Ex-Auburn coach Tuberville in runoff for Alabama’s US Senate seat

Field Level Media

March 04, 2020 at 6:50 pm.

Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville will face ex-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a runoff election to see who will become the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

Tuberville and Sessions were the top vote getters among seven Republicans vying in Tuesday’s primary election. Since neither reached the 50 percent mark of votes — Tuberville garnered 33.39 percent to 31.65 percent for Sessions — they will compete in the March 31 runoff.

The winner will run against incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who won a special election in 2017 to fill the seat after it was vacated by Sessions when President Donald Trump named him attorney general.

Sessions, 73, spent nearly two tumultuous years in the position before Trump asked him to step down.

Tuberville, 65, coached Auburn from 1999 to 2008, posting an 85-40 record. That included an undefeated 13-0 season in 2004, but the Southeastern Conference champions weren’t invited to compete for the BCS National Championship.

He also was the head coach at Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Cincinnati and has a lifetime 159-99 record. He last coached in the 2016 season.