Since early childhood, my mother always taught me, "Always tell the truth, but the truth doesn't always need to be told."
I guess Tommy Tuberville's mother never imparted this wisdom to him.
Talking with Bill King on Rivals Radio, Tuberville had this to say:
"I don't think this conference will last long because there is too much disparity between all the teams. In the SEC, for instance, Vanderbilt makes as much money in the television contract as Florida. Everybody is good with it. Everybody is on the same page. Everyone gets the same votes.
"That doesn't happen here in the Big 12. We have some teams that get a little bit more money and have a little bit more stroke than some of the other teams. And when that happens, you're gonna have teams looking for better avenues to leave and reasons to leave."
Tuberville, always an outspoken person, added, "We have a 10-team league right now, but I just don't know how long that's gonna last, to be honest with you."
Now many in the Big 12 may feel that Tuberville felt emboldened after Texas A&M's stand against Texas and the rest of the conference when they showed interest in joining the SEC, but trust me folks, that's just Tommy Tuberville being Tommy Tuberville.
In 2004 Tuberville coached the Auburn Tigers to an undefeated season, but were left out of the National Championship game.
On Oct. 24, 2005, Tuberville let the world know how he felt about that at a Montgomery, Ala. Quarterback Club luncheon:
"It's done," Tuberville said. "The national media, led by ESPN, wants to see Vince Young vs. Matt Leinart in the championship game. It's going to be those two teams unless Texas or USC get upset.
"Last year, they wanted to see the two Heisman Trophy quarterbacks, Jason White and Leinart. After six or seven games, we were out of it.
"If four teams are undefeated at the end of the season, there should be a playoff. There should've been one last year. But it's decided already. I don't like it."
If that wasn't honest enough for you, he then added:
"ESPN has gotten so much power lately, it's kinda scary. And most of their analysts are coaches who haven't won any games. That's why they're there. I think you know who I'm talking about.
"And Lou Holtz gets on there and talks about what a team has to do win that game, and the guy couldn't beat anybody in our conference.
"These guys will come talk to you and look you straight in the eye and tell you something, then they'll get on the air and say something else.
"ESPN, I'll tell you, I don't have much to do with them anymore."
This is something Texas Tech fans should be used to by now. But unlike Mike Leach, Tuberville won't take shots at anybody's "fat little girlfriends."
That's not how he rolls.
However, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, make no mistake about it, Tommy Tuberville will be there to let you know it's a duck.
But sometimes it turns out to be a goose.
In 2004, USC and Oklahoma were chosen over Auburn not because that's the way ESPN wanted it, but because both teams played a tougher schedule than Auburn and finished undefeated.
And when Tuberville said, "ESPN, I'll tell you, I don't have much to do with them anymore," well, he meant it. For a minute.
Shortly after leaving Auburn, Tuberville came to work for the same ESPN that he publicly called out just a few years before.
And on ESPNU's Inside the Polls, Tuberville's show, he made this brash statement:
“I think they [Auburn] win by three touchdowns.
"I watched Arkansas play in person. They're not real good. They can score on you, but they can't play defense.
"Arkansas can't stop a cold, but they'll try to score some points."
He was half right. Arkansas won by three touchdowns.
The point I'm trying to make here is this: Tommy Tuberville is not a liar. He's just wrong about things a lot.
So if he has predicted the demise of the Big 12, you have to take that with a grain of salt.
Tuberville actually believes what he is saying is true. But he's shot his mouth off to the media before and has been wrong. Often.
The point he was trying to make is that the way the Big 12 conducts their financial business isn't fair to all of the schools in the conference.
Whether the Big 12 implodes because of that remains to be seen.
But if Tommy Tuberville says it will happen, chances are it won't.
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