It wasn’t long ago that former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville made his case to be the school’s athletic director. So what does he think now that Buffalo AD Allen Greene is reportedly being hired?
On Thursday morning, Tuberville discussed the potential hire on WJOX 94.5 FM’s The Morning Drive.
“He worked with Danny White at Central Florida. I think he’s a good, young athletic director. I don’t know a lot about him. Hopefully he knows he’s got his hands full,” Tuberville said. “I hope he knows he can have some good success, but he’s got to take the bull by the horn when he gets there because there’s a lot of changes that probably he’ll have to make.”
Tuberville likes Greene’s background enough that he believes he’ll thrive in the role, so long as Auburn’s administration doesn’t handcuff him.
“I think he’ll do good. I think he just needs support, administration give him full rein to get the job done. You don’t want to come in and be limited in things you do. Hey, give him full rein. Let him do it. I think he’s been around good people, and that’s what it takes.
“When you’ve been around good people and understand how it’s run, and he’s done it for a year or so I think on his own, which is going to be key. He’s got some experience. Sometimes it’s good to come from the outside in and bring new principles and new ideas to make something work. He’s got a great product, but he’s got a lot of straightening out to do.”
Tuberville also raved about the decision to bring back offensive line coach J.B. Grimes to The Plains.
“J.B. is kind of a dying breed. He’s a great football coach. He really knows what he’s doing. The thing that spread offenses brought to high school and college football is the under coaching of offensive linemen. That being said, what happens is a lot of these offensive line principles that they bring with the spread, they don’t really block everybody.
Tuberville described Grimes as a “technician” who will put a lot of guys in pro football, and he’ll be exactly what the Tigers need as they have a lot of growing up to do up front before next season.
“There’s really no technique. It’s kind of like punt protection. You know, you drop back and try to get in somebody’s way and hope the quarterback gets rid of it. It’s really dumbed it down, and J.B. is old school. He understands the protections, he understands how to block blitzes, he protects the quarterback.”
You can listen to the full interview below.