It’s happening. Tommy Tuberville really could be the next governor of Alabama.
According to a tweet from Terry Lathan, who serves as chair of the Alabama Republican Party, the former Auburn head coach (1999-2008) has filed the necessary paperwork for a run to become the elected leader of a state full of Crimson Tide fans.
What could possibly go wrong?
— Terry Lathan (@ChairmanLathan) April 3, 2017
The rumors about a potential run had been swirling for months, and this news is a giant leap toward making this run for office a real thing.
According to AL.com’s Paul Gattis, Tuberville loaned himself $100,000 as a procedural move to set up a gubernatorial campaign.
He made the following statement to AL.com on Thursday:
“I’m not doing it just to have a job, and I’m not doing it for ego — if I do it — I truly want to help the people because I have seen a lot of things in this state that can be improved.”
Tuberville, who was fired from his post at Cincinnati following a 4-8 season in 2016, already has a plan in place to win that Crimson Tide vote in spite of his Auburn past. He joked with a popular Birmingham radio show that Alabama fans should love him because he’s the reason they have Nick Saban now.
Tuberville’s Twitter page looks more like a politician’s than a football coach at this point, with a clean cut head shot, Alabama location and no mention of his coaching past.
The state’s next gubernatorial election will take place on Nov. 6, 2018. Incumbent Republican Gov. Robert Bentley cannot seek re-election because of term limits.