Auburn AD: Tuberville's Resignation a Surprise

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs says he
was shocked when Tommy Tuberville resigned as football coach.

Jacobs said Thursday that he and university President Jay Gogue
tried to talk him out of it the previous day and had never
considered firing him.

Auburn has hired consultant Bill Carr to help with the search
for a new coach. Jacobs said to his knowledge no university
representative has been in contact with a potential candidate.

Auburn's wish list reportedly could include Texas Tech's Mike
Leach, Louisiana Tech's Derek Dooley and current coaches-in-waiting
Jimbo Fisher of Florida State and Will Muschamp at Texas.

Jacobs said there were no financial constraints for the hire. Tuberville stepped down after 10 seasons.