Auburn Football in Need of Change

Michael HicksSenior Analyst IOctober 24, 2008

Tommy Tuberville did not lose his job Thursday night in Morgantown, but he lost his team.

The Auburn players looked like they did not care anymore. They were cold and looked disinterested while West Virginia was reeling off 31 unanswered points. The defense forgot how to tackle, and the offense forgot how to run.

The Mountaineers had 10 plays of 20 yards or more, and Noel Devine busted loose for 207 rushing yards on 17 carries, while the Auburn offense stalled drive after drive.

It is clear now that Kodi Burns could not even quarterback the Sigma Chi intramural team.

What now for Auburn football?

A season that started with championship aspirations is falling faster than the economy.

Unfortunately for Tuberville, there are still four games left in this season, and Auburn will be the underdog in all but one.

Right now, it doesn't look good for Tuberville. Another second half collapse, and Tubs is that much closer to the unemployment line. Auburn will have to finish strong to get six wins and make a bowl game.

As the success of the program just 180 miles west grows, Tuberville finds himself with more questions than answers. He is on the brink of his first losing season on the Plains since 1999.

Many Auburn supporters are wondering if Tuberville cares anymore. They have questioned his desire to recruit, and they question his decision-making skills.

The Auburn program is going backwards under Tuberville, and the people with the money are willing to pay to see him go.