Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville announces run for U.S. Senate in Alabama

Tommy Tuberville says he is following through on a plan to pursue public office this time around.

In 2017, Tuberville, the former Auburn head coach, said he was exploring a possible run for Alabama governor before ultimately deciding against it. On Saturday, Tuberville announced that he plans to run for Senate as a Republican in 2020.

Tuberville plans to run opposite Democrat Doug Jones to recapture the seat previously held by Republican Jeff Sessions, who served as President Donald Trump’s attorney general. Jones defeated Roy Moore in a highly publicized special election in 2017.

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Congressman Bradley Byrne previously announced his plan to run for that particular senate seat. The Republican primary is set for March 3, 2020.

According to CBS Sports, Sean Spicer will work on Tuberville’s campaign team. Yes, former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer.

Tuberville, a native of Arkansas, was the head coach at Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Cincinnati in addition to Auburn. At Auburn, Tuberville went 85-40 in 10 seasons, including coaching the Tigers to a perfect 13-0 record in 2004.

After his time at Auburn came to an end, Tuberville spent three seasons at Texas Tech and four at Cincinnati. He resigned from his position at UC following the 2016 season. Overall, Tuberville has a 159-99 record as an FBS head coach.

Not long after, he mulled a gubernatorial run but ultimately decided against it despite getting “great feedback.”

“I’ve been all over the state talking to people, speaking,” Tuberville said in April 2017. “I’ve gone to Montgomery and talked to commissioners, cabinet members, all the people in all the areas that it takes to run a state. I’ve talked to ex-governors, senators, legislators. And I’ve done it the right way. I just wanted to make sure if I did this that this could be something I’d be successful in doing and it actually helped.”

Before he decided against running, Tuberville was asked how he would convince Alabama fans to vote for him.

We’ll see if he has a similar line this time around.

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