"An award like this is all team-oriented," Tuberville told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "When anybody gets an award, it is because of what the team has accomplished. I have received six or seven national coach of the year awards. All of them are important, not necessarily to me, but to the whole staff. Our success has been a staff deal and a team-oriented deal."
Tuberville credited strong senior leadership and a highly motivated football team for producing the first 13-0 record in Auburn history. The team's success has earned Tuberville the Associated Press, Paul "Bear" Bryant, American Football Coaches Association, Schutt Sports and Fellowship of Christian Athletes national coach of the year awards. He was also named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year by AP and by a vote of the league's coaches.
"Receiving the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) is probably the most important to me because you are selected by your peers," Tuberville said. "The Bear Bryant Award, which is picked by the sportscasters, is a good award. The Walter Camp Award is picked by a mixture of people. You are recognized along with all of the All-Americans and it is another honor for our football team."
The coach made the trip a family affair with his wife, two sons and mother making the trip to the Yale campus. "It is a special day for us," he said. "I have been in the coaching business for 28 years and even having a chance to win those type of awards is pretty special."
Tuberville improved his Auburn record to 51-24 overall and 31-17 in SEC play with his Tigers winning or finishing in a tie for the SEC West divisional title in four of his six seasons at AU.
The Auburn coach is the seventh in SEC history to win the Walter Camp Award, which is named after a man who is nicknamed "The Father of American Football." Terry Bowden, who was recognized following AU's unbeaten 1993 season, is the only other Auburn coach to win the award
Tuberville's team posted four victories over Top 10 opponents in 2004 on the way to the school's first SEC title since 1989. Four of his players earned All-America status--tailback Carnell Williams, safety Junior Rosegreen, offensive tackle Marcus McNeill and cornerback Carlos Rogers, who also won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top college defensive back. McNeill will return for the 2005 season as a senior while the other three 2004 seniors will try to make National Football League teams this year.
Fifteen Tigers were named to an All-SEC team in 2004 and 17 players made the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Tuberville and his Tigers will begin spring practice on March 1st and will be on display for the annual spring football game at 1 p.m. on March 19th. The Tigers open the 2005 season on Sept. 4th vs. Georgia Tech.