Tuberville Signs New Contract With Auburn

Auburn, Ala.--After the most successful football season in Auburn history, head coach Tommy Tuberville has been awarded a new seven-year contract which will pay him $2 million in 2005 with an increase of $200,000 for each year of the contract according to an announcement by President Dr. Ed Richardson on Thursday.

The contract will pay Tuberville a base salary of $210,000 with the remainder coming from endorsement rights and radio and television agreements. Tuberville's previous package was worth $1.5 million.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Coach Tuberville that will keep him here at Auburn for a long time," said Richardson. "He is an excellent representative of the university both on and off the field. He is a gentleman whose teams play hard and by the rules and Auburn is fortunate to have him running our football program."

Tommy Tuberville

The contract also features several incentives to reward Tuberville for the team's success. The incentives include: $50,000 for 10 victories or more, $100,000 for an undefeated regular season, $100,000 for playing in the Southeastern Conference Championship game, $150,000 for winning the SEC Championship and $300,000 for winning a national championship. There are also incentives for achieving the NCAA's academic success rate and for graduation rates.

"I want to thank Dr. Richardson for his confidence in our entire coaching staff and for allowing us to continue to represent Auburn for many, many years," said Tuberville. "I truly believe that this is the best coaching job in America. From the fan support, to the community, to the support of the administration, all the resources are in place to consistently win championships. I am looking forward to many more successful seasons at Auburn."

The contract includes two clauses, a buyout should Auburn choose to cancel the contract and a penalty clause should Tuberville terminate the agreement. Auburn's buyout and Tuberville's penalty is $7 million for the first two years of the contract, $6 million for 2007-08, $5 million for 2009, $4 million for 2010 and $3 million for 2011.

Last season, Tuberville led Auburn to a 13-0 record, which was the most wins in school history. Under his leadership, the Tigers won the Nokia Sugar Bowl with a 16-13 win over Virginia Tech to finish the season ranked No. 2 by both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls. In addition, the Tigers won their first SEC title since 1989 and first outright championship since 1987. Auburn defeated four top 10 teams during the season, the most of any team in the nation. The Tigers were also only the third team in SEC history to finish the season 13-0.

Tuberville won seven Coach of the Year awards including six national honors following the 2004 season: Southeastern Conference, American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Walter Camp and Schutt Sports.

In six seasons, Tuberville has posted a 51-24 record at Auburn. He has guided the Tigers to four SEC Western Division titles, including outright championships in 2000 and 2004. Since 2000, Auburn is tied for second in the SEC with 29 conference wins. The Tigers have made five consecutive appearances in bowl games, winning the last three straight games.

In addition, players have earned numerous individual honors under Tuberville as Auburn has garnered 26 first-team All-SEC awards, six All-America honors, 15 SEC All-Freshmen accolades, 25 SEC Player of the Weeks honors, two SEC Player of the Year awards, one Jacobs Award presented annually to the league's top blocker and one Most Valuable Player of the SEC Championship game. Auburn players have also earned more than 65 SEC Academic Honor Roll distinctions during Tuberville's tenure. In 2004, nine players played in the Nokia Sugar Bowl who had already earned their degrees.

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