Tuberville Seeking More Security for Assistant Coaches

NEW YORK (AP) - Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville said Monday that he appreciates the contract extension he was offered on Friday. But he said his first priority is taking care of his assistants.

Tuberville and other college football coaches and administrators are in New York for National Football Foundation Hall of Fame festivities.

The Huntsville Times reported today on its Web site that Tuberville repeated what he has already said. That is that he will stay at Auburn "as long as we are wanted."

He said he is working on making sure his assistant coaches are happy. But their security or salaries would not be part of a written contract extension.

In the past, Tuberville has tried to get more secure contracts for his assistants. He has said they should be paid at the top level among Southeastern Conference staffs.

Athletics director Jay Jacobs left a proposed three-page addendum on Tuberville's desk on Friday. It would extend Tuberville's current contract to six years and pay him at least $19.8 million over the life of the contract.

Under the terms of his contract, Tuberville has until December 31st to accept the extension.

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