This and that on a chilly January day.
When he was head football coach at Auburn University, Tommy Tuberville was known to change up his staff from time to time. Now, less than a month and a half before the March 3 primary, Tuberville is reorganizing his campaign staff in his bid for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Huntsville attorney Stan McDonald has assumed the position of campaign chair, a post that was not filled previously. McDonald had been part of the campaign early on, concentrating on fundraising,
McDonald has brought on Jeff Rose, CEO of the large campaign consulting firm, Axion, to give the campaign more of a national presence.
McDonald, an avid Auburn man, has the pedigree to lead such an effort. He is brother-in-law to U.S. Rep Robert Aderholt, R-4th District. His father was the late Albert McDonald, who served several terms in the Alabama State Senate, and was twice elected statewide as Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture.
An early member of the Tuberville team was Sean Spicer, the former press secretary to President Trump. Spicer is no longer is affiliated with the campaign.
Trip Skipper of Auburn has had an important role and is expected to continue in a senior campaign position.
Stan McDonald is also a member of the Alabama State Ethics Commission, meaning he is going to have to tread gingerly in his Tuberville campaign position, although the U.S. Senate campaign is federal and the Ethics Commission is state.
A different ‘Amen Corner’
Former coach Pat Dye dubbed the last few games of Auburn’s schedule “Amen Corner,” comparing the difficulty of the games to the challenges of holes 11, 12 and 13 at the Masters at Grand National in Augusta, Ga., near where he grew up.
Auburn’s “Amen Corner” included the last four games of the season and three of those four games annually were against Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Since Auburn stopped playing Florida every year in 2002, the gauntlet has “only” included Georgia and Alabama.
The particularly difficult thing for the past several years is that Auburn has had to face those two teams on the road in alternating years (odd-numbered years they were at home and even-numbered on the road.)
Thanks to an accommodation from the University of Georgia and LSU, that will change this fall when Georgia and LSU basically swap places on the schedule. So Auburn will play Georgia on the road in October and LSU at home in November.
Of course. LSU will come in as the defending National Champion. Thanks for lightening up the schedule SEC!
A spot of humor
Auburn is keen on tradition and as we begin a new year and a new decade, I have decided to start a new practice of ending my columns with a little humor. The first one, of course, is about politics…
Q. How do you get President Trump to change a light bulb?
A. Tell him President Obama put it in.
Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to firstname.lastname@example.org.