Gibbs Discusses His Status With Tigers

Auburn defensive coordinator David Gibbs talks about his interest in the NFL and his future at Auburn.

Auburn, Ala.--One year ago on signing day was when Auburn fans first learned the David Gibbs was going to be Auburn's new defensive coordinator. Signing day again brought news on Gibbs as this time he may be leaving to return to the NFL. He says that at the moment he's still an Auburn Tiger, but that he has been contacted about several jobs and will look at them in the coming days.

"I have been fortunate enough to have some people call me and ask questions and see if I would be interested," Gibbs says. "Right now I haven't made any decisions. I'm going to look into some opportunities and if and when there is an offer I'll make a decision when that happens. I've got people calling me everyday for my job. It's amazing. I thought I was still at Auburn. The internet is a powerful tool, which we all know. We'll see.

"Coach Tubs (Tommy Tuberville) has been great," he adds. "I'm an Auburn guy. I grew up here and I love Auburn. As a football coach you have to look to take care of yourself and your family. If I do stay in college football it will be at Auburn. That's about it."

Despite his name being mentioned with jobs at Houston and several other NFL teams, Gibbs says at the moment he doesn't have any firm offers to join a team next season. Instead he says he'll talk to some teams and if he gets an offer they'll cross that bridge when they come to it.

"I read on the internet where people are offering me jobs at place where I've never heard of the coaches," Gibbs says. "I've never met them before in my life. It really doesn't matter. If and when it becomes a situation Coach Tuberville and I will sit down and talk about it and we'll go from there.

"By no means do I want to hurt Auburn. Right now I'm planning on being at Auburn unless something happens. The good thing about the NFL is that they don't wait around a whole lot or a very long period of time. Things will happen quick and we'll go from there."

With Gibbs on the road talking with several NFL teams the Tigers will be busy getting ready for spring football which begins Feb. 28. Because of that the first-year coach says that no matter what he does it will be done quick so Auburn won't be put in a bind by his actions.

"If I am going to leave it has to happen quick so they can get somebody else in here quick to get ready for spring football, which as you all know starts quick" Gibbs says. "If it happens it's going to happen quick one way or another and we'll move on with it.

"I love coaching in college and I love Auburn," he adds. "Heck if you got an opportunity to look around and people were throwing a whole bunch of money at you then you're probably going to listen too. We'll see what happens. Right now I'm an Auburn Tiger. If that changes myself or Coach Tuberville or Kirk (Sampson) will be the first one to let you know."


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