Tuberville Looking for a Coordinator

Coach Tommy Tuberville comments on his vacancy for the offensive coordinator role.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville said on Wednesday he hopes to have a new offensive coordinator on board soon after making the decision to replace Al Borges, who has handled those duties the past four seasons for Auburn.

"Al and I discussed this during the last week and after a decision was made, I began looking for a new offensive coordinator," Tuberville said in a prepared statement. "We hope to have someone on board in the near future."

The Auburn head coach added, "Al did a good job for us during his tenure and we appreciate everything that he did for Auburn. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Borges said through a spokesman he didn't want to comment on the situation other than with this comment. ""After speaking with Coach Tuberville for the better part of 20 minutes, it became increasingly clear that Auburn needed a new offensive coordinator."

Auburn is scheduled to begin Chick-fil-A Bowl preparations this week for a New Year's Eve game vs. Clemson. Current Troy offensive coordinator Tony Franklin is considered a strong candidate for the vacant offensive coordinator spot. Franklin has discussed the position with Tuberville, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Franklin's Troy offense was impressive this season while Auburn struggled. The Tigers finished the regular season 10th in the SEC in total offense and 101st of 119 Division I teams with an average of 327.8 yards per contest.

The head coach also had reason to believe he may have to replace defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who was under consideration for the vacant head coaching job at the University of Arkansas. However, reports on Tuesday evening from Atlanta indicate that Bobby Petrino, a former AU offensive coordinator, is leaving the Atlanta Falcons to take the job at Arkansas.

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