Tuberville in wrong business?

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 16, 2000

If Tommy Tuberville ever decides to leave coaching, he should be a salesman or politician. Just not in Mississippi. Tuberville’s latest ploy involved raising money by going after the child in adults. According to Bill Lumpkin of the Birmingham Post-Herald, Tuberville and his football staff are holding their second annual &uot;Auburn Fantasy Camp&uot; July 28-30.

Approximately 40 Auburn fans, most past their prime, will be able to put on Auburn jerseys and follow routines that those young Auburn Tigers do in the fall.

Lumpkin said the camp begins with a nice around-the-pool outing at Tuberville’s house. The following day, the over-the-hill gang will break down into offense and defense, go through drills (even blocking) and have a touch-sort of game practice, all to be preserved on film.

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Coaches will break down schemes Auburn expects Wyoming to use in the opening game, offer some inside info on what Auburn will do to counter, and talk about recruiting, etc.

Lumkpkin said the highlight, however, for those still standing, will be to sit on the 50-yard line in Jordan-Hare Stadium and laugh at a video film of camp activities shown on the big scoreboard screen. Everybody goes home Sunday morning.

What’s the cost for this &uot;fantasy&uot;? How about $1,000 per wanna-be.

Can you just picture Jackie Sherrill, David Cutcliffe or Nick Saban trying the same thing? I figure they will just stick to the alumni meetings.

4 Doug Atkins, Brandon Atkins and Tyler Walker are spending the summer playing for the Brookhaven Brakemen of the Cotton States League, which is a wooden bat league.

The Atkins twin brothers helped Copiah-Lincoln to the Division III World Series in Millington, Tenn., this past year.

Walker spent his freshman season at Meridian Community College. Expect big things out of all three of these guys at the end of their sophomore seasons.

4I imagine quite a number of people got a chuckle out of the announcement of a new bowl starting up in 2001.

The New Orleans Bowl, which will be played the third week in December, will pit the Sun Belt champion against an at-large opponent.

The Sun Belt Conference has always been known as a basketball conference, but the recent addition of Middle Tennessee, North Texas and New Mexico State adds a little more punch.

Are you still laughing? How about the fact that there are five New Mexico State players in the NFL.

Aaron Laing is a tight end with Cleveland, Joey Dozer is a running back with Arizona, Duane Gregory catches passes at Baltimore, Denvis Manns is a running back with Dalllas, and Sean Manuel is a tight end with Kansas City.

The Sun Belt team with the most NFL players?

The University of Louisiana at Monroe.

ULM has 12 players of the 35 Sun Belt players active in the NFL.

Those players are Lionel Barnes, Jeff Blackshear, Orlando Bobo, Marty Booker, Vincent Brisby, Bubby Brister, Steve Foley Jackie Harris, Shawn King, Doug Pederson, Larry Whigham and Tito Wooden.

Linebacker Cedric Robinson could be the next Indian to join the flock of NFL players.

Joey Martin is sports editor of The Democrat. He can be reached by calling 446-5172 ext. 232 or at