Statement from Auburn President William Walker

Auburn President William Walker issued a statement on Tuesday evening regarding the Head Coach position at his university.

As a part of my considerations regarding the football coaching situation, I flew to Louisville last Thursday night to meet with Bobby Petrino. This meeting was arranged by a search firm that is assisting me as I deliberate this issue.

Coach Petrino has been mentioned as a candidate for the job should it become available. I have made no decision and am considering my options. This visit was a part of that process.

I was accompanied by Athletic Director David Housel and, at my request, Earlon McWhorter, President Pro Tem of the Board of Trustees and Byron Franklin, a member of the Board who has played college and professional football and knows the game as well as anyone. No one else went with us.

I am continuing to evaluate the football program, my goals for that program and options that may be available to me and Auburn University.

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