titles (2000-2002, 2004-2005)
2004 Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
2004 Walter Camp Coach of the Year
Playing career
1972-1976 Southern Arkansas
Position S
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Arkansas St (DE/LB)
Miami (Assistant)
Texas A&M (DC)
Ole Miss
Texas Tech

Thomas Hawley Tuberville (born September 18, 1954) is an American college football coach who currently serves as the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. Tuberville served as the head coach of the Auburn Tigers football team until December 3, 2008, when he resigned from the position after completing his tenth season.[2]

Tuberville was the 2004 recipient of the Walter Camp and Paul Bryant Coach of the Year awards after Auburn's 13–0 season. He earned his 100th career win on October 6, 2007 in a 35–7 victory over Vanderbilt. He is also the only football coach in Auburn history to beat in-state rival Alabama six consecutive times.


Early years

Tuberville was born and raised in Camden, Arkansas. He graduated from Harmony Grove High School in Camden in 1972. He received a B.S. degree in physical education from Southern Arkansas University in 1976.

Coaching career


Early career

Tuberville coached at Hermitage High School in Arkansas to begin his career. Tuberville was an assistant coach at Arkansas State University. He then went through the ranks at the University of Miami, beginning as graduate assistant and ending as defensive coordinator in 1993 and winning the national championship three times during his tenure there (1986–1994). In 1994, Tuberville replaced Bob Davie as defensive coordinator under R. C. Slocum at Texas A&M University. The Aggies went 10–0–1 that season.

Ole Miss

Tuberville got his first collegiate head coaching job at the University of Mississippi. He took over a Rebel team under severe NCAA scholarship sanctions and was named the AP SEC Coach of the Year in 1997. During his tenure, he acquired the nickname "The Riverboat Gambler" for his aggressive play calling, particularly on 4th down. Tuberville is infamous at Ole Miss, making the statement “They’ll have to carry me out of here in a pine box,” in reference to not leaving to coach at another school. Two days after he made that statement, it was announced that he was leaving to go to Auburn, leaving some upset fans at Ole Miss.


He left Ole Miss following the 1998 regular season to take the head coaching job at Auburn University. During his tenure at Auburn, Tuberville guided the Tigers to the top of the SEC standings, leading the Tigers to an SEC Championship and the Western Division title in 2004. Under his direction, the Tigers made eight consecutive bowl appearances including five New Year's Day bowl berths.

The Auburn Tigers were a perfect 13–0 in 2004 including the SEC title and a win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. Tuberville received Coach of the Year awards from the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

In 2005, despite losing the entire starting backfield from the unbeaten 2004 team to the first round of the NFL Draft, Tuberville led Auburn to a 9–3 record, finishing the regular season with victories over rivals Georgia and Alabama.

Under Tuberville, Auburn had a winning record against its biggest rival, Alabama (7–3), and was tied with its next two most significant rivals, Georgia (5–5) and LSU (5–5). He led Auburn to 6 straight victories over in-state rival Alabama, the longest win streak in this rivalry since 1982, which was the year Auburn broke Alabama's 9 year streak.

Tuberville also established himself as one of the best big game coaches in college football, winning 9 of their last 15 games against Top 10 opponents (since the start of the 2004 season). In 2006, his Tigers recorded victories over two Top 5 teams who later played in BCS bowls, including eventual BCS Champion Florida. Tuberville had a 5-2 career record versus Top 5 teams, including 3 wins versus Florida. However, Tuberville developed a reputation for losing games where he clearly had the better team. Examples include a humbling 24-point loss to a then 4–5 Alabama team in 2001, and back-to-back losses to Vanderbilt (first time Auburn lost to Vandy in over five decades) and Arkansas in 2008. In fact, after dropping 3 straight SEC games in 2003, Auburn booster Bobby Lowder, along with Auburn's President Walker and Athletic Director Housel, contacted then Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino to gauge his interest in taking the Auburn job, if Tuberville was fired. The press found out about the meeting, which occurred just prior to the 2003 Alabama game, and the episode has since been referred to as 'JetGate'.

Tuberville coached 19 players who were selected in the NFL draft, including four first round picks in 2004, with several others signing as free agents. He coached 8 All-Americans and a Thorpe Award winner (Carlos Rogers). Thirty-four players under Tuberville were named to All-SEC (First Team). Eighteen players were named All-SEC freshman. His players were named SEC player of the week 46 times. He also had 2 SEC players of the year and one SEC Championship game MVP.

Tuberville fired Tony Franklin as the offensive coordinator of Auburn on October 8, 2008. After the 2008 season, with a 5–7 record highlighted by losses to Vanderbilt, West Virginia, and a final 36–0 loss to Alabama, he resigned from Auburn.[2] Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs claimed that Tuberville voluntarily resigned. Jacobs added: "To say the least, I was a little shocked. But after three times of asking him would he change his mind, he convinced me that the best thing for him and his family and for this football program was for him to possibly take a year off and take a step back."[3] With his departure, Tuberville will be paid a pro-rated buyout of $5.1 million. The payments include $3 million within 30 days of his resignation date and the remaining amount within a year later.

Following his departure from Auburn, during the 2009 football season, Tuberville worked as an analyst for Buster Sports and ESPN, discussing the SEC and the Top 25 on various television shows and podcasts.[4] He also appears with a cameo in The Blind Side.

Texas Tech

On December 31, 2009, Tuberville expressed interest in becoming the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. The position was left open after the university fired Mike Leach.[5] On January 9, 2010, Tuberville was named head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. He was introduced at a press conference on Sunday, January 10, 2010.[6]

Head coaching record

Tuberville before the 2007 Vanderbilt game, his 100th career win.
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Ole Miss Rebels (SEC West) (1995–1998)
1995 Ole Miss 6–5 3–5 6th (West)
1996 Ole Miss 5–6 2–6 6th (West)
1997 Ole Miss 8–4 4–4 3rd (West) W Motor City 22 22
1998 Ole Miss 6–5 3–5 4th (West)
Ole Miss: 25–20 12–20 ‡ Ole Miss was on probation in 1995 and 1996
Auburn Tigers (SEC West) (1999–2008)
1999 Auburn 5–6 2–6 5th
2000 Auburn 9–4 6–2 1st L Citrus 20 18
2001 Auburn 7–5 5–3 T-1st L Peach
2002 Auburn 9–4 5–3 T-1st W Capital One 16 14
2003 Auburn 8–5 5–3 3rd W Music City
2004 Auburn 13–0 8–0 1st W Sugar 2 2
2005 Auburn 9–3 7–1 T-1st L Capital One 14 14
2006 Auburn 11–2 6–2 2nd W Cotton 8 9
2007 Auburn 9–4 5–3 2nd W Chick-fil-A 14 15
2008 Auburn 5–7 2–6 4th
Auburn: 85–40 52–30
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 South) (2010–present)
2010 Texas Tech
Total: 110–60
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Personal life and community involvement

Tuberville is married to Suzanne (née Fette) of Guilford, Indiana. They are the parents of two sons, Tucker and Troy.

Tuberville is an active member of the Auburn Church of Christ[7] and contributes time and resources to other organizations within the Auburn community including Storybook Farm,[8] an equestrian-based program offering free therapeutic care to children with debilitating illnesses and those suffering from bereavement. Additionally, he hosts charity golf tournaments for Camp ASCAA, the Girls and Boys Club of Montgomery, the Auburn University Marching Band, and the Alabama Sheriff's Youth Ranch.



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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sonny Lubick
Miami Hurricanes Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Greg McMackin
Preceded by
Joe Lee Dunn
University of Mississippi Head Football Coaches
Succeeded by
David Cutcliffe
Preceded by
Terry Bowden; Bill Oliver (interim)
Auburn University Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Gene Chizik
Preceded by
Mike Leach; Ruffin McNeill (interim)
Texas Tech Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bob Stoops
Walter Camp Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Joe Paterno
Preceded by
Nick Saban
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Succeeded by
Mack Brown


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