Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville's job was not in jeopardy when he decided to step down Wednesday, and he declined several requests from his bosses to reconsider, athletic director Jay Jacobs said yesterday.
Jacobs said Tuberville's departure after 10 mostly successful seasons was "completely his decision."
"To say the least, I was a little shocked," Jacobs said. "I asked him three times [to reconsider], and so did the [university] president."
Jacobs said he and president Jay Gogue agreed to pay Tuberville the buyout price of $5.1 million - even though it was not required since he wasn't fired - because they felt it was the right thing to do.
Huskies mum on Sarkisian
Washington AD Scott Woodward
had no comment last night on a report that the Huskies had offered Southern Cal assistant head coach Steve Sarkisian
their head coaching job. ESPN.com
, citing unidentified sources, reported that Sarkisian will be hired to replace the fired Tyrone Willingham
. "We do not have an announcement to make," Woodward said. When asked if the report was wrong, Woodward said, "We'll see when the announcement comes. Stay tuned." Texas Tech coach Mike Leach
, meanwhile, removed himself from consideration for the position, as did Fresno State's Pat Hill
. . . Utah defensive coordinator Gary Andersen
is leaving to take over as head coach at Utah State. Andersen planned to meet with Utah coach Kyle Whittingham
today to decide whether he'll still have a role with the No. 7 Utes in their bowl game. Andersen replaces Brent Guy
, who was fired last month . . . Toledo hired Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman
as head coach. He'll replace Tom Amstutz
, who resigned last month . . . Mike Teel
threw for 447 yards and matched a Big East record with seven TD passes as Rutgers (7-5, 5-2) dismantled Louisville, 63-14, in Piscataway, N.J., for the Scarlet Knights' sixth straight win . . . Fresno State accepted a bid to play in the New Mexico Bowl. The Bulldogs (7-5) will meet a Mountain West team Dec. 20 . . . UMass quarterback Liam Coen
was named winner of the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award as the outstanding senior in all divisions in New England.
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