Garner: No Comment on Auburn Job

ATHENS – If Georgia assistant head coach Rodney Garner has any inside information on who Auburn is leaning toward hiring to succeed Tommy Tuberville as head coach, he certainly isn't letting anyone else in on the secret.

Garner refused to answer any direct questions about the job Wednesday after he interviewed with the Tigers last weekend, referring only to a statement he released through the school earlier in the week.

"My family and I love Athens and the University of Georgia and are completely happy here," he said in the statement. "I'm sure the process will take its proper course and I don't think it would be appropriate to comment further at this time."

This was the first time Garner had interviewed for a head-coaching job in his career, and he said the process – which included a interview before a hiring committee – was far more arduous than any he had been through in the past.

"When you're an assistant, you're dealing with the head coach, so it's like night and day," Garner said.

Although he refused to comment on the possibility he would be offered or accept the position, Garner did say the experience was an important step for him.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity," he said. "I feel honored and humbled by it. It was an awesome experience, and I'm very appreciative of the opportunity."

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