February 9, 2011
Arkansas Sports Hall of Famer to continue lecture series Feb. 17
SEARCY, Ark. — The American Studies Institute 2010-11 Distinguished Lecture Series will continue at Harding University Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium with Tommy Tuberville, current head football coach of the Texas Tech University Red Raiders and former head coach of the Auburn University Tigers.
Tuberville’s coaching career spans more than 30 years and includes head coach positions at University of Mississippi and Auburn University. During his 10 years at Auburn, he led the Tigers to 85 overall wins, ranking fourth in school history. The team won nearly 50 Southeastern Conference games, a fourth-best mark in the SEC. Tuberville also led Auburn to seven-straight bowl appearances and captured or shared five SEC West Division titles. Since his installation as head coach at Texas Tech in January 2010, Tuberville has lead the team to victory in the TicketCity Bowl, marking the first time in the school’s history that a coach has won a bowl game in his first season.
Throughout his career, Tuberville has been named the AFCA, Associated Press, Paul “Bear” Bryant, FCA, SEC and Walter Camp Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in February 2008. He has been active in community service amongst groups such as the Boys and Girls Club and Alabama Sheriff’s Youth Ranch. He participated in the first Armed Forces Entertainment Coaches Tour across the Middle East in 2008. While at Auburn, he also encouraged players to be active in community service, enlisting them to read at local schools, serve as mentors, visit the elderly and work with an organization for children suffering from disabilities, illnesses or loss.
Tuberville was born and raised in Camden, Ark., graduating from Harmony Grove High School in 1972. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Southern Arkansas University in 1976. He is married to Suzanne Fette Tuberville, and they have two sons, Thomas Tucker and Troy Allen.
The event is free and open to the public, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are necessary. For more information, contact the American Studies Institute office at 501-279-4497.
The 2010-11 series will conclude April 7 with Steve Forbes.