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Auburn, Tuberville agree to two-year contract extension

NEW YORK -- Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville agreed
to a two-year contract extension Tuesday that includes a $200,000
annual raise and ends speculation that he might leave for another
job.

The extension of the contract makes it a six-year agreement, worth an
average of 3.3 million annually through 2013.

"We're very pleased with the success, hard work and efforts of coach Tuberville and his staff," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement released by the school. "Tommy and I worked
patiently though this process and did what was best for Auburn. He has
not only achieved success with a winning program, but has
student-athletes that graduate and represent Auburn in the finest
manner."

Tuberville, who was in New York for National Football Hall of
Fame functions, told The Birmingham News and The Huntsville Times
that he and athletic director Jay Jacobs reached an agreement that
will run through the 2013 season. They completed the deal Tuesday
afternoon in a meeting at his hotel.

Tuberville had been mentioned as a candidate for the now-filled
Texas A&M job and the Arkansas opening, which remains vacant.

"We're excited about it," Tuberville said. "It's one of those
things that we worked it slow. I know people have been anxious. I
haven't been looking at any other job. I don't want any other job. I love Auburn. We want to be at Auburn a long time, as long as we
can be there. Good things happen slow. We're excited about it."

He said the deal includes a buyout clause and will provide
security for his assistant coaches.

"We made sure the coaches are comfortable, and they are,"
Tuberville said. "They're excited about it."

The contract includes a buyout that will be at $6 million in
2008, $5 million in 2009 and $4 million after that if Tuberville
leaves for another job or is fired.

"I'd like to thank the best college football fans in the
country, the Auburn fans and the Auburn family for their support and
patience over the last few weeks," Tuberville said in a statement released by the school. "Myself and the
entire coaching staff are excited about the past, present and especially
the future of Auburn football."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.