AU's AD Upbeat About Meeting With Tuberville

A report on Tommy Tuberville's meeting with Jay Gogue and Jay Jacobs is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville hasn't commented on his Monday meeting with new Auburn University president Jay Gogue. However, athletic director Jay Jacobs, who was at the meeting at Samford Hall, did.

"President Gogue, Tommy and I visited today and had a great meeting," Jacobs said. "As I've previously stated, Tommy's our coach and we're proud of his accomplishments.

"Tommy and I will sit down and meet in the near future as we do at the end of every season," Jacobs added. "We'll discuss what we can do to make the program better and build upon the success that we've sustained. Once we've met, I will make a recommendation to President Gogue."

Tuberville's Tigers wrapped up the regular season with a 17-10 victory over Alabama, Auburn's sixth consecutive win over AU's archrival, which is a school record. The Tigers, who are 8-4 this year, are awaiting news on a bowl bid.

The Auburn coach is believed to have discussed the need for the university to make sure there is a commitment to upgrades to football facilities in the coming years so Auburn will not be at a disadvantage in recruiting vs. its SEC rivals.

Tuberville is also interested in making sure he has the ability to hire and maintain top-notch assistant coaches and that there will be a continued commitment to a strong support system for AU's student-athletes.

Tommy Tuberville

Tuberville also is believed to have discussed a contract extension, but has not indicated any desire for a raise in his salary, which he has mentioned several times he is satisfied with under his current contract.

Tuberville is currently in the third year of a seven-year contract that he worked out with former AU president Ed Richardson following AU's 13-0 2004 season in which Tuberville swept virtually every national coach of the year award. That contract started at two million dollars per year and has increased $200,000 per year.


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