Tuberville Considering Changes For 2004 Team

Auburn's head coach says that he is looking at ways to make this season's team better.

Auburn, Ala.--With national signing day in the books, Tommy Tuberville will turn his attention to spring football practice plus his coaching staff and current players.

The Tigers will be on the practice field at the end of February for "spring" drills. The big question many Auburn fans have is will there be any changes in the coaching staff that is preparing the Tigers for the 2004 season?

Following Auburn's bowl victory over Wisconsin, the head coach said he would evaluate his staff through recruiting and then decide what, if any, changes he might make after a disappointing 8-5 season.

Tuberville says that beginning on Thursday he will meet with his assistants and review all aspects of what the Tigers did or didn't do during the 2003 season. "We will address everything we did last year and how we did it," he says. "Can we do anything to make it better? If we can, we will make a change. If we can't, we won't."

Tuberville adds, "There are a lot of people out there, obviously, who think that we will make some changes. I have had a lot calls, emails and faxes. We are going start from ground zero first and it is my job to figure out if we need changes--not only for ideas and commitment to this program, but also for our players and the type of players we have got.

"It is like recruiting," the coach adds. "When you go out and recruit players, you just don't recruit athletes. You have got to find the kind of players that fit what you do on offense and defense. The same way with coaches."

Tuberville says that with spring training just around the corner, he won't take long to make a decision on plans for the 2004 season. "We'll get after it quickly," he says. "Three weeks from Monday we start spring practice and we won't move it back."

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