Tommy Tuberville is considering a run for governor Alabama. He clearly acknoweldges the obstacle of a former Auburn coach courting votes from the state’s Crimson Tide fans, but he has a plan.
Tuberville, who coached the Tigers from 1999-2008, appeared on WJOX’s The Opening Drive show in Birmingham to talk about his potential candidacy, and his pitch to Alabama fans is an interesting one: without his six game winning streak in the Iron Bowl, ‘Bama wouldn’t have hired Nick Saban.
"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
Overall, Tuberville was 7-3 against Alabama, with the six straight wins coming from 2002-2007. He beat Saban in their first Iron Bowl match-up, but the following year Saban’s Tide blasted Auburn 36-0. Saban now has the same 7-3 record in the heated rivalry.
We’re not sure if this assertion is enough to get Tuberville over the top of a gubernatorial candidate, but a former Alabama political consultant said he would have a “slugger’s chance.”
We’ll see if he thinks he can flip enough Tide fans to feel comfortable officially throwing his name in the ring.