Mediocrity is back on the Plains

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2005

Two weeks into the college football season, and it's quite clear that Auburn is in big trouble this season.

These aren't the same Tigers that marched arm-in-arm onto the fields around the Southeastern Conference and walked away with a win.

Auburn may not even be good enough to earn a bowl trip.

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And Tigers coach Tommy Tuberville warned fans before the season started when he said that you can't replace a Ronnie Brown or Carnell Williams.

That much is evident with the also rans that are woefully gaining inches and not yards while calling themselves running backs.

Auburn's veteran offensive line which was going to be the strength of the team to give sophomore quarterback Brandon Cox time to get better as a quarterback has been one of the biggest disappointments on the team.

The lone shining spot on this team is the play of Auburn's defense, which is so fast that it often overruns plays.

Who is to blame?

Tommy Tuberville.

The same man who has so many National Coach of the Year plaques and trophies in his closet now looks to be showing his true colors as a coach that has and always will be mired in mediocrity.

This time Tuberville has no one to blame but himself should this season blow up in his face. And it will.

Tuberville can't fire his offensive coordinator after leading a team to a 13-0 season before and producing a first-round draft pick backfield.

Tuberville can't fire his defensive coordinator, because Tuberville admitted that he wanted to hire David Gibbs earlier.

Auburn's soon-to-be lackluster season will be on his shoulders entirely.

And those, who stood behind Tuberville when a failed covert attempt to hire Bobby Patrino blew up in the faces of the schools athletic director and president, will wish that Patrino was walking the sidelines of Jordan-Hare Stadium instead of Tuberville.

Enjoy those wins over Mississippi State, Ball State and Western Kentucky, Auburn fans. Those may be the only wins you have to beat your chest over this season.

When Tuberville was was characterized as a riverboat gambler at Ole Miss. Some of those gambles paid off, and and some not.

Tuberville rolled the dice this season, and he's crapping out.

Kevin Taylor is sports editor of The Greenville Advocate. Call him at (334) 383-9302 ext. 122 or e-mail