The Hunt For A New Offensive Coordinator

An update on Tommy Tuberville's coaching search is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--The search continues for a new offensive coordinator for the Auburn football Tigers.

"We just finished the third interview and we will have another one tonight," Tuberville said. "I don't know what will happen. There is one more candidate we want to try to get in and he might not be able to get in until Sunday. If that is the case we will wait until Sunday to talk to him."

Tuberville interviewed Georgia Tech assistant head coach Buddy Geis on Wednesday and is also expected to interview Indiana offensive coordinator Al Borges. Borges has 17 years of experience as a collegiate offensive coordinator and 13 more years as an assistant. Borges has also coached at Cal, UCLA, Boise State and Portland State.

Tuberville said the interview with Geis went well. In the past week he has had on campus interviews with Miami of Ohio offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery and Toledo offensive coordinator Rob Spence.

Montgomery's team was second in the nation in total offense this past season averaging 501.1 yards per contest for a 13-1 Miami of Ohio squad. Spence's Rockets were 11th nationally in total offense with 462.8 yards per contest.

Last week Tuberville noted that he expected to have a new coordinator on board this week. On Wednesday night he said that still may be the case, but he hasn't made a decision yet on who will succeed Hugh Nall as offensive coordinator. Nall will continue to coach the offensive line for the Tigers.

Borges joined the Indiana staff in 2002 after one season at Cal and five at UCLA. He was also offensive coordinator at Oregon (1995), Boise State (1993-94) and Portland State (1986-92). He coached for the Oakland Invaders of the USFL in 1984-85 and got his first offensive coordinator job from 1983-85 at Diablo Valley in California. He began coaching in 1975 as an assistant at Salinas, Calif., High.

Indiana averaged 321 yards per game of total offense last season, which was 98th nationally. His previous team set a school record for passing yardage with 3,020 and had 4,418 total yards. That team also had two receivers who reached the 50-reception mark, a first in Hoosier history.

Geis had previously coached on Chan Gailey's staff with the NFL's Dallas Cowboys where he was a quarterback coach. He also coached QBs for the Colts and receivers for the Packers. His background also includes time in the CFL as an offensive coordinator and college stops at Memphis, Duke and Arizona. He is a 1972 graduate of Lock Haven


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