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    A story about Auburn

    This may be already on this site (I'm new here) and it also may not be appropriate for this site (I'm still new here) but I received an email today - interesting story. If need be please delete this - just thought I'd share it here.

    Holy Moly! From Bama board re: Nutt, Tuberville, etc.

    Makes sense......
    Get the popcorn, get comfortable, and let me tell you a tale. I can neither verify nor deny the authenticity of this story. However, I can verify that there are many truths in it than can be proved. That being said enjoy.

    I got these facts from a buddy of mine who is not in the habit of telling tall tales. I'll just call him "Benny". Here's the tale:
    Some Auburn relatives were over this past weekend, some of whom are fairly well connected to the program at Auburn and their boosters.

    The night Alabama drilled Auburn 36-0, a prominent Auburn booster (not the usual bank-owning one but one who sells pressure-treated wood and wears a yellow hat) made a phone call. This may have been a $5.1 million phone call.

    Since he knows most of the SEC coaches on a first-name basis and shoots ads with many of them, he has their personal private phone numbers. So he calls Houston Nutt over in Mississippi and asks what it might take to have Houston change his address again to Auburn .

    Apparently, Auburn has a nasty habit of stealing coaches from Ole Miss, but Nutt tells old Yella Fella that he can't take the hit on the credibility scale right now for that kind of move, but thanks.

    What many people may not know or may have forgotten is the infamous "Jet Gate" scandal. That was where Bobby Lowder boarded a jet and flew to Louisville to offer then Head Coach Bobby Petrino the head coaching job at Auburn .
    Trouble was, Auburn had a head coach who was doing a fairly good job and when word leaked out, the fans and much of administration rallied so strongly that Tuberville was bulletproof. He was now able to snub his nose to Lowder, Pat Dye, and the administration-and boosters that wanted him gone.

    These were not men who took a snubbing well. They bade their time until they felt the fans would no longer be a factor. Surely Auburn missing a bowl game, being drilled by Alabama , and the whole Tony Franklin fiasco took all the aces out of Tuberville's hand.

    Now here's where it gets interesting. Following "Jet Gate", Tommy had a unique non-interference clause put in his last contract. Auburn pledged that neither the school president nor athletics director or anyone acting under their authority "shall discuss or negotiate directly or indirectly Auburn 's prospective employment of any other person as Head Football Coach of Auburn " without giving Tuberville prior notice. In non-lawyerese, it basically means
    that if Auburn got caught monkeying around with a new coach behind Tommy's back again he gets paid-a lot.

    Unfortunately for Auburn , Nutt's agent is Jimmy Sexton and that just happens to be Tuberville's agent too. Nutt drops this little nugget to Sexton and Tommy walks in the following Monday discussing his intentions to resign and wants his money now that he knows his contract has been breached. Now Tuberville can get the money AND leave and coach elsewhere, in effect getting
    double pay for the next three years! A nice retirement package indeed. Plus, he gets to have the last laugh and snub the backstabbers one more time.

    So maybe Auburn was right, maybe Tuberville really did resign. Why wouldn't he? Multi-day discussions ensued, and I'm sure there were lawyers involved. I'm sure it was painfully explained that old Yella Fella could and would be legally held to be an "official booster" much to the dismay of Auburn and the bad boy boosters. In the end, we see Tuberville's official resignation on
    December 3 and Auburn paying him the buyout anyway because according to Auburn , it "is the right thing to do." Yes, it's the right thing under the contract. Otherwise, who pays buyouts for resignations, right?

    Now, guess who Gene Chizik's agent is? Ding Ding Ding! You are right if you guessed Jimmy Sexton. Now, how does Auburn keep "Jet Gate II" from hitting the front of ESPN in an embarrassing manner? The fans would simply go mad. Hmmm, perhaps by hiring a Sexton client who needs to get out of his personal football coaching hell known as Iowa State?

    How else is he going to go anywhere with that 5-19 record?

    So, Tuberville walks away with $5.1 million and change and the right to sign another big contract with another team, Nutt gets a nice salary bump and an extension when Ole Miss gets wind of their coach being dangled some bait, and Chiznik gets a big salary increase and a chance from jump a sinking ship into a head coaching job at a big time SEC school. And Sexton makes almost a million dollars in new commissions off the three new deals. This seems to explain the inexplicable way in which this all went down.

    Will we ever know? Not until Jimmy Sexton writes his tell all book, "Tales of the Super Sports Agent." But it's the best version I've heard so far.



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    Re: A story about Auburn

    been posted... and IIRC, mostly crapola.

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    Re: A story about Auburn

    i want to be jimmy sexton. but not drew rosenhaus.



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    Re: A story about Auburn

    i hadnt read it the first time. thanks for posting. and yes i would say pretty much crapola, as keepngoal put it.


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    Re: A story about Auburn

    It HAS to be true. It was posted on the Internet!



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    Re: A story about Auburn

    Old yella fella did us a favor.


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    Re: A story about Auburn

    It may be closer to the truth than you think.



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    Re: A story about Auburn

    I have a relative who is very aware of the situation in the state of Alabama... and many Auburn fans are scratching their heads over the Chizik hire...



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    Re: A story about Auburn

    Old news...



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    Re: A story about Auburn

    Those who say the story is crap -- says who? I'm not saying I don't believe you, but have any sources discredited this story? Or do you just not believe it?



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    Re: A story about Auburn

    not exactly related, but a short summary on the SEC west from a guy I know that lives down in arkansas. Some interesting story lines.

    The SEC West is full of drama.

    Everyone is gunning for Saban and that's always fun.

    With Arkansas, you have all the **** with Nutt / Ole Miss. Petrino and Nutt aren't happy with each other, mostly due to some **** Nutt pulled as he and his staff were exiting Arkansas. This will be a fun rivalry for a while.

    Auburn hires Gus Malzhan as its OC. Malzhan was forced on Nutt in 06 and helped the team compete for a national title and SEC title. . .. .then got tired of Nutt's **** and left for Tulsa. Now he's in a position to stick it to the nuttster. . . .and to Arkansas. There's a three week span of Arkansas / Ole Miss, Ole Miss, Auburn, and Arkansas / Auburn in october --- good stuff.


    Missy State gets a boost from an offensive mind in Mullen.

    LSU is LSU and has a target on their backs each week.


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    Re: A story about Auburn

    Quote Originally Posted by FD Cyclone View Post
    not exactly related, but a short summary on the SEC west from a guy I know that lives down in arkansas. Some interesting story lines.
    ESPN had the article on Kiffin yesterday - I know its a cut throat business, but it sounds like it's just a little worse in the SEC. Too many great, "name" coaches - most of whom have proved they can win in the HC position... I said, "most"!



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    Re: A story about Auburn

    Quote Originally Posted by dunar View Post
    ESPN had the article on Kiffin yesterday - I know its a cut throat business, but it sounds like it's just a little worse in the SEC. Too many great, "name" coaches - most of whom have proved they can win in the HC position... I said, "most"!
    amazing how all those SEC guys just keep bouncing around.....the SEC. SEC is easily the biggest soap opera in college football.


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    Re: A story about Auburn

    Quote Originally Posted by FD Cyclone View Post
    amazing how all those SEC guys just keep bouncing around.....the SEC. SEC is easily the biggest soap opera in college football.
    Just the assistant coach turnover down there is a soap opera. Those teams are bidding against each other for DL coaches and TE coaches...not even just coordinators. And they come up with crazy new titles for guys to convince them to switch teams like "Offensive Head Coach" and "Director of NFL Relations". Spending $600k for a non coordinator is just crazy, but they are doing it. SEC assistant coaches make more than NFL assistants. I'm glad that we don't have to try to keep up with THOSE Jones's.


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