‘This is typical Auburn.’

If there’s anybody who should know what typical Auburn is like, it’s Tommy Tuberville.

“There’s problems in Auburn,” said Tuberville, who led the Tigers to an undefeated season in 2004. “There’s always been problems in Auburn. And, for some reason, they will continue to be problems in Auburn.

“That being said, the things I’m hearing out of Auburn is if they do pay Gus Malzahn $32 million (for a buyout), they want to have somebody in place that can settle the troops down.

“It’s a complete mess, to be honest with you. There are too many people up there trying to make a decision. Obviously, they don’t have a clue what they are doing.”

LMAO.  You don’t have to be a program insider to realize that.


UPDATE:  Well, now.

Though no agreement has been finalized and changes remain possible, Gus Malzahn is on the verge of accepting a reduced buyout and other limitations to remain for his seventh season as Auburn’s head football coach, sources told AuburnUndercover.

Malzahn’s buyout, sources said, would be reduced by an unspecified amount. Any coaching staff moves would have to be revenue neutral, effectively removing the possibility of paying buyouts for assistant coaches and assuring Chip Lindsey would remain as offensive coordinator unless he chooses to leave.

President Steven Leath laid out the offer in a Sunday meeting with Malzahn. Leath left Tuesday morning for a meeting in Washington, D.C., and, according to athletic department sources, left negotiations with Malzahn in the hands of trustee Raymond Harbert…

Auburn coaches, sources said, have faced questions about Malzahn’s future on virtually every stop on the recruiting trail over the past two days.

How do you go from having boosters ready to shell out $32 million to run off Malzahn to reducing the buyout and restricting assistant coach compensation?

A fine mess, which at Auburn means business as usual.



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72 responses to “‘This is typical Auburn.’

  1. Uglydawg.

    It’s shaping up to be a cold winter.
    A huge dumpster fire just across the state line will warm my soul.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Uglydawg.

      And it sounds like it’s already smoking a little.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Got Cowdog

        They won seven, right? So they are bowl eligible. What else could they ask for? They’re blaming all this on Gus, but what would you do in his shoes?
        Exited aubrun executive: “Gus, we love you. Here’s 49 million dollars so you can stay our coach forever.”
        Gus: ” No, I really can’t accept this. You see, we are going to lose to UCF in the bowl game and are probably going to suck reaally bad for the foreseeable future. Let’s just leave it lie it is and see how it plays out.”


        • Debby Balcer

          I bet Gus wishes he had gone home to Arkansas.

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          • Uglydawg.

            He can’t possibly be wishing it 32 millions’ worth.
            Gus should be grinning like a Cheshire Cat. He’ll have enough to rent an airplane to fly a trolling sign over JH stadium every game. “I’m not flying this plane, I’m in the South Pacific on my yacht that you’re paying for. Love, Gus” That’s a lot, but he could use two or three planes and split the message between them.


            • kfoge

              I can offer you $42 million to change crap diapers from babies everyday for 6 years but at some point you would probably ask yourself if it was worth the money to keep putting up with all the sh*t


              • Otto

                $42 mil will buy plenty of dinners at Waffle House. Arky has the same expectations as Bama with less access to talent.


              • Tony Barnfart

                Being someone with 3 kids under 6, i’d have gladly taken that offer since my current gig with the same responsibilities actually has me coming out of pocket. 🙂


          • kenny grimes

            Heck…….with the way they played this year he very well could.


  2. Go Dawgs!

    I know that we’re all caught up with our angst over the SEC Championship Game and all, but you really do need to take a step back every now and then and really appreciate the time we are living in.

    Georgia is ascendant and powerful and appears to be poised for a run of several dominant seasons. Meanwhile, there is smoke rising over the crater in Auburn, Alabama where the football program used to be. For all of their preseason bluster, the Tennessee Vols are staying home for bowl season after a third straight loss to Vanderbilt. Florida got boat raced by Missouri and isn’t recruiting all that well. South Carolina has once again followed their preseason national championship with a failure to crack the top three in the division. And we just handed Georgia Tech one of their most humiliating defeats.

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  3. FisheriesDawg

    It warms my heart to see Tuberville saying it’s unrealistic to expect Auburn to catch Georgia.

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  4. MGW

    Are donations to buy out a coach’s contract tax deductible?

    Also you know that one felt real good rolling off the tongue for Tuberville.


  5. Russ

    So, Tubbs is saying they haven’t offered him the job yet?


  6. Otto

    Tubbs was a mediocre coach and on his way to get fired before Lauder and Company started hiring and firing OCs for him as he couldn’t hire an OC on his own. He eventually became disgruntled when he figured out he wasn’t the one making decisions.


    • Mayor

      I’m not particularly a Tuberville fan but if “mediocre” means winning an SEC Championship, having an undefeated season (even FU has never had one in its entire history), being the Walter Camp Coach of the Year, the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year and being elected by his peers as President of the American Football Coaches Association, well I guess he is a mediocre coach. BTW, his record against Georgia (5-5) is better than any of those other goons that cow college hired since Pat Dye.


  7. Derek

    May they never change.

    BTW: wouldn’t Gus have had a “jet gate” clause in his K like Tubs demanded?

    (For those who don’t remember, after the powers that be got caught trying to give Tubs job to Petrino, he leveraged his success into a provision requiring his buyout be paid if anyone from Auburn discussed his job with anyone without his knowledge.)

    I can’t imagine anyone going to work for those guys without that clause.

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  8. Gurkha Dawg

    And to think, it was exactly one year ago that Gus had beaten Ga and Bama and was sitting on top of the world going into the SECCG. How quickly things change.


  9. The other Doug

    Gus isn’t a great coach and he definitely isn’t worth $49 million, but who do they think is going to be good enough to rebuild the dumpster fire AND beat Saban and Smart every year? Bob Stoops? lol.

    This is the definition of delusional.

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    FOOD FIGHT!! Please keep the intrigue going right up thru eary signing day.


  11. 81Dog

    I was told not too long ago by a guy I know well, who had played a couple rounds of golf with TT in FL, that TT felt the UGA job was maybe the best gig in the whole SEC, maybe the whole country. Take it FWIW. He seems like exactly the kind of guy who would savor pointing out the big dumpster fire on the Plains, though.


    • This was a very common thought in the coaching ranks for a long time. Thus the faux mortal outrage from all of our rivals when Richt was let go.

      They knew how much we were underachieving and what was possible.


    • Anonymous

      Nick Saban has said the same thing: ” Personally, Georgia, if it’s not the best job in the conference, it certainly should be .”


  12. Spike

    “Obviously, they don’t have a clue as to what they are doing..” Ouch! ROTFLMAO..


  13. Brandon

    Perhaps my all time favorite Spencer Hall quote is “never underestimate the slick game of Tommy Tuberville, the man coached for almost a decade at Auburn, anyone who could survive for so long, under such conditions, is a formidable strategist by any measure”.

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  14. The other Doug

    Ok, I’ve given this some more thought, and I have to ask “are we seeing the end of Auburn’s bankroll?”

    I know it seems to have no limit in their quest to not be Alabama’s little brother, but the $32 million to Gus plus a $7-8 million a year 10 year deal for the next guy has to handcuff them. Right?

    I imagine in 3-4 years they will pass the collection hat to fire the next guy and pay his buyout, and there will be a whole lot of alligator arms in the Family.


  15. WarD Eagle

    Yeah. I got nothin’.

    All my inside contacts are long gone. This is a ridiculous mess. Auburn needs to take a lesson from Tuberville and always have a list of coaches to call on so the next time Sexton says “___ is offering my boy $$$” you can walk him to the door and while shaking his hand ask him to be sure to thank his client for the time. Then call the next guy on the list.

    Besides, it’s BB season. We’re taking the kids to see AU play @ NCSU in 2 weeks.


  16. BrayMan1

    I was wondering same thing: why would Gus agree to stay for less. Just saw Washington Post article explaining AU got Gus on a technicality…most of his buy out to be paid by Tigers Unlimited, a private booster group, and the necessary signature to make it legit was never notarized or some such issue…tried linking it here but keep messing it up. Someone more tech savvy, please do.


  17. Uglydawg.

    Re the “update”. Sounds like they’re trying to get Pandora’s box closed before it’s completely empty. But this isn’t 1960 . News and info travel fast…this will probably go down as an overzealous group of boosters trumping the Jetgate fiasco in spades.
    Seems that Gus has them by the short hairs, so why would he settle like that unless there is a technicality involved? There’s lot of intrigue and skulduggery to be unearthed here. Stand by. Gus can cooperate all he wants but in the end, he’ll get a dagger in the back.


  18. SF Dog

    Owen Pappoe?


  19. AusDawg85

    Just when the Tennessee dumpster fire is at full boil, Auburn has to walk in and proclaim “hold my beer”. So Aubuurn.


  20. UGA '97

    Get Jeff Brohm with Venebles at DC and Freeze at OC.