“Former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville is running for Senate in Alabama as a Republican, he announced Saturday.
“After more than a year of listening to Alabama’s citizens, I have heard your concerns and hopes for a better tomorrow,” Tuberville wrote in a tweet and a statement on a campaign website. “I am humbled to announce the next step — I will be a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.” …”
I will have to think about this.
Tommy Tuberville was the head coach at Auburn for the entire time that I was there. I suppose you could say that I still feel a residual sense of loyalty to him based on identity politics and fond memories of games from my youth. The Bama fans will never stand for it though!
Growing up in the South, I was raised on football like everyone else here. Alabama is a football crazy state. When Richard Spencer gave his speech at Auburn University in 2017, I used the example of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy in spite of being credibly accused of sexual assault, beating Auburn in the 2014 BCS National Championship game to illustrate the absurdity of basing your entire sense of identity on college football. Much of the crowd disagreed.
So, I will have to give this Tuberville thing some more thought, and separate my memories and feelings of “cheering on the team” from what he is proposing to do now in politics.