AU Extends Tuberville's Contract

Auburn, Ala.--Athletic Director <b>David Housel</b> announced on Wednesday that Auburn University has added one year to the contract of football coach <b>Tommy Tuberville</b>.

Tuberville, who just completed his third season as Auburn's head coach, now has a five-year deal with the university. His 2001 team posted a 7-5 record. His first Auburn team posted a 5-6 mark and the 2000 Tigers were 9-4.

"We've made a lot of progress under Tommy's leadership," Housel said. "Three years ago, if someone had told us we would win the SEC Western Division one year, tie for the title the next year and go to the Peach and Citrus Bowls in the last two years, we would have considered that progress, and that's what Tommy has done. Our program is growing and improving. We're in the process of having a strong recruiting year and look forward to an even more successful future under Tommy's leadership."

Tuberville is currently busy with recruiting as the Tigers prepare for the Feb. 6th national signing day and last week he hired a new offensive coordinator to replace Noel Mazzone. He is still looking for a replacement to take over for John Lovett, who Tuberville dismissed as defensive coordinator.

"I appreciate David's support of our mission," Tuberville said. "Our goal is to win championships each and every year and our coaches and players are committed to achieving this goal. We have addressed several areas in our program during the off-season and are working on continuing to improve. We couldn't accomplish these goals without the support of our administration."

Tuberville is now expected to name his new coordinator in February. The Tigers are currently involved in winter workouts and will hit the field for spring training in March.

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