What Tommy Tubberville Won't Like About Texas Tech and It May Be Mutual

Larry BurtonSenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Tommy Tuberville of the Auburn University Tigers celebrates after a win over the Clemson Univeristy Tigers 23-20 in overtime during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on December 31, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Tommy Tuberville has an ego and just needs a stage to once again display it on. He felt stifled by the Auburn's board trying to run the show behind his back. Texas Tech just fired the most successful coach they may ever have because they didn't like his ego among the biggest of his faults.

Is there no learning curve here for either party here?

Did Tommy Tuberville or his agent not read http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/img/12-09/1231newleach.pdf? These letters show a board just as controlling, just as anti coach as the one Tuberville left behind at Auburn. One that resents every penny a coach asks for, whether he deserves it or not.

Was he that desperate for a job?

And do the the Texas Tech board members realize that they are bringing in someone who can actually make Mike Leach's ego look small in comparison? Do they not realize that Tuberville's spent years being the King of the anti board coaches.

Maybe Tuberville feels the board is on too shaky a footing to take him on and he can come in and simply steam roll them into submission. If so he doesn't know Texas Tech Board of Regents Chairman Jim Sowell very well.

Sowell made his money in construction and is used to getting in the dirt for results. Tuberville may have met a Bobby Lauder type with even more grit and determination.

Thre will surely be a honeymoon period of course, but in time, this will be one circus to watch as both start jockeying for power and control over the not just the finances of the football program, but the decisions made for it.

While in the short run, it was a savvy move for Tech, long term repercussions may be hard to manage.

Tuberville doesn't go down easy or without the last word. Just ask Auburn.

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