Oct. 27, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville was among seven former athletes and coaches inducted into the 2008 Southern Arkansas University Sports Hall of Fame class on Oct. 25. Tuberville, a 1976 graduate of Southern Arkansas, played both football and golf for the Muleriders. He and the rest of the class was honored at halftime of Southern Arkansas' football game against Delta State.
Tuberville played high school football at Harmony Grove in Arkansas before enrolling at SAU in 1972, where he lettered as a free safety for the Muleriders through 1975, and also played golf his final two years. He was encouraged to play college football by his father, the late C.R. Tuberville, a long-time and highly respected athletic official in the area.
While at Southern Arkansas, Tuberville played under legendary head coach Raymond (Rip) Powell, and maintained that his days at SAU were the most formative of his future career. He requested of his then position coach, and still long-time friend, Sonny Whittington, that he wanted to attend offensive team meetings as well as the defensive meetings because of his desire to coach. Tuberville credits Powell, Whittington and the rest of the Mulerider staff (Calvin Neal and Eldon Hawley) with teaching him techniques, fundamentals, and more than he ever learned at any of his other coaching stops.
Tuberville was also inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in February of this year.