Tuberville now under contract through 2008

Updated: December 11, 2003, 3:55 PM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2008 season, a few weeks after top school officials were trying to replace him.

Tuberville said he met with university president William Walker and athletic director David Housel on Monday in New York.

"It's going to help recruiting and settle a few things down we were having problems with after going through this process," Tuberville said Thursday at a news conference for the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

Walker, Housel and two trustees met with Louisville coach Bobby Petrino on Nov. 20, but they backed off their coaching search after the trip became public.

Tuberville earns $1.5 million annually. His contract includes a $3 million buyout if he decides to leave or the school fires him. The agreement also has a $1 million contract completion bonus.

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