An "Emotional" Time For Bosley And Tigers

Senior center Jason Bosley talks about hearing the news about Tommy Tuberville and what the coach meant to him.

Auburn, Ala.--Wednesday night's team meeting was one that Jason Bosley would soon forget. That's when Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville told his team that he wouldn't be back next season and was done as the main man for the Tigers. The senior said for him it was a very rough moment to deal with.

"It was very emotional," Bosley said. "Coach Tub loved his players. He made sure we knew that. He just told us how he was always going to be pulling for us."

What made the moment even tougher to deal with is when Tuberville got emotional in telling the team the news that he was gone.

"It's probably one of the toughest things I've had to do in a long time," Bosley said. "To see the man who has been your leader for five years struggle, it shows you how much he really cared about us and cared about this program. It was the kind of man he is. He's a great man."

Like many Bosley said he didn't really have a clue this was coming until the rumors began to fly this week. Even then he said it still didn't hit home until he got the official news that it was over.

"I was pretty upset about it," Bosley said. "I love Coach Tuberville. He gave me the chance to come play here at Auburn and start here for two and a half years and accomplish my dreams as a football player. Obviously I was upset when I first found out."

Bosley has a special place in his heart for Tuberville because when the center came out of Grissom High in Huntsville, Auburn was the only big school offer on the board for him. Even then he was a mid-term enrollee along with linebacker Chris Evans. Those two wound up being two of the most successful players in that class and Bosley words leave little doubt why.

"He gave me a chance when no one else would," Bosley said. "I wasn't a big-time recruit when I was in high school. He took a chance on me and I feel like I owe it to him. I respect him and I love him. Right now I would run through a wall for him still. You've got to have that kind of respect for somebody that gives you a chance and gets your school paid for and to play in this conference when not a lot of other schools did. I had a lot of respect for him from the very get go.

"I loved playing for him," Bosley added. "He stood up for his players. When times got tough he had our back. He was a great leader and did a great job of keeping the program going in the right direction and making sure people did it the right way and did things the way they're supposed to be doing it."

A coach that has accomplished so much in his 10 years, Tuberville will leave Auburn as one of the best in school history with 85 wins and the 2004 SEC Championship to look back on. Bosley said because of his accomplishments, the news he was gone was even tougher to take, but it something these days that comes with the territory.

"That's the way college football is today," Bosley said. "One day they love you and the next day it's cut throat. It happens all over the country. I think it's just kind of a harsh reality that hit everybody when we found out the news. It's just tough."

When asked if he thought Tuberville's leaving meant that he gave up on his players, Bosley had a very stern response to the question.

"I don't think that's a fair interpretation," Bosley said. "He loved his players. He loved being here. He loved coaching. I don't think that's his mindset whatsoever."

Auburn must now move forward and begin the search for a new head coach. While many names have been tossed about, Bosley said in his mind the only goal is to find someone that can keep the things going that Tuberville has built in the last decade on the Plains.

"I think somebody that can withhold the values that Coach Tub set here and the foundation he set here," Bosley said. "He set a foundation for doing it the right way. It was family and taking care of your players and believing in each other and doing things the way they're supposed to be done and playing the game the way it's supposed to be played. I think you've got to find somebody that can build on the foundation he's set here for the last 10 years."

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