As you’re probably aware by now, Tommy Tuberville
was unceremoniously canned by Auburn administrators “resigned” Wednesday, right on the heels of a positively horrific 2008 campaign. With his departure went his assistants’ jobs, but according to wives of two of those assistants, they were never informed by Auburn, finding out only through the press.
This bombshell of shocking d*ckitude comes not from anonymous sources and newspaper columns, but from the wives themselves, live on the air with Bill & Dan from SPORTS CALL on 93.9 in Auburn.
As the station explains:
Roughly an hour after Wednesday’s announcement of Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville’s firing, a woman identifying herself as “Amy” called Bill and Dan on SportsCall. Claiming to be the wife of a coach on Tuberville’s staff, she explains that her husband found out that he was fired while in Maryland recruiting QB Raymond Cotton.
Psht. Anyone could have come up with that story.
Auburn Offensive Coordinator Steve Enzminger was in Maryland recruiting Raymond Cotton and has a wife named Amy.
Oh. Gotcha, then.
Amy’s call was exactly what you would expect from someone who had just found out her husband was fired under such circumstances, if not (a little) more cordial. There was no stream of F-bombs, S-bombs, or Z-bombs, just righteous indignation. “This is how Auburn runs things,” she says, right before avowing that “nobody will beat Nick Saban in this state” unless Auburn hires someone to “shake hands and put a couple hundred dollars in a recruit’s pockets like they did in the past,” a not-so-subtle nod to Terry Bowden. “And they’re looking for someone to buy players.” Yes, all this came out of a coach’s wife’s mouth. In the span of about 20 seconds.
Her entire call, clocking in around 3 minutes, is available for listening at the above link (along with another wife’s call confirming the widespread nature of the aforementioned d*ckitude). It is about the worst possible PR for this Auburn athletic administration, painting the callous nature of the dismissal as a “business as usual” type of ordeal, rather than just a single grave error in judgment. Also, Tuberville’s lack of recruiting violation was portrayed not as a virtue, but as a fireable offense. It would behoove Auburn to respond to these statements quickly and emphatically.
But no apology has been proffered by Auburn as yet.