AU, Tuberville Still Talking

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Still basking in the glow of Auburns win over Alabama Saturday, fans, alumni and students are wondering what's going on in football coach Tommy Tuberville's contract negotiations.

Tuberville met with school President Jay Gogue and athletic director Jay Jacobs on Monday. That was two days after the 23rd-ranked Tigers won a school-record sixth consecutive meeting with rival Alabama. Tuberville spent most of Tuesday huddled with Jacobs, too.

Tuberville was out of the office yesterday, and the two didn't meet.

Athletics department spokesman Kirk Sampson said the coach is also scheduled to be out today and tomorrow and spend four days after that in New York City for the College Football Hall of Fame festivities.

Neither Tuberville nor Jacobs immediately responded to messages left seeking comment yesterday.

Among the topics believed to be under discussion are a contract extension, multiyear deals for Tuberville's assistants and facilities upgrades such as a full-sized indoor practice field.

Tuberville had a massive new house completed in Auburn earlier this year and has spent nine mostly successful seasons with the Tigers, including a 13-0 record in 2004.

Tuberville is three seasons into a seven-year contract signed in February 2005. The current deal would pay him an average of $3.1 million over the next four years with a $6 million buyout if he leaves for another job.