Tuberville Replacing Borges

Al Borges

Auburn has made a change on the football team's coaching staff prior to the bowl game.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville will be looking for a new offensive coordinator for the 2008 season after making the decision to replace Al Borges, who has directed the Tigers' offense the past four years.

Borges, a veteran coach who came to Auburn from Indiana University, also coached quarterbacks for the Tigers.

Although Tuberville has not commented on changes on his coaching staff, multiple sources have told Inside the Auburn Tigers that Borges is no longer part of the staff and that in the Chick-fil-A Bowl the Tigers will have someone other than Borges calling the plays for the first time since the 2003 season when current tight ends coach Steve Enmsinger and current offensive line coach Hugh Nall shared those duties.

After two successful offensive seasons in 2004 and 2005 at Auburn when the Tigers led the Southeastern Conference in scoring, Borges' offenses have struggled the past two years.

In 2006 Auburn finished the regular season eighth in the SEC and 56th nationally in scoring with an average of 24.8 points per game. This season the Tigers are averaging 24.3 points per game, which is ninth in the SEC and 82nd nationally.

Borges is shown on the sideline during the 2006 season.

In total offense, the Tigers are averaging 327.8 yards per game this season, which is 101st of 119 Division I teams. Auburn averaged 320.9 yards per game in 2006, which was 82nd nationally and 10th in the SEC.

Borges, who began his coaching career at Salinas, Calif., High School in 1975 moved to the college ranks at the University of California in 1982. Other college stops include Diablo Valley College, Portland State, Boise State, Oregon and UCLA. He was at Indiana from 2002-2003 before moving to Auburn where he was the coordinator for the unbeaten 2004 team.

This year's Auburn team takes an 8-4 record into the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta where the Tigers will take on Clemson on New Year's Eve at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Tuberville may have a replacement on board in time to coach the Tigers in the bowl game. One of the primary candidates is expected to be Troy University offensive coordinator Tony Franklin.

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