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  • Tommy Tuberville won Alabama’s U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, unseating incumbent Doug Jones in the proce s.The former Auburn football coach scored a two-seat swing for Senate Republicans by overtaking Jones, who held the position as a Democrat after a 2017 special election. Now Tuberville will once again become one of the most powerful men in the state since his resignation from Auburn in 2008.Tuberville’s candidacy, which featured a against Jeff Se sions, has drawn the ire of many of his former Auburn players. While his stint with the Tigers might be the most relevant coaching stop in his bid to win the Alabama seat, it’s not the only one he made on his trip to the upper chamber of Congre s.Here’s the timeline of how Tuberville went from Ole Mi s football coach to U.S. senator:MORE: College football careerOle Mi s (1995-98)Tuberville was announced as Ole Mi s’ coach in 1994. It was his first head coaching job after previously serving as an a sistant at Miami from 1986 to 1993. Prior to that, the Camden, Ark., native worked as an a sistant at Arkansas State from 1980 to 1984. He coached at Hermitage (Ark.) High School in 1978-79.Tuberville took over a Rebels program that was under heavy NCAA sanctions upon his arrival, yet won the SEC Coach of the Year after leading them to a 6-5 season. He led the team to records of 5-6, 8-4 and 6-5 in 1996, ‘97 and ‘98, respectively, to go 25-20 overall. During his tenure there, he also became involved in a movement banning the Confederate flag from Ole Mi s home games:We cant recruit against the Confederate flag," Tuberville said.(Ole Mi s chancellor eventually placed a ban on sticks in Vaught Hemingway Stadium, e sentially banning the Confederate flag from the stadium).Tuberville’s Ole Mi s tenure ended in controversy, however: When rumors swirled that Auburn was interested in hiring him, he famously uttered, on his weekly radio show. Days later, he left in an Auburn private jet to become the Tigers’ next coach. One report from The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mi s.) suggested Tuberville "never told his players so much as goodbye.Auburn (1999-2008)Tuberville took over at Auburn in 1999, leading the Tigers to a 5-6 record. It didn’t take long, however, before Tuberville started enjoying succe s. He led the team to winning seasons every year from 2000 to 2007, including an undefeated season in 2004 that saw the Tigers finish No. 3 in the BCS rankings and No. 2 in the AP and Coaches polls. The team also finished 11-2 and ranked ninth nationally in 2006.In all, Tuberville’s Tigers finished six seasons ranked on The Plains, going 85-40 in nine seasons. More importantly, Tuberville finished 7-3 against rival Alabama (putting together a six-game win streak that ranks as the longest for the Tigers in Iron Bowl history). He also finished 5-5 against rivals LSU and Georgia.Tuberville resigned as Auburn’s coach following a 5-7 season in 2008, capped by a 36-0 lo s to Alabama and coach Nick Saban. It was a move that surprised athletics director Jay Jacobs, but Tuberville said he wanted to take time off to be with his family before potentially returning. He worked as an analyst for Buster Sports and ESPN in 2009.Texas Tech (2010-12)In December 2009, Tuberville expre sed interest in becoming Texas Tech’s coach after the school fired fan favorite Mike Leach. Tuberville was named to the job in January 2010, leading the team to an 8-5 record and bowl win (becoming only the second coach in school history to win a bowl in their first season).Tuberville’s succe s was short-lived, however. He went 5-7 the following year and, in 2012, was seen during the Kansas State game (the Red Raiders lost 55-24). He initially claimed he had tried to grab Oliver’s shirt and remove him from the field, but apologized for the incident a few days later.Tuberville went 7-5 the following year, but again left amid controversy: While Devonte Danzey, a JUCO recruit, was in Lubbock, Texas, for an official visit, Tuberville interrupted their dinner by picking up a call from Cincinnati saying he’d received the Bearcats’ coaching job. He reportedly left Danzey at the restaurant without a word, and was announced as Cincinnati’s coach the next day.“The waitre s brought our food out, and we thought (Tuberville) went to the bathroom, but he never came back to dinner,” Danzey . "Then next thing I know, the next day, he made an announcement that he’s going to Cincinnati."Tuberville finished his Red Raiders stint at 20-17.Cincinnati (2013-16)Tuberville went 9-4 in each of his first two seasons in Cincinnati in 2013 and '14, respectively; the second of those campaigns netted the Bearcats the American Athletic Conference co-championship due to their 7-1 league record. Both of those seasons ended in bowl lo ses, however.Tuberville went 7-6 in 2015 and 4-8 in 2016. In the latter season following a 20-3 lo s to BYU that dropped his team to 4-5 Tuberville, clearly frustrated, and “get a job” as he exited the stadium.Frustrated Tommy Tuberville vs a frustrated fan after lo s to . . Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) Cincinnati i sued a statement the next day, saying he was put in a "no-win situation."A statement on the postgame event near our locker room following the BYU game last night. Mike Bohn (@USC_mikebohn) In December 2016, Tuberville resigned, leaving Cincinnati with a 29-22 overall record.MORE: Running for U.S. SenateAnnouncing his candidacy (April 2019)Tuberville, after announcing in 2017 he , signaled on Twitter his intent to run for U.S. Senate in April 2019.After more than a year of listening to Alabamas citizens, I have heard your concerns and hopes for a better tomorrow. I am humbled to announce the next step – I will be a candidate for US Senate. I invite you to join my team. Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) Heading to runoff (March 3, 2020)Tuberville ran against Jeff Se sions who held the seat from 1997 until his resignation in 2017, when he became Attorney General and Bradley Byrne in the state’s March primaries. Tuberville won 33 percent of the voting, whereas Se sions won 32 percent. Byrne won 25 percent of the vote, failing to advance to a .The runoff between Tuberville and Se sions largely centered on which of the two was more valuable to President Donald Trump. Said Tuberville following the primary election:“We’re going to overtime, and I know someone who knows how to win in overtime,” Tuberville said. "Were going to finish what President Trump started when he looked at Jeff Se sions from acro s the table and said, ‘Youre fired.’"Se sions responded similarly: "Anyone can say they are for the Trump agenda. But talk is cheap. But I have fought on the great i sues of our day and won. I have stood alone on facts and principles and won."Trump, who fired Se sions as Attorney General in November 2018, ahead of the runoff.Getting the GOP nod (July 14, 2020)Tuberville for U.S Senate on July 14 in a landsl

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