Former Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville was not present and his name wasn’t mentioned once. Former Coach Pat Dye was sitting on stage with the VIPs and was recognized. Former Athletics Director David Housel not only was highly recognized but also actively participated in the program, speaking and accepting an award on behalf of the team.
It doesn’t take great intellect to see this was an intentional snub of Tuberville. Even if he chose not to attend or was not invited, the very minimum courtesy would have been to verbally recognize his contribution and service to this team, especially since he coached and recruited many of the players. It is as if the powers that be at AU have declared Tommy Tuberville persona non grata.
Many fans sitting near me during the event and at lunch afterwards were as disappointed as were my son and me.
Whoever made this decision to leave Tommy Tuberville out of today’s celebration owes Tuberville, AU, the fans, the state taxpayers and the public in general an explanation and apology.
James W. Anderson