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11.26.2007

News of the day, 11/26

BREAKING NEWS: Tommy Tuberville, university president Jay Gogue and athletic director Jay Jacobs met this morning at Samford Hall for the coach's season-ending chat. No major topics were discussed. Tuberville will meet privately with Jacobs later this week for a more substantive discussion. I expect this situation to be wrapped up -- one way or the other -- by the end of this week.

It's looking more and more like Tuberville will be at Auburn in 2008. He doesn't want the world. He just wants some perks that seem reasonable for a staff that just built Auburn's longest winning streak against Alabama. I think they'll get most of the stuff they want. There will have to be some concessions made on both sides, but I expect a middle ground to be found. He'll make $2.8 million next season. It's not like he's struggling to eat. He knows that.

UPDATE: Here is what Jacobs had to say on Monday afternoon after lunch:
“President Gogue, Tommy, and I visited today and had a great meeting. As I’ve previously stated, Tommy’s our coach and we’re proud of his accomplishments. Tommy and I will sit down and meet in the near future as we do at the end of every season. We’ll discuss what we can do to make the program better and build upon the success that we’ve sustained. Once we’ve met, I will make a recommendation to President Gogue.”


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Hey everyone. So you read the breaking news. That's pretty much what's happening around the Complex today. I'll be back tomorrow with more coverage of this awkward back-and-forth story.

We're bruising through the news like Clubber Lang here at the HOTTEST Auburn blog on the 'net.

Now it sounds like Houston Nutt may be out at Arkansas, which would follow what I heard was his plan all along. ESPN says the buyout will be $3.5 million. Perfect for him. Now he can throw that in the bank and go make $1 million coaching 'em up at Georgia Tech, SMU, Baylor or, heck, why not Ole Miss?

Texas A&M has hired Mike Sherman as its next head coach. Tuberville wasn't a serious consideration.

Chan Gailey has been fired at Georgia Tech. I guess back-to-back wins against Auburn wasn't enough to save his job. Oh, wait. That was four years ago. If I was Dan Radakovich, AD at Tech, I'd hire Will Muschamp. Not Nutt.

12 Comments:

Blogger Live and Let Blog said...

Nutts out. i wonder how that went down? by choice?

2:19 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I thought the ESPN story was pretty clear that this was a mutual decision. That's sometimes said in situations where it wasn't a mutual deal.

I really think this one is.

3:15 PM  
Blogger AUBURN FOOTBALL STUFF said...

AND you laughed at me after Nutt beat LSU.... I am batting 20 per cent on my predictions... yeahhhhh.

LOL

3:58 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

We love Houston Nutt here at the HABOTN, where we hope mediocrity one day will make us rich as well.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Sullivan013 said...

Muschamp would be a fool to leave this year. While his defense has been outstanding, it hasn't been coupled with a consistant offense. Let Borges get one more spring with Kodi and Blake with a very solid group of young, tough linemen and some fresh talented receivers, and this could be a championship team.

The time to leave is when your stock is highest, right after winning the SEC (like Chizik did after the 2004 season) not when you're 8-4.

After Muschamp gets a crack at the WV spread offense next year and Auburn begins to roll,...then you can worry about him leaving at the end of the season.

Sullivan013

12:23 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Believe me when I say that I do not worry about Muschamp leaving. I hope he leaves. Will is a cool dude, a great coach, someone who wants to be a head coach and totally deserving of a head coach job this minute.

I hope for his sake that a great opportunity comes along.

7:51 AM  
Blogger AUQno4 said...

I for one think Arkansas is making a big mistake just like Ole Miss a few years ago. Nutt is a great coach who made mistakes off the field. Look for those running backs to definitely bolt for the NFL now. I am kinda of glad he is gone though because he had our number a lot.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous weagle251 said...

If it was just Nutt that had our number, then expect Ole Miss to get a bit more competitive.

Jay, have you guys mentioned that someone set fire to Toomer's Corner Sunday morning around 2:30? I would've thought it'd get at least a mention in the major newspapers, especially with the pictures that are circulating on the internet of it.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ole Miss will get back to winning 7 or 8 games a year.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I agree that Ole Miss will again be a 7- or 8-win team pretty quickly. That's the ceiling, of course, but that's what Nutt gives you.

I, for one, am glad to see Nutt somewhere that fits him better. He's a good coach and a good guy.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About Auburn's future. If Borges stays, we may see something we didn't quite expect give the output these last two seasons. How much did Cox limit what Borges could do? I'd have to guess quite a bit after putting too much though into it.

I think too much is put into Kodi Burns' "failure". Not sure how he failed in how little he was used. I do know he developed some nervous mechanical problems. Kodi wasn't ready to go and that's that. He shouldn't have been used. Or, he should have been used in another role...say, receiver.

As Jay may put it, that's simply makes too much sense for a Tuberille coached team. There have been so many playas that didn't play. I'll always harp on Joe Walkins.

Back to the subject matter...

Auburn is really stacked on both sides of the ball for '08. Just need a QB who can get us out of the third downs that have plagued us for two seasons.

Third downs, guys. That's where we have failed. That's where defenses cash in on us.

1:40 PM  
Blogger AUQno4 said...

Man, Weagle 251, I didn't even know there was a fire, but I thought I would share this. I was just at Toomer's corner this weekend sharing this with my nephew. When we last played Tennessee at Jordan - Hare, I was at Toomers. My friend and I noticed this Tennessee fan amongst all of us jubilent Tiger fans. He stood out because he was obviously upset. We pointed and laughed and walked a little ways down College St. No less than 2 minutes later the tree was on fire! We immediately thought the Tennessee fan was the culprit. So, my bet this time would be that a disgruntled Alabama fan committed the crime!

4:25 PM  

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