LIVE -- Jay Jacobs press conference
The HABOTN is on hand.
- Jacobs has arrived.
- "I asked Tommy to lay out a comprehensive plan. Yesterday in our meeting, Tommy told me that he'd like to resign. We will honor his contract. His willingness and assurances that he wants to continue to be part of the Auburn family" ... is why they paid him the buyout even though he quit.
- The search: Bill Carr will be handling the search. Jacobs will be meeting with Carr later today.
- What happened with Tuberville, going from hopeful to resigning in two days' time: "You'd have to ask Tommy about that."
- Had Tuberville not resigned, would he have been the coach next season: "Absolutely."
- Search: "We're going to be as efficient as we possibly can."
- Has Auburn contacted anyone yet: "Not to my knowledge."
- Current assistants: "We're going to honor their contract. Tommy said he would help stay and call these commitments that we have. If they want to continue recruiting, we'd love for them to continue to do that."
- Atmosphere at the final meeting: "I was a little shocked. After three times of asking him if he'd change his mind, he convinced me that" this was the best thing for Auburn.
- On his emotions: "We prayed. It's a tough business. He was involved in the interview process when Dr. Richardson when I interviewed for athletic director. With me asking, I understand he supported me."
- Is Tuberville just tired" "It's a tough business. You'd have to ask Tommy that. I respect his decision."
- Did a 36-0 loss to Alabama end this?: "That's the first time I've thought about that score since Saturday night. That had nothing to do with it."
- "We have a list of coaches. We're going to hire the best person for Auburn regardless of what his title may be."
- Quick search: "We're not going to rush to judgment."
- Paying a buyout even though Tuberville resigned: "We just thought that was the best way to treat him."
- On the search: "Financially, we will have no contraints."
- Is Tuberville going to coach again?: Jacobs says he told Auburn that he would get no money if he had another job in mind. "He said he planned to be here about a year."
- Auburn was going to let Tuberville leave for free (ie no buyout) had he wanted another job.
- Was there ever a time when you thought Tuberville wasn't the guy?: "No. He said he wanted to do this five more years. I told the president that Tommy wants to be here five years and it's my job to get him through the five years."
JASON BOSLEY SPEAKS
- "I was upset when I first found out. (The Wednesday meeting) was very emotional. He loves his players. He made sure everyone knew that."
- "I loved playing for him. He stood up for his players. When times were tough, he had our backs. He just made sure people did things the way they were supposed to."
- "He gave me a chance when nobody else would. He took a chance on me. I respect him and I'd love him. Right now, I'd run through a wall for him."
- "One day they love you and the next day, it's cut-throat."
- Did he quit on you: "I don't believe that whatsoever."
- Seeing Tuberville emotional last night: "It was probably one of the toughest things I've had to do in a long time."
END OF INTERVIEW