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Tubervillle plans to stay at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville tried to ease one concern for Tigers fans leading up to Saturday’s visit from Alabama, saying he planned to stay put “as long as they want us here.”

He said Monday that he has no plans to leave for another job despite reports linking him to a potential job opening at Texas A&M to replace embattled coach Dennis Franchione.

Tuberville said he hasn’t met with athletic director Jay Jacobs yet to discuss a contract extension, but plans to do so next week after the Iron Bowl.

“As I told them, I love Auburn. I love Auburn people,” Tuberville said. “They’ve done a lot for me, and I hope we’ve done a lot for them. We’re going to be at Auburn as long as they want us here. We’re fired up about that.”

He has been asked several times in recent weeks about the reports indicating that he would be targeted by the Aggies if Franchione is fired, but had declined to address them. Tuberville said he meets with Jacobs weekly but they didn’t have contract talks during the Tigers’ open date last week.

Texas A&M and coach Dennis Franchione have both denied the reports indicating that they were negotiating a contract buyout. Tuberville spent the 1994 season as the Aggies’ defensive coordinator.

The Tigers (7-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) have other worries heading into Saturday’s visit by the Crimson Tide (6-4, 4-3), when they are seeking their sixth consecutive win in the rivalry.

The biggest one: Rebounding from a 45-20 loss at No. 6 Georgia before heading into an open date. It’s not as big a shocker as Alabama’s own loss to Louisiana-Monroe last weekend, but it stung nonetheless.

“It’s two teams that are not coming off great games and trying to improve,” Tuberville said. “I’ve seen it all in football. You’re going to have a lot of those if you stay in it long enough.

“These kids are a lot more resilient than we are as coaches and fans. They tend to get over things a little bit quicker.”

Tuberville had a one-year stint coaching Texas A&M’s defense in 1994, when the team went 10-0-1. Tuberville left to become head coach at Mississippi. He left Mississippi for Auburn in 1998.

Its about that time…

first play of the game in 04…