Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville decides against Alabama governor run

Nick Bromberg
Tuberville had been looking into running for governor. (Getty)
Tuberville had been looking into running for governor. (Getty)

Tommy Tuberville is not going to be Alabama’s governor anytime soon.

The former Auburn football coach revealed on SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation that he decided against running for governor in 2018 despite getting “great feedback.” Tuberville had been exploring a possible run for governor over the first months of 2017.

“I’ve been all over the state talking to people, speaking,” Tuberville said. “I’ve gone to Montgomery and talked to commissioners, cabinet members, all the people in all the areas that it takes to run a state. I’ve talked to ex-governors, senators, legislators. And I’ve done it the right way. I just wanted to make sure if I did this that this could be something I’d be successful in doing and it actually helped.”

And I’ve said this all along too, if I felt somebody could run and do a better job than me, heck I’d vote for them. I wasn’t running for the ego. I wasn’t running for the name I wasn’t running running for anything other than, ‘hey can I help?’ If I can help then hey let’s do this and do it right.”

He revealed in the interview that he first thought of running for governor in Alabama after he resigned at Auburn following the 2008 season. He coached at Texas Tech from 2010-12 and then at Cincinnati from 2013-16 before resigning at the end of the season and moving back to Alabama.

Tuberville would have run in Alabama’s regularly scheduled November election. The state’s governorship recently changed hands with the resignation of Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned on April 10 and was replaced by Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey.

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