Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville wouldn’t be a Senator had he not spent nine years (pretty successful ones) as head coach of the Auburn Tigers. The only better “qualification” he could have had would have been a successful stint as head coach of the state’s flagship school, the University of Alabama but Auburn is known by all and if second favorite a strong one in that football as religion state. I should also note that while Senator Tub-a-Lard-For-Brains was head coach at Auburn for nine years, he was HC at four other schools totaling about 20 years as a head coach at big universities.
In all that time do you think maybe players let him know they’d gotten someone pregnant? And wanted some advice/assistance on arranging an abortion and maybe also helping keep the whole matter quiet? And that a call or two went out to boosters to help handle the situation? Well DUH! Of course such conversations took place. It might be a good chance to revoke the scholarship of a recruit that had turned out to be a bust, but for anyone at second (maybe even third) on the depth chart at their position it was a different story. Players who could produce wins? Many a university head coach (and not just football) has “helped a player” through the thorny problem of an unwanted pregnancy.
And abortion has often, if not usually been the answer.
If Tuberville were to claim he’d NEVER had a player come to him with this particular “Coach, I need some help” problem he’s a goddamned liar. Same is the case if he claims he never made a few calls to help the player and the woman he’d impregnated “take care of things.” IF Tuberville was the oh so “moral” “abortion is soooooooo wrong” person he’s now making himself out to be he’d have kicked any player even suggesting that as on option and revoking their scholarship in a heartbeat!
If you don’t believe me you don’t know sports and elite athletes. Especially young ones. There’s a reason athlete housing at the Olympics and other major events have bowls (big ones) filled with condoms all over the place. These folks like to screw, and even if the women are on birth control an STD can be the difference between doing well enough to be on the medal stand or just getting a “participation certificate.” Casual sex with young, top level athletes is as common as eating meals. Of course, with male athletes at large universities there’s a problem of them way too often assuming that any woman who heads away from the crowd with them wants to have sex. Everything on the continuum from pressure to flat out rape happens every day.
Add in alcohol & drugs and overindulgence in both being a staple at parties on and around every college campus every single night and unwanted pregnancies are a given.
As head coach, Tuberville had 1500 or so players under his tutelage. Young, horny guys with damn near unlimited opportunities to indulge in sex. LOTS of sex. Sure, some had relationships but the bulk was casual sex – short flings or one-nighters. Again, any notion that Tuberville didn’t help a player and some gal arrange for an abortion, or have an assistant handle it much less that he “never had any idea” is insulting to any rational person’s intelligence.
Of COURSE he had players who were the impregnators and either wanted help getting the woman to go along with an abortion or actually was happy she wanted to without any prompting but needed some help. And of COURSE he knew about it at least some of the time. And especially when the woman was reluctant to get an abortion, or certain other factors were in play (say the daughter of one of the school’s VIPs had a fling with a player and “daddy simply can’t find out”) he personally had to have chats with a booster or two he took active part.
What’s important is what I said earlier – that for any player that had “game time” potential at least he NEVER, not once kicked them off the team and revoked their scholarships! Not one effing time. He’s a goddamned hypocrite!
COACH Tuberville needs to be called out on this.