Tuberville Excited for Former AU Assistant

Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville talks about the news that Paul Rhoads will be head coach at Iowa State.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville says he is thrilled at the news that his former defensive coordinator, Paul Rhoads, has landed a head coaching job at Iowa State University.

Rhoads is scheduled to be introduced as Iowa State's new head coach at a press conference set for 5 p.m. on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

"When I hired Paul I knew there was a good chance that it wouldn't be long until he was a head coach," Tuberville tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have no doubt that he will do a great job for Iowa State like he did at Auburn as our defensive coordinator."

Paul Rhoads

Earlier this year, Rhoads was in the mix for the head coaching position at Utah State. However, he landed the one at Iowa State, where the native of Ankeny, Iowa worked as an assistant coach from 1995-99.

Tuberville brought Rhoads on board to replace Will Muschamp, who left after the 2007 season to take a position at the University of Texas. Like Muschamp, Rhoads coached defensive backs and coordinated the defense, something new Auburn head coach Gene Chizik did for the Tigers from 2002-2004.

Paul Rhoads is shown riding his bike to a preseason Auburn football practice in August.

Tuberville had tried on several other occasions to bring in Rhoads from Pitt before finally being able to do it for one season. With Tuberville out as head coach at Auburn, the Tigers hired Chizik from Iowa State one week ago and he was formally introduced as Auburn's head coach at a press conference on Monday.

"It's a great opportunity for Paul to be a head coach and I wish him the best," Tuberville says. "It is going to be a challenging job. He is a great coach and a great person and family man. The players at Auburn respected the job he did."

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