MONTGOMERY, ALA. (EETV) - Tommy Tuberville, the former Auburn football coach, announced today that he will not run for Alabama governor in November 2018. Speculation that he would run as a Republican began in March when he filed campaign reports.
Tuberville told College Sports Nation on Sirius XM Radio that he "would've won this thing," but because of residency and current Republican Governor Kay Ivey, he is deciding not to run.
Tuberville coached at Auburn from 1999-2008 and has a home in the Auburn area. He also coached at Texas Tech and Cincinnati.
Tuberville has been adamant the last several weeks about improving Alabama, saying in one interview, "It seems like we have no plan and no vision for the future. We kinda live year by year, and I'm tired of us losing. We're not winning. We win in football in this state. People won a lot of championships, but we can't get out of the cellar in state government."
Following former Governor Robert Bentley's resignation earlier this month, Ivey is eligible to run on the Republican ticket for a full term in 2018.