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SEC: One Year Later, T-Tub Is Crown Prince

BIRMINGHAM --- A year and a half after he survived a palace coup whose conspirators were the athletic director, school president and at least two prominent boosters, Tommy Tuberville is the man holding all the cards at Auburn University. He's got a 15-game winning streak heading into the 2005 season with a team he says is top to bottom the most talented he's had since he's been at Auburn. In this state where football is king, Tommy Tuberville is the crown prince.

If not for a leak to the press back in January of 2004, Tuberville would have been canned in favor of Louisville's Bobby Petrino. When the press got wind of a conspiracy in the making --- particularly since the leaders of the coup were meeting Petrino in Kentucky without the permission of the Louisville athletic department --- the deal that was to be fell apart quickly and Auburn was "stuck" with...

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