Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, who won 85 games and one SEC championship in 10 seasons, won't return as the Tigers' coach in 2009, multiple sources close to the situation confirmed on Wednesday.
The decision was made after Tuberville met with Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs for the second time in as many days on Wednesday.
The decision was first reported by the Birmingham (Ala.) News on Wednesday.
The Tigers finished 5-7 this season, losing to rival Alabama 36-0 in the Iron Bowl on Saturday. It was the Tigers' worst loss to the Crimson Tide since a 38-0 defeat in 1962.
In the four seasons prior to 2008, Tuberville guided the Tigers to 42 victories and an 82.4-percent winning percentage. His 2004 team finished 13-0 and won the SEC championship, but was left out of the BCS Championship game.
The Tigers had won five of their previous six bowl games, including an overtime victory over Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
Under the terms of Tuberville's contract, Auburn will owe him $3 million in the next 30 days and an additional $3 million within one year.