With four years remaining on his current contract, Tuberville tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he's pleased that Athletic Director Jay Jacobs and President Jay Gogue have offered an extension to keep himself and his family in Auburn for a long time to come.
"We love it here and it's a great place," Tuberville said. "People want us here and we want to be here. We love it. That's really what makes it great."
Despite the rumors that Tuberville and Jacobs were having problems at the negotiating table, Tuberville saud that wasn't the case at all and notes it was all about timing. Once they got to sit down he says it was easy to come to terms.
"We just had not had a chance to get together," Tuberville says. "He has been out of town and I have been out of town. Jay got here today and we talked things through. I had a contract. This is a two-year extension. I wanted to make sure everyone was satisfied with what we were doing. They were. They are excited as I am.
"We just had not had enough time to sit down," Tuberville added. "We still had four years left. I am excited that Jay and the president wanted to extend my contract and that everyone was comfortable on the coaching staff and myself. I think all of this work means something good coming around the corner."
Jacobs said he was glad to get an agreement with Tuberivlle, who is finishing his ninth season as head coach of the Tigers.
"We're very pleased with the success, hard work and efforts of Coach Tuberville and his staff," Jacobs said. "Tommy and I worked patiently though this process and did what was best for Auburn. He has not only achieved success with a winning program, but has student-athletes that graduate and represent Auburn in the finest manner."
In addition to the extension, Tuberville said he agreed to a buyout. The extension will also assure his assistant coaches will have security while at Auburn. That is an issue that Tuberville said he wanted to be sure of during the process.
Tuberville's contract has him receiving $2.8 million in 2008 with an increase of $200,000 through the 2013 season. That would give Tuberville a $3.8 million contract for his last season under the current deal. The buyout will be $6 million for 2008, $5 million for 2009 and $4 million for the remaining four years of the contract.
Tuberville is shown at last January's ceremony where Auburn received the ODK Trophy that is presented annually to the winner of the Auburn-Alabama football game. With another win this season, the Tigers have won a school-record sixth straight Iron Bowl showdown vs. Alabama.
The Auburn coach met with Jacobs and associate athletic director Tim Jackson on Tuesday in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel where all three are attending the National Football Foundation's annual awards ceremony. The event attracts coaches and collegiate administrators from around the country.
Tuberville was reported by media outlets last week as the new head coach at Arkansas. However, Tuberville said he didn't consider that job, which has yet to be filled. "The only thing I was interested in is staying at Auburn and competing for championships as head coach. I am looking forward to being at Auburn for a long time."
AU officials formally offered a contract extension on Friday evening after Tuberville returned from his annual hunting trip in Arkansas with AU assistant coaches Eddie Gran, Hugh Nall, Steve Ensminger and administrative assistant Andy Lutz.
While hunting in West Helena, Ark., media reports broke that the AU coach was headed for Fayetteville to take over as head coach of the Razorbacks. That was a very surprising development to AU coaches, who told Inside the Auburn Tigers they were baffled by the reports, which were later backed off on after it became obvious that the AU coach was not the man to replace Houston Nutt at Arkansas.
Tuberville, as previously scheduled, left for New York City on Saturday. Jacobs and Jackson flew to New York on Tuesday where they talked with Tuberville about the contract extension on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
The Auburn coach will return to Auburn on Wednesday for a press conference to discuss the Chick-fil-A Bowl game. Officials of the game will be there from Atlanta, too. The Tigers will play Clemson on New Year's Eve at the Georgia Dome.
"I'm very appreciative for this extension and look forward to continuing the success that we've established at Auburn," Tuberville said Tuesday night. "Auburn University is a great institution and we have an outstanding athletics department. We look forward to being at Auburn for a long time.
"I'd like to thank the best college football fans in the
country, the Auburn fans and the Auburn family, for their support and patience over the last few weeks," Tuberville said. "Myself and the entire coaching staff are excited about the past, present and especially the future of Auburn football."