As Tommy Tuberville weighs the possibility of running for governor of Alabama, the former Auburn football coach realizes he’ll need to endear himself to a major segment of the population: Crimson Tide fans.
Tuberville, who coached the Tigers from 1999-2008, had a bold claim on “The Opening Drive” on Birmingham radio station WJOX for why he believes he deserves the votes of Alabama fans.
"If it wasn't for me, you wouldn't have Nick Saban."
– Tuberville on why Alabama fans should vote for him
— Opening Drive (@openingdrive) March 29, 2017
Tuberville thinks his six-game winning streak over the Crimson Tide was a key factor in Saban landing at Alabama.
If that’s really the case, Crimson Tide fans should be propelled to swallow their pride and rush to the polls in November should Tuberville decide to run. Saban is revered in the state, so anyone (even an Auburn coach) that contributed to the legendary coach’s arrival at Alabama is worthy of credibility.
Tuberville is being considered as a candidate representing the Republican party, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. Tuberville is expected to make a decision soon on whether to run for Alabama governor.
Former political consultant Steve French said Tuberville would have a “slugger’s chance” of getting elected.
Despite not having any political experience, Tuberville believes his time on the sidelines has helped prepare him for being governor.
“I think I could make a difference if I do decide to run because it is all about sales, organization and leadership,” Tuberville said. “Some people say you’ve not been in politics. I’ve been in a big part of it. This whole country’s politics now.”
While at Auburn, Tuberville went 7-3 against Alabama, had an overall record of 85-40 and guided the program to the SEC championship in 2004.