Ex-Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville to run for U.S. Senate seat in Alabama
Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville the Tigers play Tulane at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Alabama. File Photo by John Dickerson/UPI |
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville (L) was among five coaches welcomed by President George W. Bush at the White House on May 26, 2008 to thank them for going overseas to boost the morale of U.S. troops.
The other coaches (from second left) are Mark Richt from University of Georgia, Randy Shannon from the University of Miami, Jack Siedlecki from Yale University and Charlie Weis, from the University of Notre Dame. File Photo by Ken Cedeno/pool/UPI |
Tuberville, who also has coached at Mississippi, Texas Tech and Cincinnati, said he will seek the seat held now by Democrat Doug Jones, who defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election on Dec. 12. Jones became the first Democrat to hold become a senator from Alabama since 1992.
“After more than a year of listening to Alabama’s citizens, I have heard your concerns and hopes for a better tomorrow,” Tuberville, 64, posted on Twitter. “I am humbled to announce the next step — I will be a @GOP candidate for US Senate. I invite you to join my team.”
The Republican primary is March 3, 2020, and the general election is Nov. 3, 2020.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Mobile, also is seeking the Senate seat.
In 2017, Tuberville filed paperwork and took out a $100,000 loan for a potential campaign as governor. He ultimately decided against it, citing his support for Gov. Kay Ivey, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.
Tuberville has never run for political office before.
In coaching, he won 159 games with 99 losses over 21 years, including 85-40 in 10 seasons with Auburn as the most successful coach at the Alabama school.
He made the announcement before Auburn men’s basketball played for the first time in the NCAA Final Four — against Virginia in Minneapolis, Minn.