Team preview: Auburn

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Just one year removed from what is now known in Alabama as "Jetgate," Tommy Tuberville was on top of the college football world.

Go figure.

After leading Auburn to a 13-0 season, a Southeastern Conference championship and a No. 2 national ranking, Tuberville was no longer the coach that Auburn fired and then re-hired. He was a wanted man.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Mobile Register, each citing anonymous sources, reported that Tuberville was interested in the then-vacant LSU job if LSU was interested in him. Tuberville issued some denials, of course, though neither newspaper retracted the stories. Instead of bolting the Plains, however, Tuberville got a seven-year, $18.2 million deal that includes a $7 million buyout for either side if the deal is voided in the first two years. After that, the buyout drops to $3 million by 2011.

Tuberville, who was selected national coach of the year by several publications, signed the deal in mid-February. His compensation for the coming season will be at least $2 million and increase to at least $3.2 million by 2011.