Tuberville Shuns Texas A&M Talk

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Tommy Tuberville said today he's worrying about Georgia and Alabama, not a potential job opening at Texas A&M.

No. 18 Auburn's coach declined to discuss reports that his name is high on the Aggies' wish list of candidates if embattled Dennis Franchione is fired at Texas A&M.

Tuberville, a former Texas A&M defensive coordinator, said he will meet with university President Jay Gogue and athletic director Jay Jacobs after the season as usual.

They'll discuss the program and any possible contract negotiations "and we'll go from there."

Tuberville's name has surfaced regarding the Texas A&M job in the past couple of weeks, including in reports yesterday that the university planned to fire Franchione at season's end.

Franchione today denied reports that he was negotiating a contract buyout.

Texas A&M said in a statement yesterday that athletic director Bill Byrne planned to wait until the season ended before evaluating Franchione.

Hiring Tuberville would be expensive. It would cost $6 million to buy him out of the seven-year, 18 million dollar deal he signed after the Tigers went 13-0 in 2004. Tuberville is making 2.6 million dollars this season.

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