If anyone knows what it's like to be coach of Auburn Gus Malzahn this week, it's Tommy Tuberville.
"Auburn Power" reports Auburn met Bob Stoops former coach of Oklahoma, first reported by Josh Moon, bring back memories of the infamous JetGate.
The year was 2003, and after three consecutive SEC games, Bobby Lowder, President of Auburn, William Walker, President of Auburn, and David Housel, Director of Sports, flew to Louisville to gauge the interest shown by Bobby Petrino, Cardinals coach. The meeting took place before the Alabama match in 2003, won by Auburn.
Fast forward to 2018 and now reports that representatives have contacted Stoops, which the former Sooners coach denies.
Tuberville joined us with Lee Shirvanian at "The Opening Kickoff" on WNSP-FM 105.5 to discuss headlines in the last 24 hours at Auburn.
"Incredible, is not it?" Tuberville asked.
He said he heard three weeks ago that there was "someone" visiting Stoops, but that it was not a credible source. "It was just a kind of rumor."
That does not mean that he rejects it.
"There are problems in Auburn," said Tuberville, who led the Tigers to an unbeaten season in 2004. "There have always been problems in Auburn, and for some reason they will continue to be a problem in Auburn.
"That being said, what I hear in Auburn is that if they pay $ 32 million to Gus Malzahn (for a buyout), they want someone to have someone who can calm the troops.
"It's a complete mess, to be honest with you. There are too many people trying to make a decision. Obviously, they have no idea what they do. "
Tuberville is not necessarily bitter. He has "weathered the storm" as he has said, winning six straight victories against Alabama. Nevertheless, the week before the 2003 Iron Bowl was not a picnic. He has a pretty good idea of what Malzahn is going through this week.
"It feels like being on an island," he explained. "There is no boat, there is no lifejacket to get to a safe place, you are right there, nobody is talking to you, you have your assistants, but they are on the road.There is probably no one really talking to you.
"When I had my JetGate, it was during the Iron Bowl week. I could not have people I talked to 24 hours ago on the phone or in their office. … you are closed. "
Tuberville explained that he had no idea what the future would hold for the Auburn Head Coach position. He can simply tell. Moreover, he does not really know who wants to interfere in the current situation of the Plains.
"I do not know anyone who wants to be in this situation," Tuberville said. "Do you think Bob Stoops wants to get into this mess?" He did a better job than that.
"Jeff Brohm would be my first choice. He could do the job. Is it enough to take the fugitive train to Georgia and Alabama? No, because no one is going to catch them. "
Tuberville insists that you do not have to compete with Saban and Smart, you just need to make Auburn the best you can.
"You want someone to come and run Auburn properly," he said. "Bring people to your side, help us raise money, bring Auburn as best as possible, and if you can beat the people you need to beat, then you beat them.
"You can not beat them with everyone trying to add their own ingredient to the way they think things should be managed, you can not do it."
Mark Heim is a sports writer for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ Mark_Heim.