Tommy Tuberville, Former Auburn University Football Coach, Wins Alabama Senate Race

Republican Tommy Tuberville celebrates as he walks to the stage to speak to supporters after his win in the race for U.S. Senate, at his watch party Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Former college football coach Tommy Tuberville has recaptured a U.S. Senate seat for Republicans by defeating Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama.

Tuberville spent 21 seasons as a college football coach with four programs. He coached at Ole Miss from 1995 to 1998 before spending nearly a decade at Auburn (1999-2008). The Tigers went undefeated en route to an SEC title in 2004 and finished No. 2 in the country.

He went 85-40 overall at Auburn and had great success against rival Alabama, finishing with a 7-3 record against the Crimson Tide. During the lead-up run for Senate, he joked to Alabama fans that they should thank him, saying, “If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have Nick Saban.”

Tuberville spent his latter years coaching Texas Tech (2010-12) and Cincinnati (2013-16).

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