AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Tommy Tuberville's No. 1 criteria in hiring
Auburn's next offensive coordinator might not be a fancy system but
his ability to land the players to run it.
"What I'm looking for is somebody that fits into what we'd like
to do, but also gives us a future in terms of being able to
recruit," Tuberville said. "That's 99 percent of it. You've got
to be able to get players to buy into what you're doing, on defense
and offense. Then you have to have a good salesman. It starts with
the head coach and then it goes to the offensive and defensive
He said he has had a big stack of resumes pile up on his desk
since firing Tony Franklin but won't make any moves until after the
season. It's a frequent topic for all of the Tigers' offensive
"They're all wondering, 'What are you going to do on
offense?"' Tuberville said. "We're not going to change much of
what we're doing. We're still going to be multiple. They always
want to know who's going to be in charge of what they're doing."
He said recruiting ability and success will also be the biggest
factor when he conducts his normal evaluation of his assistant
coaching staff after the season.
At least one Auburn player dismissed speculation that
Tuberville's own job security could be shaky after four consecutive
"His job's not in jeopardy," tailback Brad Lester said.
"People say that every time a coach has a bad year. Coach Tubs
does a good job and he's not going anywhere.
"People talk and we hear rumors and stuff like that about jobs
and stuff like that. It's just, people like to talk."
How worried is Tuberville? "I'm not worried at all," he said.
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