Tuberville Era (1999-2008)

  • Tommy Tuberville left Ole Miss following the 1998 regular season to take the head coaching job at Auburn University
  •  During his tenure at Auburn (85-40, .680), Tuberville guided the Tigers to the top of the SEC standings, leading the Tigers to an SEC Championship and the Western Division title in 2004
  • In 2004, Auburn was a perfect 13–0 including the SEC title and a win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. Tuberville received Coach of the Year awards from the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
  • Under his direction, the Tigers made eight consecutive bowl appearances including five New Year’s Day bowl berths
  • Under Tuberville, Auburn had a winning record against its biggest rival, Alabama (7–3), and was tied with its next two most significant rivals, Georgia (5–5) and LSU (5–5). He led Auburn to six straight victories over in-state rival Alabama, the longest win streak in this rivalry since 1982, the year Auburn broke Alabama’s nine-year winning streak.
  • Tuberville also established himself as one of the best big-game coaches in college football, as his teams won nine of their last 15 games against Top-10 opponents since the start of the 2004 season. In 2006, his Tigers recorded victories over two Top-5 teams who later played in BCS bowls, including eventual BCS Champion Florida. Tuberville had a 5-2 career record versus Top-5 teams, including three wins versus Florida.
  • Tuberville coached 19 players who were selected in the NFL draft, including four first-round picks in 2004, with several others signing as free agents. He coached eight All-Americans and a Thorpe Award winner (Carlos Rogers).  Thirty-four players under Tuberville were named to All-SEC (First Team).  Eighteen players were named All-SEC freshman.  His players were named SEC player of the week 46 times.  He also had two SEC players of the year and one SEC Championship game MVP.
  • After the 2008 season, with a 5–7 record including losses to Vanderbilt, West Virginia, and a final 36–0 loss to Alabama, he resigned from Auburn.   Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs claimed that Tuberville voluntarily resigned. Jacobs added: “To say the least, I was a little shocked.  But after three times of asking him would he change his mind, he convinced me that the best thing for him and his family and for this football program was for him to possibly take a year off and take a step back.”  With his departure, Tuberville was paid a pro-rated buyout of $5.1 million.  The payments included $3 million within 30 days of his resignation date and the remainder within a year.
2008 | Record: 5-7
Date Opponent W/L Score
8/30/2008 Louisiana-Monroe W, 34-0
9/6/2008 Southern Mississippi W, 27-13
9/13/2008 @ Mississippi St. W, 3-2
9/20/2008 Louisiana St. L, 21-26
9/27/2008 Tennessee W, 14-12
10/4/2008 @ Vanderbilt (TN) L, 13-14
10/11/2008 Arkansas L, 22-25
10/23/2008 @ West Virginia L, 17-34
11/1/2008 @ Mississippi L, 7-17
11/8/2008 Tennessee-Martin W, 37-20
11/15/2008 Georgia L, 13-17
11/29/2008 @ Alabama L, 0-36
2007 | Record: 9-4
Date Opponent W/L Score
9/1/2007 Kansas St. W, 23-20
9/8/2007 South Florida L, 23-26
9/15/2007 Mississippi St. L, 14-19
9/22/2007 New Mexico St. W, 55-20
9/29/2007 @ Florida W, 20-17
10/6/2007 Vanderbilt (TN) W, 35-7
10/13/2007 @ Arkansas W, 9-7
10/20/2007 @ Louisiana St. L, 24-30
10/27/2007 Mississippi W, 17-3
11/3/2007 Tennessee Tech W, 35-3
11/10/2007 @ Georgia L, 20-45
11/24/2007 Alabama W, 17-10
Peach Bowl
12/31/2007 Clemson W, 23-20
2006 | Record: 11-2
Date Opponent W/L Score
9/2/2006 Washington St. W, 40-14
9/9/2006 @ Mississippi St. W, 34-0
9/16/2006 Louisiana St. W, 7-3
9/23/2006 Buffalo (NY) W, 38-7
9/28/2006 @ South Carolina W, 24-17
10/7/2006 Arkansas L, 10-27
10/14/2006 Florida W, 27-17
10/21/2006 Tulane (LA) W, 38-13
10/28/2006 @ Mississippi W, 23-17
11/4/2006 Arkansas St. W, 27-0
11/11/2006 Georgia L, 15-37
11/18/2006 @ Alabama W, 22-15
Cotton Bowl
1/1/2007 Nebraska W, 17-14
2005 | Record: 9-3
Date Opponent W/L Score
9/3/2005 Georgia Tech L, 14-23
9/10/2005 Mississippi St. W, 28-0
9/17/2005 Ball St. (IN) W, 63-3
9/24/2005 Western Kentucky W, 37-14
10/1/2005 South Carolina W, 48-7
10/15/2005 @ Arkansas W, 34-17
10/22/2005 @ Louisiana St. L, 17-20
10/29/2005 Mississippi W, 27-3
11/5/2005 @ Kentucky W, 49-27
11/12/2005 @ Georgia W, 31-30
11/19/2005 Alabama W, 28-18
Capital One Bowl
1/2/2006 Wisconsin L, 10-24
2004 | SEC Champions | Record: 13-0
Date Opponent W/L Score
9/4/2004 Louisiana-Monroe W, 31-0
9/11/2004 @ Mississippi St. W, 43-14
9/18/2004 Louisiana St. W, 10-9
9/25/2004 Citadel (SC) W, 33-3
10/2/2004 @ Tennessee W, 34-10
10/9/2004 Louisiana Tech W, 52-7
10/16/2004 Arkansas W, 38-20
10/23/2004 Kentucky W, 42-10
10/30/2004 @ Mississippi W, 35-14
11/13/2004 Georgia W, 24-6
11/20/2004 @ Alabama W, 21-13
SEC Championship Game
12/4/2004 Tennessee W, 38-28
Sugar Bowl
1/3/2005 Virginia Tech W, 16-13
2003 | Record: 8-5
Date Opponent W/L Score
8/30/2003 Southern California L, 0-23
9/6/2003 @ Georgia Tech L, 3-17
9/13/2003 @ Vanderbilt (TN) W, 45-7
9/27/2003 Western Kentucky W, 48-3
10/4/2003 Tennessee W, 28-21
10/11/2003 @ Arkansas W, 10-3
10/18/2003 Mississippi St. W, 45-13
10/25/2003 @ Louisiana St. L, 7-31
11/1/2003 Louisiana-Monroe W, 73-7
11/8/2003 Mississippi L, 20-24
11/15/2003 @ Georgia L, 7-26
11/22/2003 Alabama W, 28-23
Music City Bowl
12/31/2003 Wisconsin W, 28-14
2002 | Record: 9-4
Date Opponent W/L Score
9/2/2002 @ Southern California L, 17-24
9/7/2002 Western Carolina (NC) W, 56-0
9/14/2002 Vanderbilt (TN) W, 31-6
9/19/2002 @ Mississippi St. W, 42-14
9/28/2002 Syracuse (NY) W, 37-34
10/12/2002 Arkansas L, 17-38
10/19/2002 @ Florida L, 23-30
10/26/2002 Louisiana St. W, 31-7
11/2/2002 @ Mississippi W, 31-24
11/9/2002 Louisiana-Monroe W, 52-14
11/16/2002 Georgia L, 21-24
11/23/2002 @ Alabama W, 17-7
Capital One Bowl
1/1/2003 Penn St. W, 13-9
2001 | Record: 7-5
Date Opponent W/L Score
9/1/2001 Ball St. (IN) W, 30-0
9/8/2001 Mississippi W, 27-21
9/22/2001 @ Syracuse (NY) L, 31-14
9/29/2001 @ Vanderbilt (TN) W, 24-21
10/6/2001 Mississippi St. W, 16-14
10/13/2001 Florida W, 23-20
10/20/2001 Louisiana Tech W, 48-41
10/27/2001 @ Arkansas L, 17-42
11/10/2001 @ Georgia W, 24-17
11/17/2001 Alabama L, 7-31
12/1/2001 @ Louisiana St. L, 14-27
Peach Bowl
12/31/2001 North Carolina L, 10-16
2000 | SEC – West Division Champions | Record: 9-4
Date Opponent W/L Score
8/31/2000 Wyoming W, 35-21
9/9/2000 @ Mississippi W, 35-27
9/16/2000 Louisiana St. W, 34-17
9/23/2000 Northern Illinois W, 31-14
9/30/2000 Vanderbilt (TN) W, 33-0
10/7/2000 @ Mississippi St. L, 10-17
10/14/2000 @ Florida L, 7-38
10/21/2000 Louisiana Tech W, 38-28
10/28/2000 Arkansas W, 21-19
11/11/2000 Georgia W, 29-26
11/18/2000 @ Alabama W, 9-0
SEC Championship Game
12/2/2000 Florida L, 6-28
Florida Citrus Bowl
1/1/2001 Michigan L, 28-31
1999 | Record: 5-6
Date Oppenent
W/L Score
9/4/1999 Appalachian St. (NC) W, 22-15
9/11/1999 Idaho W, 30-23
9/18/1999 @ Louisiana St. W, 41-7
9/25/1999 Mississippi L, 17-24
10/2/1999 @ Tennessee L, 0-24
10/9/1999 Mississippi St. L, 16-18
10/16/1999 Florida L, 14-32
10/30/1999 @ Arkansas L, 10-34
11/6/1999 Central Florida W, 28-10
11/13/1999 @ Georgia W, 38-21
11/20/1999 Alabama L, 17-28