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Stanford shows interest in Borges
AU offensive coordinator looks at head coach position

By Bradley Handwerger 340-2462

Al Borges knows all about Stanford University, all about its football history.

Stanford knows about Borges, about his innovative offense and penchant for success.

And now, Auburn's offensive coordinator and the Palo Alto., Calif., school might have a chance to get to know each other better.

Stanford fired second-year head coach Walt Harris on Monday following a 1-11 season.

Both Borges and the school would like to learn more about each other, Borges' agent said Wednesday.

"There is some mutual expression of interest," Barry Terranova, Borges' agent, told The Daily.

Terranova said a request from Stanford has not been made to Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs, and that the school isn't at the point in its search to start formally contacting any prospective coaches.

"At this point, I think it's somewhat what we'd call in the business as an information gathering period," Terranova said.

Borges, in Auburn preparing for No. 10 Auburn's Jan. 1 bowl game against No. 22 Nebraska, would not comment on the job opening or his status as a possible candidate.

"It's purely speculation at this point, so I don't feel comfortable speaking," Borges said through a representative of Auburn's media relations department.

Stanford athletics director Bob Bowlsby said he's looking for someone with knowledge of the West Coast as well as someone who can teach the game of football.

Borges would seem to fit that description. He is in his third year as Auburn's offensive coordinator and has coached in the Pac-10 in the past, including stints at Oregon, California and UCLA. He also is a native of Salinas, Calif., some 70-plus miles down the road from Palo Alto.

"People get into the business to become a head coach," Terranova said. "He's 51 years old and has an opportunity to go home to coach the school he followed as a little boy. It's certainly something that he's flattered that they have any interest whatsoever."

Terranova added, "He's known universally throughout the industry as a teacher. Anybody who watches SEC football and Auburn can see that."

But don't read into this that Borges is quick to leave Auburn, Terranova said.

"Al thinks he has the best assistant coaching position in the country," he said. "He loves Auburn and loves the Auburn fans. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with coach Tuberville and is excited about the future at Auburn. "It would take something incredibly unique for him to leave."

Borges makes $290,000. Harris was believed to make nearly $600,000, according to The (San Jose) Mercury News.

Other possible candidates include Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow, San Diego Coach Jim Harbaugh, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe.

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