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Tuberville Won’t Coach at Auburn

November 11, 1998

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Mississippi’s Tommy Tuberville eliminated himself from contention to become Auburn’s next football coach, saying he has no interest in leaving the Rebels.

``I’m not involved in the Auburn thing and don’t want to be,″ Tuberville said. ``I have a job and look forward to being here a long time.″

Tuberville said he wasn’t sure how his name got thrown on Auburn’s list of candidates because he never expressed interest in the job that opened Oct. 23 following Terry Bowden’s resignation.

Auburn defensive coordinator Bill Oliver has been in charge of the team since Bowden’s departure, and Tuberville said he would be surprised if Auburn didn’t give Oliver the head coaching job.

``I think in the long run, Auburn will rally and support Bill Oliver,″ Tuberville said. ``I’d be shocked if they don’t hire him.″

Oliver, 2-1 since taking over for Bowden, reportedly had a formal interview Wednesday with Auburn athletic director David Housel.

Aside from Tuberville and Oliver, the three other frequently mentioned candidates are: coach Bobby Wallace of Temple, defensive coordinator Bob Stoops of Florida and former TCU coach Pat Sullivan.

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