The injury update for West Virginia-Auburn at Mountaineer Field Thursday:
* Defensive lineman Pat Liebig is expected to return to play as a backup after missing the past three Mountaineers (4-2) games due to a lingering concussion.
* Mountaineers quarterback Patrick White is ready and "raring to go" against the Tigers (4-3), Coach Bill Stewart said today, after missing one game and one quarter, also because of a concussion.
* And Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, despite rumors and internet reports, didn't have a stroke.
He said it, not me. (And you thought Stewart and West Virginia were catching flak. . . .)
“Over the last week or so, there obviously have been a lot of things said,” Tuberville began at a news conference this afternoon in Auburn, Ala. “I just want everybody to know things are going good. I did not have a stroke. I’m not tired of coaching. I’m as fired up as ever. I feel as good as I ever have about coaching. I still have that drive; I read that my drive was gone[, too.] No, we did not negotiate a contract last week. That’s a new one that came out. . . . I’ve been here 10 years. I plan on being here 10 more years.
“It’s just amazing the rumors going around when things aren’t going as good as you hope. No matter what happens, you’re going to have years where it doesn’t work out. I’m looking forward to the next five weeks and seeing how we can do. All the detractors from outside that keep throwing stones at us, that’s fine. I appreciate the sympathy cards for all my illnesses and all that. I go to church, and people ask me if I'm all right. I knew right then this thing was getting out of hand. That's why I wanted to make a short statement that I'm going to make it through the week.
"That's a paid policital announcement from Tommy Tuberville."