Two days before the Iron Bowl, Auburn's president, athletic director and 2 trustees flew to Louisville to talk to Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino.
Petrino is in his first season as head coach at Louisville. Last year, he was Auburn's offensive coordinator - his only season on the Plains. Before that, Petrino ran the offense for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
Auburn University President William F. Walker has released the following statement concerning his meeting with Petrino:
"As a part of my considerations regarding the football coaching situation, I flew to Louisville last Thursday night to meet with Bobby Petrino. This meeting was arranged by a search firm that is assisting me as I deliberate this issue.
Coach Petrino has been mentioned as a candidate for the job should it become available. I have made no decision and am considering my options. This visit was a part of that process.
I was accompanied by Athletic Director David Housel and, at my request, Earlon McWhorter, President Pro Tem of the Board of Trustees and Byron Franklin, a member of the Board who has played college and professional football and knows the game as well as anyone. No one else went with us.
I am continuing to evaluate the football program, my goals for that program and options that may be available to me and Auburn University."
No wonder Tommy Tuberville came up to reporters after the Iron Bowl and said, "It's been nice working with you." It's almost inconceivable to see Tuberville remaining at Auburn now, given the fact that Auburn's president has hired a "search firm" apparently to help find Tuberville's replacement.
Reporter: Jeff Shearer