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Auburn AD says he pleaded with Tuberville to stay on job

Updated: December 5, 2008, 2:58 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville's job was not in jeopardy when he decided to step down and he declined several requests from his bosses to reconsider, athletic director Jay Jacobs said Thursday.

Jacobs said Tuberville's departure after 10 mostly successful seasons was "completely his decision" and that the coach would be leading the Tigers next season if he had not chosen to leave.

"To say the least, I was a little shocked," the AD said. "But after three times ...

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