MEDIA DAYS: Playing your old employer

With new Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino now in the same division with Auburn, where he served as offensive coordinator, there are five instances where an SEC coach will play against his former school every year.

Four of those instances are with head coaches: Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville against Ole Miss, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier against Florida, Alabama’s Nick Saban against LSU and Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt against Arkansas.

Tuberville was asked how he deals with that situation.

“You have to have a game plan mentally as a coach when you face a team you just coached. You have to have your thoughts in mind, not just for you but your staff. You have to focus. If you take the focus away from your team and think it’s about you, you’ve got problems.

“You have to be open. Don’t change anythiing, just be yourself. There will be a lot of talk going on that week. I’ve been through it several times. You have to take it, understand the way it is and work through it. It brings back a lot of memories, but you can’t let it get in the way of the business of preparing 70 or 80 guys to put on a bus or plane and go play at a hostile environment.”

— PA

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2 Responses to “MEDIA DAYS: Playing your old employer”

  1. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Four of those instances are with head coaches: Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville against Ole Miss, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier against Florida, Alabama’s Nick Saban against LSU and Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt against Arkansas.

    Only Coach Nutt came into a new coaching job with real honor. As we know he was dismissed after beating the #1 in the nation and in their tigers den.

  2. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Over that last ten years, I hear that the Southeastern Conference has won three of the last five national titles. Ole Miss can’t drop the ball here and break this stat. They must carry on in their winning tradition and keep this SEC success going. I believe they will under Coach Nutt and his outstanding staff.

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