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Should I STAY or should i go?


Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville and athletic director Jay Jacobs did not meet Wednesday after a full day of meetings on Tuesday failed to reach a settlement.

Talks between the two have reportedly centered on an extension to Tuberville’s contract, more security for his assistants and improvement in facilities.

AP: John Bazemore
Tuberville has led Auburn to six straight Iron Bowl wins.

Tuberville is in the third year of a 7-year deal that paid him $2.6 million last year and is due to pay him $2.8 million in 2008. His contract includes a $6 million buyout.

A story in the The Birmingham News Wednesday said that Tuberville and Jacobs had agreed to extend his contract to seven years but other issues were left unresolved.

A source familiar with the negotiations told one of the hang-ups is an issue of control within the athletic department. Tuberville, this source said, wants more direct control over football-related issues within the department.

Tuberville’s future at Auburn turned more uncertain Wednesday with news that Arkansas has targeted the Camden, Ark., native as one of its top candidates to replace Houston Nutt, who resigned from the Razorbacks Monday and accepted the head coaching position at Ole Miss Tuesday.

A source familiar with the Arkansas search said Wednesday they were considering an offer to Tuberville in the neighborhood of $3.5 million over 10 years but that the buyout could be a deal-breaker. The source went on to say the buyout may be negotiable if Tuberville expressed a desire to leave Auburn.

Jacobs told reporters Saturday that the buyout was “pretty much iron-clad.”

Tuberville’s name also surfaced in the Texas A&M coaching search but the Aggies hired Houston Texans offensive coordinator Mike Sherman Monday. Tuberville has also been mentioned as a potential candidate at LSU where head coach Les Miles is a leading candidate for the Michigan job.

It’s uncertain when negotiations between Tuberville and Jacobs will resume. Tuberville will be out of town Thursday and Friday for an annual duck hunting trip in Arkansas. He’s scheduled to be in New York Sunday through Tuesday for the College Football Hall of Fame Awards Dinner.

Tuberville is nearing the end of his ninth season on the Plains where he’s compiled a 79-33 record and led the Tigers to the 2004 SEC Championship.

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