November 1, 2008

Tuberville under increasing pressure

Another loss, another week of rumors.

So it goes for embattled head coach Tommy Tuberville after Auburn fell to 4-5 on the season following its 17-7 loss at Ole Miss Saturday.

But Tuberville, who's Tigers dropped their fourth straight game, said the focus shouldn't be on him.

"This team is not playing for me," Tuberville said. "I don't want them to play for me. I want them to play for them and Auburn. That's what it's all about.

"Coaches go and come. Our guys and coaches are working very hard. I'm not putting any pressure on the coaches. I want all these players to play for themselves and their school and that's what it's all about."

Junior cornerback Walter McFadden said the players remain in full support of Tuberville.

"We're a team and coach Tubs has our back and we have his back," McFadden said. "I'll put it out there and say that's our coach. There's no way they're trying to get rid of him because if they do, we all feel like we need to leave."

Tuberville lashed out at the perception that his players have already hung it up for season.

"That's ridiculous to say these kids have quit," Tuberville said. "These are Auburn kids that work hard. They put in more time than most people do in a full-time job just to play a sport.

"When they come in on Saturday's they play hard and they try to win. They are not trying to lose. They are trying to win every game that they play and they're trying to win for Auburn. That's what it's about."

Tuberville claimed he knew all along that 2008 would be a tough year for the Tigers even though they entered the season as a Top 10 team and the SEC West favorite.

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