Tuberville, Jacobs Continue Talks

Tommy Tuberville and jay Jacobs are still talking about plans for the Auburn football program.

Auburn, Ala.--To borrow a phrase from an old Hermit's Hermits song, "Second Verse, Same as the First."

On Tuesday at the AU football complex, Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville continued his meetings with athletic director Jay Jacobs the two started on Monday while meeting with new Auburn president Jay Gogue. Jacobs and Tuberville talked throughout the morning, took a break for lunch and talked to almost 5:30 p.m. before calling it a day.

As was the case after Monday's meeting, Tuberville declined to comment about his discussions with Jacobs.

Also, as was the case the previous day, more talks are scheduled and those are expected to take place on Wednesday.

Tuberville and Jacobs are believed to be discussing short-term and long-term upgrades to the Auburn football program in regard to facilities and support staff to make sure the Tigers are able to continue to challenge for the SEC title on an annual basis.

The head coach 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. If Tuberville wanted to leave Auburn, and the coach insists that is not the case, it would cost $6 million to get out the contract this year and next, $5 million in 2009, $4 million in 2010 and $3 million in 2011.

Tuberville's assistants are on the road this week recruiting while the players are concentrating on academics following a 17-10 victory over archrival Alabama on Saturday night. That set a school record for consecutive Auburn victories over the Tide with six while Tuberville improved his personal record to 4-2 in games vs. first-year Tide head coach Nick Saban.

Auburn is expected to learn this weekend where they will be spending the holidays on a bowl trip. The Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta and the Outback in Tampa looking to be the most likely destinations for the 8-4 Tigers.

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