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Auburn's Borges resigns

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges resigned on Tuesday after almost four years with the Tigers.

Borges won’t coach the Tigers against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said he would look to have a replacement by Friday when the Tigers begin bowl practice.

After speaking with coach Tuberville for the better part of 20 minutes, it became increasingly clear that Auburn needed a new offensive coordinator,'' Borges said in a release.

Borges joined the Tigers in 2004 and played a huge role in the Tigers finishing 13-0 behind veteran offensive players like Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown and Jason Campbell. The Auburn offense continued to fare well in 2005 under Brandon Cox, but has struggled in the last two seasons.

The Tigers are 101st in total offense this season. Auburn was ninth in the Southeastern Conference in scoring offense and 10th in total offense, averaging just 24.3 points and 327.8 yards.

''Al did a good job for us during his tenure and we appreciate everything that he did for Auburn,” Tuberville said in a release. “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.''

Troy University offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has emerged as the top candidate to replace Borges. Franklin, who spent several years working under former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme, employs a spread offense that emphasizes a mobile quarterback.

Troy quarterback Omar Haugabook claimed 2006 Sun Belt Conference player of the year honors under Franklin’s tutelage. The Trojans led the Sun Belt in scoring offense and total offense and ranked third in passing offense and third in rushing offense in 2007.

Auburn could also be in the market for another defensive coordinator. Media reports out of Fayetteville, Ark., are saying that Auburn’s Will Muschamp could be a top candidate to replace Houston Nutt. The Razorbacks have been turned down by several head coaches and the search has turned to coordinators, according to published reports.

All season long, Tuberville and Borges denied rumors all season there was discord between them. Tuberville said he discussed things with Borges in the last week.

''After a decision was made, I began looking for a new coordinator,” Tuberville said. “We hope to have someone on board in the near future.''

Borges graduated from California State-Chico in 1981 and had successful tenures at Oregon, UCLA and Cal while running a West Coast offense. He spent two years at Indiana before Tuberville hired him.