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What are the golf courses like down at Auburn?

Lots of stuff going on and moving fast on coaching hirings today. I'll try to give you a quick rundown of what I'm hearing. Nothing concrete yet, but I'll update this thread as I get more information. I'm doing this on the fly, so I'll provide links when I can...

Mike Leach withdrew from consideration for the University of Washington job yesterday and was promptly considered to be squarely in the sites of Auburn, but reports are conflicting. Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell thinks that there's a good possibility that Leach is gone, but does not speculate to where. Others say that Auburn doesn't think that Leach would be a good fit. Whichever is the case, there is no denying that Leach is the hottest property out there right now and seemingly, of all teams in the market, Auburn is in the best position to throw copious amounts of dough at him. No word yet if the Dread Pirate Leach will demand his loot in gold coins...

Once Leach withdrew from Washington, it appears that the Huskies will now sign USC OC Steve Sarkisian to replace Tyrone Willingham.

Boise State HC Chris Peterson is still in Auburn's sites, but I'm hearing that Peterson might be in strong negotiations with Mississippi State, being that Peterson and MSU AD Greg Byrne are close friends.

Derek Dooley is still on our list, but I haven't heard any news today...

Probably the strangest rumor growing legs today is that Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt might be in negotiations with Auburn to succeed Tuberville. Nutt has still remained in Auburn's sites and apparently he and AD Pete Boone are chaffing a bit. The Rebels are right now attempting to renegoiate Nutt's contract in an attempt to keep him there. Could Nutt possibly be pulling what Tuberville did last year, burning valuable political capital in an attempt to cement his position?

Just heard from Jim Donnan on the radio that he has heard that we are actively courting Jimbo Fisher at FSU. This is the first I've heard of it today...

MORE UPDATES TO COME. You guys hang in there with me!!

****UPDATE**** Looks like Houston Nutt is off the list...

****UPDATE**** A new contract from Texas Tech is in Leach's hands. It's no where near Tuberville type money, much less what we're probably willing to offer...

****UPDATE**** More details of the new contract Leach has been offered by Texas Tech. Also, details have leaked out that Leach made contact with Auburn yesterday and was basically rebuffed, with Auburn alledgedly believing that Leach wouldn't be a good fit in the SEC.

****UPDATE**** Looks like GA Tech's Paul Johnson might be back in the mix.