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Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville speaks during the Decatur High football coaching clinic on Wednesday.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville speaks during the Decatur High football coaching clinic on Wednesday.

Decatur hosts Auburn coaches for clinic

By Bradley Handwerger
bhandwerger@decaturdaily.com 340-2462

If you were driving north on U.S. 31 near Calhoun Community College as the hour approached 1 p.m. Wednesday, chances are you saw two Auburn University planes touch down at Pryor Field

For the first time in at least four years, Tommy Tuberville and his entire football coaching staff were in town. They weren't in the area recruiting, though.

They were here to meet and greet and dispense the occasional piece of football knowledge.

Jere Adcock invited Tuberville's staff to speak at a coaching clinic at Decatur Country Club, where nearly 100 coaches, including Adcock's Red Raiders personnel, gathered.

Tuberville isn't new to the clinic circuit.

"We try to do as many clinics as we can, especially in Alabama," Tuberville said from the Pryor Field terminal.

"We get as much out of it as the high school coaches do."

That includes meeting new coaches and making inroads for future recruiting purposes.

But the clinic doesn't benefit only Tuberville and his staff. Adcock, who invited all coaches from Alabama High School Athletic Association Districts 7 and 8, said "It gives guys in North Alabama a chance to spend some time together. We're trying to do that — create more camaraderie in the area. Events like this give us a chance to get together and do that."

The clinic began at 2:30 p.m. and went on for nearly five hours.

For the first time in a while, Tuberville appeared rested. Auburn is coming off an 11-2 season and the team just finished spring football drills two weeks ago.

Midway through the X's and O's clinic, Tuberville wasn't even talking football.

As Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, defensive line coaches Don Dunn and Terry Price, and linebackers coach James Willis answered questions from high school coaches about their positions, Tuberville joked with Adcock.

What did they joke about?

Coaching high school basketball and getting thrown out of games.

As Adcock reminisced about his days coaching boys, Tuberville laughed about his early days as a high school girls coach.

In the end, the clinics aren't real special. Instead, they're a good time for Tuberville to meet new coaches from the area and vice versa.

For Tuberville, now is the time to do these clinics. Spring practice is finished and the spring recruiting won't start until the end of April.

"We're really pressed for time before spring practice," Tuberville said. "It takes a good two to three weeks to prepare."

From Decatur, the Auburn staff will go to Fairhope High.

These coaching clinics aren't the only thing Tuberville's staff participate in during the slow offseason. Earlier this week, several of the defensive staff members were in Ohio speaking with the Cleveland Browns coaches.

Following this week's high school clinics, Tuberville's staff will go back on the road visiting more NFL coaching staffs.

It's all done with the idea to learn the latest trends in offense, defense and special teams.

"We try to learn as much from the coaches as they learn from us," Tuberville said.

- Daily Sports Writer Brooke Milam contributed to this report

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