November 1, 2006

Notebook: Tubs familiar with Indians

Not many Auburn fans know much about the Arkansas State program. The same can't be said about the Tigers' head coach.

Tommy Tuberville knows plenty.

After graduating from Southern Arkansas University where he played free safety, Tuberville was an assistant coach at Hermitage High School for two years before taking over as head coach for two more.

Following his stint at Hermitage, Tuberville broke into the college ranks at Arkansas State in Jonesboro as a volunteer assistant for head coach Larry Lacewell.

"I can remember like it was yesterday driving to Jonesboro to talk with Larry about taking a job there, getting my first start in college football," said Tuberville. "I wasn't even a graduate assistant, that's how low on the pole I was."

Tuberville elevated his position with the Indians quickly coaching linebackers, defensive ends, whatever they'd let him coach.

"I had to work my way up from volunteer to graduate assistant to defensive ends coach," said Tuberville.

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