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Monday, October 13, 2008

Bowden/Tuberville parallels?

After 10 years, Clemson finally got rid of Tommy Bowden this morning. Some interesting stuff surrounding his dismissal. Just read quarterback Cullen Harper's comments in this ESPN story. That is some Grade A under-the-bus throwing right there.

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel commented that the timing was probably to prevent Bowden from doing what he does best -- saving his job with a late-season flury of wins.

I've seen a lot of comments out there on message boards that Auburn should follow Clemson's lead and get rid of its own Tommy. I don't think it's really fair to compare the two, though.

Look at their résumés. Yes, they were both hired in 1999 and have faced relentless criticism by two rabid fan bases since, but Tuberville has had more success against what is a much tougher conference.

Bowden
Year: Record, Conference, Place, Bowl
1999: 6-6, 5-3 ACC, 2nd, Peach
2000: 9-3, 6-2 ACC, 2nd, Gator
2001: 7-5, 4-4 ACC, T-4th, Humanitarian
2002: 7-6, 4-4 ACC, T-5th, Tangerine
2003: 9-4, 5-3 ACC, 3rd, Peach
2004: 6-5, 4-4 ACC, T-6th
2005: 8-4, 4-4 ACC, T-3rd Atlantic Division, Champs Sports
2006: 8-5, 5-3 ACC, T-2nd Atlantic, Music City
2007: 9-4, 5-3 ACC, T-2nd Atlantic, Chick-fil-A
2008: 3-3, 1-2 ACC, 5th Atlantic

Tuberville
1999: 5-6, 2-6 SEC, 5th West
2000: 9-4, 6-2 SEC, 1st West, Citrus
2001: 7-5, 5-3 SEC, T-1st West, Peach
2002: 9-4, 5-3 SEC, T-1st West, Capital One
2003: 8-5, 5-3 SEC, 3rd West, Music City
2004: 13-0, 8-0 SEC, 1st West, Sugar
2005: 9-3, 7-1 SEC, T-1st West, Capital One
2006: 11-2, 6-2 SEC, 2nd West, Cotton
2007: 9-4, 5-3 SEC, T-2nd West, Chick-fil-A
2008: 4-3, 2-3 SEC

Bowden overall: 72-45 (.615) , 43-32 ACC, 8 bowl appearances, 0 conference championships, 0 conference championship game appearances (in three years)

Tuberville overall: 84-36 (.700), 51-26 SEC, 8 bowl appearances, 1 conference championship, 2 conference championship game appearances (plus three shares of the Western Division title)

All I'm saying is it seems premature to want to dump a coach who's won 70 percent of his games and less than 5 years ago had a perfect season. Bowden came nowhere close to those accomplishments. It's unfair to lump the two in the same category.

2 comments:

Acid Reign said...

.....Not only that, Auburn doesn't place in the Fulmer Cup, either.

Scott H. said...

Great Post Andy, I am sick of hearing from some fans that Tuberville should be fired. Do Auburn fans really expect to go undefeated every season?

Auburn is potentially on pace to have its worst season '99. One bad season should not erase all the success Auburn has had under Turberville, he re-built Auburn once, he should be given the opportunity to do it again.