Announcement On AD Now Expected On Wednesday

An update on the search for a new athletic director is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn University interim president Dr. Ed Richardson is expected to announce his choice for athletic director on Wednesday morning and introduce his candidate later that day at a press conference.

On Monday evening, Richardson had said that he hoped to make the announcement on Tuesday. However, on Tuesday night AU officials said there would be no announcement until the following day. A press conference to announce the pick is tenatively scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Richardson is expected to choose between Auburn's senior associate athletic director for development, Jay Jacobs, and Dan Radokovich, senior associate athletics director at LSU.

The two other finalists for the post are Greg McGarity, who is associate athletic director for internal affairs at the University of Florida, and former AU football kicker Scott Etheridge, a television financial executive with NBC.

On Tuesday, Richardson met again with football coach Tommy Tuberville. Those two men are close to negotiating a new, more lucrative contract for the head coach that is expected to be worth close to $2 million per year in total compensation. Tuberville's current package is worth $1.5 million annually.

Tuberville said last week that his main concern on the financial front is to make sure his assistant coaches receive raises following the 12-0 season because he is impressed with the current staff and would like to continue to work with the group. Richardson told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he and the head coach had discussed that point and it is something that he is in favor of, too.

Richardson said the exact numbers on the new contract were not nailed down on Monday, but numbers and ranges for the contract were discussed. Richardson told the coach he hopes to have a written proposal for a new contract for Tuberville by the end of the week.


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