Former college football coach wins U.S. Senate election
In his first foray into politics, former college football coach Tommy Tuberville defeated Alabama Sen. Doug Jones to claim a U.S. Senate seat for Republicans.
Tuberville’s college football career spanned 21 seasons with four programs, most notably at Auburn (1999-2008). In 2004, Tuberville guided the Tigers to an undefeated record, SEC title, and No. 2 ranking in the nation.
Tuberville also coached at Ole Miss (1995-1998), Texas Tech (2010-12), and Cincinnati (2013-16).
Tuberville also was previous a college football analyst for ESPN.
Jones’ position in the Senate was considered tenuous heading into the election. Republicans prioritized retaining the Senate in the traditionally conservative state. Jones became Alabama’s senator in 2017 after GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore was publicly accused of sexual misconduct with young women dating back to decades ago.
Tuberville posted an 85-40 record at Auburn, including a 7-3 mark against rival Alabama. During his campaigning, Tuberville joked to Alabama fans that “If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have Nick Saban,” according to ESPN.