AU Coach Chosen for Hall of Fame

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's head football coach will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Feb. 22nd in Little Rock.

A native of Camden, Ark., Tommy Tuberville has a long connection to the state. He played football and golf at Southern Arkansas University and began his coaching career at Hermitage High in that state in 1976. His first college coaching job was in 1980 at Arkansas State.

Tuberville, who is in his ninth season as head coach at Auburn, has a 77-32 record as coach of the Tigers.

"I am very proud for that," he says on being inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. "I am excited. I grew up as a young kid in the state of Arkansas who wasn't very talented in a lot of things. I guess I just had a pretty good upbringing from good parents, Christian parents. They taught me work ethic. I had perseverance.

"I am probably the least likely to accomplish anything with my abilities other than my perseverance," Tuberville adds. "I do appreciate the honor and I look forward to bringing my family--my kids and mother over to Little Rock."

Tuberville posted a 25-20 record in four seasons at Ole Miss prior to taking over the Auburn job, where he has won a variety of national coach of the year honors as head man of the Tigers.

Auburn is currently 6-3 heading into Saturday's Homecoming contest vs. Tennessee Tech. Kickoff time is 1:30 p.m.

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