Daily Archive for November 30th, 2007

This Is Getting Old Fast……

The Latest Scoop

***Sources out of Arkansas tell us that Razorback boosters have raised the $6 million to buyout Tommy Tuberville’s contract and will offer a contract valued around $31.5 million over 10 years. They are waiting for an answer from Tuberville and have not received any guarantee that he will accept.

***Sources out of Baton Rouge also tell us that LSU boosters are in talks with Tuberville’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, and are also interested. If Tuberville cannot reach an agreement with Auburn or Arkansas, the LSU job is a definite possibility. Tuberville could also try and delay talks with AU and UA to give LSU more time to come up with an offer.

***Tuberville is expected to return to Auburn this afternoon and speak with AU officials about their contract proposal. Sources indicate that this afternoon’s talks will be pivotal in whether Tuberville remains as AU’s head coach.

***Sources indicate AU is prepared to offer a contract to Tuberville that will give him most of what he’s asked for including:

1. An extension that will up his contract to six years and include a 200K increase each year. The contract would make him a $4 million dollar coach by year six.
2. Refurbish the weight room and training table.
3. Offer three options to Tuberville on building an indoor practice facility.

***This source said the only thing AU is not willing to negotiate is Tuberville’s $6 million buyout. Tuberville wants it eliminated but AU is standing firm.

***Tuberville mentioned facilities in a taped statement that aired on Tiger Talk last night:

“I want everybody, not just our administration but also our fans, to understand we are at a point and if we are going to get to another point we can’t keep on as is. You have got to make changes, facilities. You have got to have a plan. A plan has to be intact,” said Tuberville.

***It should be pointed out that Auburn has facility plans intact that already included nearly $5 million to renovate the locker rooms, assistant coach offices and add additional office space to the athletic department in the coming months. AU just completed over $30 million in renovations of Jordan-Hare Stadium the last three years and is investing $92.5 million into a new basketball arena.

***Stay tuned to AuburnSports.com as we role out all the scoop as it come in. If need be we’ll have several more War Room Special Editions throughout the day.

When Pigs Have Dreams

Source: Tracking the tigers 

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville was sitting on a deer stand in rural Arkansas early this morning. Cell phones, of course, work even in deer stands if they’re not too far out in the sticks.

Tuberville, who will be back in Auburn around lunchtime today, said he was incredulous when he learned after emerging from the woods Thursday night of the reports flooding out of Arkansas that he was on the verge of agreeing to become the Razorbacks’ coach.

Tuberville didn’t want to be quoted, but he had some strong words for those responsible for those reports. Neither he nor his agent, Jimmy Sexton, Tuberville said, has had any contact at all with Arkansas officials about the job vacated by Houston Nutt.

By the way, he and assistants Eddie Gran and Steve Ensminger were planning to hunt ducks but ended up hunting deer. Gran bagged a deer. The other two have struck out so far.

Rumors about Tuberville future swirling

Collin Mickle / Staff Writer

Opelika-Auburn News

Thursday, November 29, 2007


ooAs rumors swirled Thursday about the future of Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, AU athletic director Jay Jacobs stayed calm, at least in his comments to the media.

Several Arkansas media sources, including news station KNWA-TV, reported Thursday evening that Tuberville was close to a deal to become the next head coach at Arkansas.

But Jacobs told the Opelika-Auburn News he believes Tuberville will remain at Auburn.

Jacobs also Arkansas officials hadn’t contacted him for permission to speak with Tuberville. Tuberville’s contract requires any school interested in Tuberville to receive permission from Jacobs before negotiating with the coach.

“I don’t see anything changing,” Jacobs told the Opelika-Auburn News Thursday night. “I’m looking forward to Tommy being the coach at Auburn for a long, long time.”

Another source close to the negotiations said the reports are “just rumors” and that Tuberville has not accepted an offer from Arkansas. Tuberville’s Auburn contract currently runs through 2011. He is slated to make an average of $3.1 million over the next four years.

The deal also includes a $6 million buyout; Arkansas would have to pay the total to Auburn or negotiate a reduction. Jacobs has previously indicated such negotiations were unlikely to occur.

Tuberville and Jacobs met for several hours Tuesday to negotiate an extension to the coach’s contact. They also discussed several other issues, including raises for Tuberville’s assistant coaches and improvements to the football team’s facilities.

“The meetings went great,” Jacobs said Thursday night.

But the two men were unable to reach an agreement on the issues at hand. Jacobs and Tuberville didn’t meet Wednesday or Thursday. Tuberville left Thursday for a brief duck-hunting trip to Arkansas. He is scheduled to return to Auburn this afternoon.

Jacobs said he expected conversations to continue into next week. In an unexpectedly dramatic twist, the Arkansas-based reports of Tuberville’s supposedly imminent departure came as a taped interview with the coach was being broadcast on Auburn’s radio network. In the segment, taped Thursday morning as part of his weekly radio show, Tuberville addressed the negotiations and rumors of his departure. “I am not looking to go anywhere,” he said.

“I am looking to make sure people understand what we need to do to get better. This program needs to take some steps in some areas to improve.” Tuberville also cautioned fans to be patient with the negotiations. “Contracts take forever,” he said.

In the radio interview, Tuberville indicated he would continue negotiating with AU officials into next week “What we’ve done – and what we’ll probably do for another week – is sit down and look at the best circumstances for this team and program,” he said. “There are a lot of variables you need to look at.”

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Razorback-stabber?

Tuberville to go to Arkansas…thats the word from a friend of mine in Birmingham. Apparently the news is reporting that Tuberville is going to Arkansas. I’m only engaging in this girly gossip because I want dips on Auburntron having the first scoop, like Matt Drudge with the Lewinsky/Clinton dick-sucking incident.  Lets hope its false, then again Clinton isn’t gay…