From The Birmingham News:
Tommy Tuberville is out as Auburn's football coach, The Birmingham News has learned.
An official announcement could come today.
The headline states he is "out". But the lead in from the home page clearly states he was fired:
It seems Auburn is going back to the Bobby Petrino well?:
An unofficial Auburn representative has reached out to people close to Arkansas' Bobby Petrino and Texas Tech's Mike Leach to gauge their interest in succeeding Tommy Tuberville if the school decides to fire him, a source familiar with the contacts told The Birmingham News.
This is a problem. Don't think Petrino will be leaving Arkansas anytime soon:
Petrino's Arkansas contract has a $2.85-million buyout and a non-compete clause that is supposed to prohibit him from leaving Arkansas for another SEC West school.
As an Alabama fan I don't have a dog in this fight, but I really believed Tuberville would be back next year. He's had a rough year but a few other coaches in the SEC did as well.
I'm sure Tuberville will bounce back, in the meantime his $6 million buy-out should TIDE him over.
Predictably, officially, Tuberville resigned:
Tommy Tuberville is resigning as head football coach at Auburn, announced Athletics Director Jay Jacobs, Wednesday. Tuberville has served as the program's head coach the last 10 seasons.
``Tommy and I have had the opportunity to discuss the direction of the program,'' Jacobs said. ``Through those discussions, Tommy felt it would be in his and the programs best interest to step aside as Auburns head football coach.
Auburn will honor his buyout, which is only $5.1 million, not the $6 million previously reported:
Tommy Tuberville's lovely parting gift is a little smaller than we thought.
Tuberville's yearly buyout was prorated each month, so the $6 million buyout we knew of when the year started is actually $5.1 million today. That's what he'll receive from Auburn University after the football coach resigned Wednesday, according to someone familiar with the contract.
Auburn announced Wednesday night that the school is honoring the contracts of Tuberville and all of his assistants. Auburn is obligated to pay offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who was fired Oct. 8, the rest of this year's $280,000 salary, plus the same amount in 2009. Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads signed for $305,000 annually. His contract is guaranteed through 2009.