AUBURN, Ala. (AP) _ Hindman Wall, athletic director at Tulane for nearly a decade until ousted in the midst of a basketball point-shaving scandal in 1985, says he is surprised and pleased at the prospect of returning to Auburn as associate athletic director.

I'm very excited about this opportunity. I never expected to get back into (college athletics),'' Wall said.

''Auburn came after me and I seriously don't think I would have done this anywhere else,'' said Wall, who was a member of Auburn's 1957 national championship football team. ''I had several other opportunities but I turned them down.''

Wall was not implicated in the Tulane scandal that caused the end of the Green Wave men's basketball program.

Athletic Director and football Coach Pat Dye Wednesday night said Wall will take over his new position, now held by Oval Jaynes, beginning Oct. 1.

Jaynes is leaving Auburn to become athletic director at Colorado State.

''I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to return to Auburn and to have the opportunity to work with Coach Dye and other members of the Auburn staff who are doing such a fine job,'' Wall said.

Wall, 50, will be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the athletic department.

''I've always wanted to be at Auburn and I am extremely appreciative for the opportunity to come home,'' he said.

Dye said he was ''extremely pleased to have Hindman joining our staff.''

''Under normal circumstances, I would say we are happy to have Hindman joining our Auburn family, but he is already a member of the Auburn family. He's just coming home,'' said Dye.

''Oval Jaynes has done an excellent job for us as associate athletic director. We are fortunate to have a man with Hindman's experience and ability to take up where Oval is leaving so that our overall program can continue to grow and improve.''

Wall was athletic director at Tulane from 1976-85. He served as assistant athletic director at Kansas State and athletic director at Cincinnati before going to Tulane in 1976.

At Auburn, Wall played end for Coach Ralph ''Shug'' Jordan's 1957 team that went 10-0. He also starred in track and held the school's javelin record for many years.