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Tuberville To Texas A&M Rumors Begin

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By Jay Coulter
jccoulter@gmail.com

As the heat continues to turn up on Dennis Franchione at Texas A&M, expect to see a steady flow of rumors about Tommy Tuberville heading to College Station. In fact, it has already started.

This weekend, Tom Dienhart of the The Sporting News reported that Tuberville had an interest in the A&M job should it come available.

Phillip Marshall of The Huntsville Times disputed this Monday in his blog, saying that Tuberville told him on Sunday that he was happy at Auburn. The fact that Tuberville just moved into a new 9,000 square-foot home has to help things.

The bottom line is that Tuberville is probably at Auburn for the long haul – unless the Dallas Cowboys call. He has said that’s his dream job.

Tuberville spoke on Monday afternoon at the Columbus (Ga.) Quarterback Club and was all smiles. Here’s some of what he had to say...

Running back Tristan Davis could very well return this season. Tuberville believes he can be back in the lineup in four weeks. Davis suffered a broken foot in Gainesville...

Tray Blackmon played at about 80 percent against Florida. Tuberville said that 80 percent of Blackmon was better than nothing. He went on to say that Blackmon’s injury usually takes six weeks to heal and he’s only in week four...

On taking only 63 players instead of the usual 70, Tuberville said that he didn’t want to take players who were only going to sleep and eat...

He said when they called the timeout on fourth and one near the goal line he was thinking about kicking the field goal. But he looked at the young offensive line in front of him and they were looking back like "don't you even think about going for a field goal," so he went for the touchdown...

Tuberville said his players will think he's crazy tomorrow when they go through practice because it's going to be like two-a-days. "I have to do it because they're young and the only way they're going to get better is to practice like that..."

He said the job done by defensive coordinator Will Muschamp against Florida was probably the best he's seen since coming to Auburn...

When asked about recruiting, Tuberville said Alabama’s Nick Saban was going to make things more interesting, but added that Alabama would get about half of the in-state recruits and Auburn would get the other half.

He said that Alabama had some kids committed now that Auburn didn't offer because they don't fit what they are trying to do. Tubs said that recruiting was about done, with only about three or four slots left to fill...

Tuberville said the training room is like nothing he's ever seen and wished he hadn't gone in this morning before coming to Columbus. He said Auburn has more injuries now than the last few years combined...

Saturday’s plan to wear the road white jerseys and helmets without the interlocking AU against Vanderbilt is a nice tribute to the 1957 National Championship team. I just wish they had taken it one more step.

It would have been cool for them to wear white jerseys that actually resembled the one’s worn in 1957. There were no numbers on the shoulders or names on the back of the jerseys in those days. They also wore grey pants.

I’m not sure the NCAA would allow it. You can bet there’s a regulation somewhere governing these kinds of things.

The Tigers are an early nine point favorite this weekend against Vanderbilt. Auburn is 0-3 in the last three games played on Lincoln Financial.

In case you haven’t heard, the October 13th game at Arkansas has been picked up by ESPN and will kickoff at 6:45 p.m. CT from Fayetteville.