Students Protest in Support of Tuberville

Dec. 9, 2008

AUBURN, AL (WXTX) - Some Auburn University students took their concerns over Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville's departure straight to the top man in charge Tuesday. More than 100 students marched to President Jay Gouge's house around noon, suggesting that higher-up's at the university are to blame for his departure.

Auburn University students, faculty and even families gather to chant their support for Tommy Tuberville. "He exuded the Auburn spirit. He put morals in the boys first, he put their academics next, and winning was third. That's the way it ought to be," Linda Cordell, an Auburn Parent said. The Auburn mom protested, saying her son looks up to Tuberville. "Shawn's a Tiger because of what's in here, and that's the spirit, because that was the spirit Tommy Tuberville had".

Some of the student's suggest that Tuberville was fired, and did not resign as Athletic Director Jay Jacobs stated last week. So with signs in hand, they marched a half-mile to the University President's house. "I talked to President Gouge this morning, told him the plans," Taylor Jones, organizer, said. I've got nothing, but support from the entire university and I would like to thank them for it," Jones said.

While some are hopeful that Auburn University administrators will encourage Tuberville's return, others aren't quite as hopeful. "I don't think he'll come back as a coach, but we want him back in some capacity, because he was such a great ambassador for the University," Jason Forester, an Auburn student said. Regardless of the outcome, it's clear that Tuberville will have a lasting effect on Tiger fans. "He's definitely going to be missed because he was such a great guy and person," Forester said.